Monday, August 19, 2013

scent in literature

"I knew this one guy, massive 'rhoidasaurus, he'd been a professional wrestler before war.  We were walking up the freeway near Pulaski, New York, when the wind picked up the scent of a jackknifed big rig.  It'd been loaded with bottles of perfume, nothing fancy, just cheap, strip mall scent.  He froze and started bawlin' like a kid.  Couldn't stop.  He was a monster with a two grand body count, an ogre who'd once picked up a G(houl) and used it as a club for hand-to-hand combat. Four of us had to carry him out on a stretcher. We figured the perfume must have reminded him of someone.  We never found out who."             
                                                                             (from World War Z by Max Brooks)

Has anyone else read this book?  I really liked it - and had to read it before I see the movie.  Because if I don't read a book before I see the movie, chances are I won't read the book. 

I'm finally wearing perfume more than one day a week!  Yeehaw!   I have been testing a few things, and I continue to wear Le Labo Labdanum 18 and Les Nereides Patchouli Antique a lot lately.  I went to a dinner party the other night and put on some Ineke After My Own Heart, which was quite nice as most of our time was spent in our friends' beautiful garden. Even though lilacs are no longer in bloom, it kind of felt right.

Summer is winding down, and I have been doing a bit of canning - mostly pickles and jams.  The weather has been cool for August, which is so very nice, and one of the reasons I'm wearing perfume more often.

(a bowl of snapdragon blossoms, which has nothing to do with this post other than I like the photo!)

10 comments:

  1. I haven't read the book but my vSO who read it (before they decided to make a movie our of it) told me some stories from there.

    I enjoy wearing Labdanum 18 too.

    Speaking of Ineke, have you seen their new Scent Library?

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    1. Hello Undina!

      I really like that book - interesting concept (the interviews) too!

      I had seen mentions of the Scent Library on blogs, but thanks for the link - how nice to see it is quite affordable.

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  2. Ah, the power of perfume! It can level even the burliest, most brutish of men. :D

    Loved the quote, Carol. I've not read that book but will see if I might want to add it to my reading list.

    Happy pickling and canning. You smell so good in your Labdanum 18!

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    1. I always find it interesting, Suzanne, when male authors write about scent; esp. in a zombie book (and we're not talking about the scent of rotting flesh here, either!)

      Thanks! I have to do some pickled beets today!

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  3. I enjoyed that paragraph very much, but had neither heard of the book or the film. I am delighted that Labdanum 18 is such a hit with you in this cooler summer weather. Our August has been similar - a bit rainy, a bit windy, a bit sunny - a bit this and that, basically. To coincide with my holiday, boo!

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    1. Hey Bonks - Labdanum is a hit in every type of weather!! Now we're getting mid-80s weather - sigh, I liked it the last few weeks when it barely hit 80, but at least it isn't humid! ;)

      Boo is right! Hope your holiday is enjoyable even if the weather isn't cooperating.

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  4. My comment keeps getting eaten, but I'll give it one more try.

    In essence, 1) Yes, I've read World War Z, and just loved it. Who knew there could be so much social commentary in a book about zombies? 2) I've still in recovery mode after getting my gallbladder out, and have surprised myself by reaching for Yves Rocher's Noix de Coco almost exclusively. Its sweet coconut-vanilla has been just the thing while popping T3's.

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    1. Ohhh cool that you also read it, Dionne!! I so enjoyed it!

      I hope that you're healing well - thinking about you!

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  5. I haven't read that one - but I am in the process of stocking my end of summer reading list. I just realized today that somehow I've made it through a lot of the books I had on my Kindle, and have collected a whole bunch of other things I'd like to read and now need to see if I can get from the library. The book list is the only list that is always longer than the perfume list. :)

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    1. Hello Natalie! Yes, my book list is also longer than my perfume list!! I'd be interested in seeing what you think if you do read WWZ.

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