As an avid reader, I always love an opportunity to receive a free book on the topic that interests me. Perfumes certainly qualify as a topic.
Therefore, I was more than happy to receive an ARC of The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose, especially as The Reincarnationist has been on my to-be-read pile for some time (it's still there, I'm afraid).
And speaking of reincarnation, even though I haven't read any other books by MJ Rose, reincarnation seems to be a recurring theme.
If I were to say my thoughts on the subject, it would probably be, I believe it's possible but I can't say I'm sure it's real. Then again, most of the stuff I believe fall into the same category. :)
Onto the book itself.
I love the idea of a perfume that enables you to become aware of your past lives. I must say, I never before heard of memory tools out of the history that made that possible. I don't know if that part of the book is real or invented.
I just realized, I cannot put this book in a category. If I were to classify it, it would be a novel about a quest. Intentional and unintentional.
Also, it's obviously a novel by an author who put a lot of research into the perfume industry (every perfumista out there will recognize so many familiar problems, issues and notes). I'm still wondering about blue lotus...
The book poses so many questions. At the same time, there are many wonderful ideas to be taken from it.
Perfumers are artists (and Jac being the true manifestation and at the same time struggling with her genius), scents described in colors, all the things to see in Paris (I'm visiting L'Orangerie on my next trip), the whole reincarnation - Lama - Tibet angle, love (although I'm not terribly happy with the love scenes), the sorcerer of scent idea...
I won't tell you the details of the story but I will tell you that if you order the book before March 1, you are eligible for a sample of perfume being released alongside the book (although only for residents of USA and Canada I'm afraid):
How does it work?
1. Just click on the preferred website and pre-order THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES from the links below.
2. Email the receipt or a scan of it to LostFragrances@gmail.com along with your name and your Snail mail address for fragrance delivery.
Your sample of Âmes Sœurs will be shipped to you on or before March 13th. The book will arrive separately, from the store of your choice, at the same time so you can enjoy both together.
Barnes & Noble
Btw, I completely forgot to mention the Âmes Sœurs angle - souls finding each other again and again through time, but then again, you won't miss that angle once you start reading. :)
And speaking of that, it's all left a bit hanging in the end - I realize the idea behind it but I think the perspective should have been explained better.
All in all, a very interesting book to read.
*Offer ends March 1st, is limited numbers of supplies available and only to readers in the US and Canada.