Frances Wilson

Scents and Sensibility

Perfumes: The Guide

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Perfume is an art and not a science, argue Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez in Perfumes: The Guide – but it is really a language. To be more precise, perfume is a text. One particular perfume described in these pages is the equivalent-for-some of Finnegan’s Wake: ‘needlessly complex and hard to read, like an experimental novel beloved of critics that you take on holiday resolving to finish at last but swap at the airport for a Robert Ludlum thing with a cracking yarn’. 

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