I hadn’t previously thought much about the history of scents, so when I saw this book on NetGalley I decided on a whim to read it. I found the book to be interesting and informative.
This book chronicles the history of scent from religion to the perfume industry to the smells of our surroundings. Each chapter included a vast amount of information that, while technical, was still incredibly interesting to read about. The chapters seem to touch on most things and go into depth about a few of those things (which is good because if the author went into depth on everything, the book would be at least 900 pages). Each chapter felt complete and understandable; with many subchapters within the chapter to clarify and elaborate upon the information.
The writing in this book was tolerable. The author writes in a rather academic manner, making this book a challenge to read at times. I didn’t have a problem reading the technical writing but that being said, I think that a more approachable writing style would have been better suited to this book and its topic.
Above all, I’d say that this book is an incredibly informative read. Having never thought much about the world of scents, despite using my nose on a daily basis, this book was an eye-opening account on the history of the scented world. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest on histories of unique things or scents. If you’re used to academic readings then this book should be a piece of cake to read.
I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.