For better or worse, few things can as quickly transport you to another place, time, or experience as a smell.  These olfactory reminders are often so strong and instantaneous that they can’t be avoided.  Ideally, they trigger happy memories, even nostalgia-tinged, rather than trauma.

‘They were there like a smell that carries memory.’

Source: Russell Hoban, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz (London: Picador, 1979), p. 142

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