Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George


Summary from Amazon:

Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But can he fix his own?
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people's lives.


My Thoughts:

     I read the description for this book and immediately wanted to read it; a literary apothecary? Amazing idea!  The first several chapters were wonderful and I found myself underlining many passages. “With all due respect, what you read is more important in the long term that the man you marry, ma chere, Madame.”  J
   Monsieur Perdu is said to have transperception; he can discern from a single conversation exactly what a soul lacks and then can prescribe the exact right book to help heal this ailment.  He helped heal hundreds of people suffering from loneliness, fear, and grief…except for himself.  This is the story of how Perdu healed and once again learn to love.
     This is a story of deep grief and loss but also of hope and love of people, life and of course, books!  I loved the concept of the floating book pharmacy and the writing is very good but other than enjoying these ideas and a few funny moments this book was just okay to me.  I think maybe if you both in a place of grief and a lover of books you would enjoy this much more.  Not that I didn’t get something out of this story but I did not feel a deep connection to any of the characters.  2/5
Has anyone else read this one? How did you feel about the book overall?

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