The Little Paris Bookshop
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Still grieving for a love he lost 20 years ago, shop owner Perdu finds fulfillment prescribing books to his customers to treat the "afflictions of the soul,” but is unable to help himself. When Perdu finally embarks on an adventure, we delighted in his reawakening, which is aided by a cast of eccentric supporting characters. Told in a dreamy, lyrical style, The Little Paris Bookshop is both a celebration of literature and a cautionary tale about becoming too wrapped up in escapism.
A bookseller embarks on a quest for his own happy ending in George's novel. Jean Perdu's Literary Apothecary is unique among Paris bookshops, and not just because it's a barge moored on the Seine. Perdu has the uncanny ability to prescribe the perfect book to cure any spiritual malady: heartbreak, loneliness, ennui. But for 21 years ever since the woman he loved walked out of his life Perdu has lived an ascetic, routine-filled existence, and he's never opened the farewell letter she left for him. When he's finally compelled to read it, the unexpected contents spur him to hoist his anchor and take the bookstore barge on a trip upriver to Avignon, in search of closure and forgiveness. Max Jordan, an eccentric young author paralyzed by writer's block, hitches a ride as the boat is pulling out of port. Along the way the pair encounters a host of other quirky characters, who feed Perdu incredible cuisine, help unravel a long-unsolved literary mystery, and teach him to feel joy again. Though George's prose is sometimes a bit overwrought and the "physician, heal thyself" plot device has been done to death, her cast of engaging characters keeps the story moving. Her sumptuous descriptions of both food and literature will leave readers unsure whether to run to the nearest library or the nearest bistro.
I'm not one to write reviews on the books I have read, but this one has inspired me to give my "two cents worth." So much of the work written today is loud and offensive, but not this one. The Little Paris Bookshop thoughtfully leads you into a lovely story about healing and love. It conjures up vivid images of the scenery and the characters.
It would be nice if the iBooks store had more of Nina George's work available in the English translation.
Little Paris Bookshop
Such a beautiful story about love, loss, and friendship, and books! What books can do for a reader! I have never thought of books as medicine, but after reading this book, I definitely can now. A great read, I couldn't put it down!!!
A fantasy without soul or substance
It started well but a few chapters into it the novel derails into a senseless, mediocre fantasy.