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.
Jean Perdu runs a book shop located a barge moored on the Seine in Paris. When a broken heart shakes Perdu from his moorings, he embarks on a journey down France's storied waterways accompanied by Max Jordan, his neighbor and a young author whose early success has paralyzed his creativity. Voice actor West beautifully demonstrates Perdu's evolution over the course of the novel, from an aloof loner to a reluctant father figure, while also providing the voice of Max, his pitch rising at the end of nearly every sentence like it's a question, then growing in confidence, and a little bit of mischief, as Max rediscovers his muse. The other two performances are less successful, not because actresses Bering and Campbell aren't excellent (Bering in particular has a perfect French accent), but because the novel itself gives them so little time compared to Perdu. A Crown hardcover.
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!!!
It’s such a perfect little getaway
I loved this story!
If you’re stuck in the monotony of life this is a perfect little escape adventure.
He traps himself in a life he’s miserable in then pulls anchor and escapes from it. (Sorry keeping it vague)
I love that he treats people using books and I wish she had gone into that a little more.
There is such an emotional depth in this story! The wisdom and insight revealed in this story is versatile and I loved stopping and dwelling.
Great story and glad I read it on a whim. It’s not a long read but it’s worth it!