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The Little Paris Bookshop

The Little Paris Bookshop

by Nina George

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  • ISBN 9780553418781
  • English
  • 335 Pages
  • 91349 Words

The Little Paris Bookshop

by Nina George

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. From the Hardcover edition.

Review & Comments

  • Dusan

    Most insightful and profound treatment of a very difficult subject; What happens to love when one of the lovers dies? Beautifully written with artistic description of the settings and very sensitive handling of happiness and sorrow. Loved it totally!.

    August 26, 2015
  • Ron O

    “The Little Paris Bookshop,” by Nina George, was a wonderful, rich story. Although the book deals with the grief of lost love, it is also about the discovery of coming to terms with that grief, about friendship, about the importance of loving others, and the joy of living while we are given the animus of life. There were some drawbacks in the story. Two of the main characters have been grieving for at least twenty years, and, in my mind, that’s overkill. Yes, we grieve, and we always remember those for whom we grieve, but, for the vast majority of us, that grief gradually turns to loving memories. As well, the remembered love that Jean has for Manon is somehow a sexual love alone, and that brings to mind Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” where the priest admonishes that “when two tapers kiss, do thus consume,” so, perhaps, the message is that sexual love, while violent, ultimately leads to loss. For me, the book was more about discovery than it was about loss, and about wholeness of spirit that is discovered by knowledge of self and enhanced through relationships with others. .

    July 02, 2018
  • Mkoroll

    I loved ths book. I partcularly enjoyed the references to other books I've read and the description of the small french villages along the canal. Would love to go to France and follow the same route.

    March 09, 2018
  • Dawn findley

    It was a heartwarming book. It was a history and geography lesson on paris. It was sad in some respects, but in others it was somewhat boring. To be honest, it was not what i expected. It didnt grab me at all. .

    January 16, 2016
  • AJ

    I found this book to be just an okay read and it does have its moments. However, it reads like a new age overly prescriptive recipe for life. The characters behave unrealistically and the story becomes fantantastical.

    October 01, 2018

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