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I didn’t finish this book- I alternately loved and disliked it. After awhile it became too disjointed and tedious
Well...I never gained interest in the constantly ruminating main characters. Nor was the plot viable as Jean Albert the twenty year Paris bookseller decides on a whim to unmoor his bookstore/barge and travel down the Seine. I am a glass half full kind of guy. I did like the descriptions of the French countryside. But was it worth the trip?
There is so much that could be written about this book. This book is the most beautiful book I have read this year or ever. The locations, the love, the books. One thing this book inspires.... love. Find love in life for another, for a place, for something you like to do, food, etc. Find the loves in your life would be a perfect description of this story.
... a profound book .... a profoundly beautifully written novel.
It was also on the bestseller list in many European countries. The English translation is lovely.
A good book for book lovers who believe that certain books can come at the right time in life. Also, if you love adventure and the Europe scenery.
Follow Monsieur Perdu as he takes his bookstore barge and passengers on a trip through the French waterways slowly revealing his story of the love of his life and his loss years ago. Perdue undertakes his trip to heal and to discover his path forward. You will be entertained by his shipmates and the people he meets along the way. Wise and heartbroken he uses hi books to heal those he meets. Several great twists are thrown in just as real life is the same way. Nina George is a facile writer with a natural movie plot for characters and of course, a beautiful setting in France. Reading binge worthy.
This just might be the most profound, life-changing book I ever read in my life. Nina George paints the world with indescribable beauty and realism. The language is simply delicious, and her imagery will come alive in your mind. This book made me weep for the sheer pleasure of the experience, and again in mourning upon its completion.
Monsieur Perdu spoke to me in a way I had never dreamed to be spoken to, and understood me more completely than could have ever hoped. George created such a beautiful, flawed cast of characters that are more three dimensional than many people I have encountered in real life. This is a book I will read many many times in the course of my life, and I am certain I will learn something new with each reading.
I simply cannot recommend this book enough. Artistic souls, bleeding hearts, and hopeless romantics, you will not regret this book.
I enjoyed this story of a man who had to set out on a journey to find himself and find peace with his past. A fun read especially if you are a visual reader. This book made me want to go to France and boat down the canals.
A novel similar to Eat, Pray, Love. I believe this book was translated to English - would have been a more beautiful novel in its original language.
First of all, this isn't a romance novel, although there are romantic elements to it. I enjoyed parts of the book, but it feels like a short story stretched into a novel by virtue of more words. If I wasn't a sucker for journey books I probably would have DNF'd it.
The surname of the main character describes the plot of this novel. Jean Perdu has a jigsaw puzzle of the world that is as challenging to complete as this novel. It has a half dozen plots that are worthy of their own development and expansion into several novels but that simply make this novel seem aimless and unfocused. Do all copies of this book smell like lavender as this copy did (as a warning to readers with a perfume allergy)? For a real account of the trials on woman-man relations of an extended trip on a canal boat from England to Marseilles, read the joint memoir "For better, for worse" by Siobhan and Damian Horner [Phoenix, 2009]. Are French beavers really carnivorous? (p. 197) The novel ends with some recipes featuring lavender; and an eclectic suggested reading list.
Jean Perdu has a barge docked on the Seine in Paris. it is the "Literary Apothecary" and he says, "With all due respect, what you read is more important in the long terms than the man you marry." Jean Perdu prescribes books and will not let someone purchase a book that will not be good for them. The story moves as the barge is released from the dock and floats through France with a motley crew. The pain of loss is bared and there is healing. While the ending of the book is a bit simple and happy in a lovely but maybe trite way, it is also an enjoyable voyage and the references to literature are fun, there is wisdom enough woven through.
I really liked this story. A nice escape to Paris and a refreshing storyline. I have recommended this book to many friends.
Delightful and thoughtful read. If you love Paris or all things French - If you love stories about moving on after loss - if you love books that challenge your normal thinking, then this book is for you. It may not line up exactly with my world view, but it taught me about: life lessons, understanding love, people, how you can get stuck in life and how to move past being stuck in life.
I loved reading the descriptions of Paris and especially the natural beauty of Provence. The author has a talent for putting the reader in the scene. The plot was well written and the story has a moral to it but the author leaves each reader to draw his own conclusions as to what it is based upon his own life's experiences.
A good read to curl up with under the duvet and a glass of Bordeaux.
This is really a prescription for mature readers. A love story and a life story that took wrong turns, failed to dare and finally resolved by a trip down a river that brings resolution to the lives of the main characters. I cried for "Lost John" and sometimes, for myself.
The Little Paris Bookshop gave me serious wanderlust. While reading this book it was fun to Google image search all the locations to see the beautiful scenery are characters are exploring. I love traveling the canals and ending up in the hot, mountainous South of France. Perdu is an interesting character because he denies himself so many things in life. The voice of this novel is very French; it is suave, seductive, and gives the reader a deeper understanding of life and love. I want to read Perdu’s work, Great Encyclopedia of Small Emotions: A Guide for Booksellers, Lovers, and Other Literary Pharmacists. Visiting the Literary Apothecary sounds like fun and I love the idea of Perdu prescribing the perfect book for curing ails.
Reading it now; not smitten as everybody else seems to be, attention wandering especially when it came to love letters which I mostly skipped. Formulaic in some instances. Where is the spritual element in all this? We're spiritual beings after all, not addressed here though romantic love surely was - to a sickening degree I felt.
I really enjoyed the "literary apothecary" aspect of this book, especially the book prescriptions at the end. The scenery of the French countryside is beautifully described. Jean Perdu's journey is a reminder not to let life pass you by.
Great Story right up to the very last page. The book prescriptions were fabulous.
Not one of those books that I couldn't put down but an enjoyable read, especially if you've traveled in France.
A unique book about a rather common topic - lost love. Jean Perdu loses his love Manon and mourns this loss for twenty years before he learns of a truth about the loss.
He sets sail on a book barge to heal people through books that he suggests - a book apothecary. Unfortunately he can never heal himself. An interesting read.
The writing is so poignant and beautiful that I had to keep reminding myself that this was a translation, so full kudos to Simon Pare for his work on this book. This book is read with the heart and the memory as well as the eyes and mind.