The Little Paris Bookshop

The Little Paris Bookshop

A Novel

Book - 2015 | First U.S. edition.
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"'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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: translation, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780553418774
Branch Call Number: FIC GEORGE
Characteristics: 392 pages : map ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Pare, Simon - Translator


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We've all known the joy of finding the right book at the right time, but Jean Perdu makes a career of healing heartbreak through books in this romantic and thoughtful book exploring the nuances of relationships.

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Mar 07, 2019

floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, books as medicine.

Feb 16, 2019

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.

Feb 08, 2019

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.

Dec 11, 2018

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.

Aug 01, 2018

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.

Jul 09, 2018

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.

heidenkind May 09, 2018

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.

Mar 30, 2018

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.

Mar 17, 2018

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.

Mar 11, 2018

I really liked this story. A nice escape to Paris and a refreshing storyline. I have recommended this book to many friends.

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siammarino Sep 15, 2015

Monsieur Perdu owns a bookshop on a barge in Paris, but he casts off down the canals with Max, a young man with writer's block. Both find solace escaping Paris, and at the end find love.


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Mar 30, 2018

"'Fear transforms you body like an inept sculptor does a perfect block of stone,' Perdu heard Vijaya's voice say inside him. 'It's just that you're chipped away at from within, and no one sees how many splinters and layers have been taken off you. You become ever thinner and more brittle inside, until even the slightest emotion bowls you over. One hug, and you think you're going to shatter and be lost.' If Jordan [Perdu's young friend] ever needed a piece of fatherly advice, Perdu would tell him: 'Never listen to fear! Fear makes you stupid..'" (p. 130-131)


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