November 30, 2018 by TinyNavajo
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
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*Published March 22, 2016*
This is such a beautiful book for me! I love the idea of bookshops and books being a form of medicine, and that the main character can help solve the problems of his customers, but he cannot solve his own problems. I love this book so much!
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.
Monsieur Perdu is one of my favorite characters. He is a darling old man who doesn’t realize that he has gotten old until he finds a letter in an old table in a room he has walled up in his apartment. Even finding the letter sends M. Perdu into an almost downward spiral, but once he reads it, it sends him off on the adventure of a lifetime. The adventure that he needs to find out who he is once again.
I love watching M. Perdu grow and realize that one mistake that he made over 20 years ago has so deeply affected his life. Within the first few pages, you can see that M. Perdu has essentially sealed himself off from the world. He still interacts with the world, but he does not participate in the world, except when it comes to his customers and their need for his books. But as he works to right the wrongs from his past and to learn whatever happened to his young love, he learns more about himself and his life, and how he can teach those who look up to him to not repeat his same mistakes.
This book, to me, is about life. It’s about living life and all the mistakes you make along with it. I love that is reading, writing, and books that tell this story. And we get to see how M. Perdu’s thoughts and feelings change throughout the story, both as he remembers things and as he experiences new things. I would have to say that this is a book that may require a few rereads just to fully experience all of it, but it would not be a hard thing to do.
What books have taught you about life? What did they teach you about life? Comment below and let me know!