“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”
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
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
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. @goodreads
I am completely in love with this book. I had no idea what a gem I had
in my hands. I picked this out of the books I was offered because I
thought it sounded interesting, never would I have thought I would sink
into the world of this book and not want to leave.
When I first
met the main character Monsieur Perdu (Jean Perdu) he reminded me of
Hercule Poirot in his mannerisms, but that soon went by the wayside.
Jean Perdu is a very unique man. A man with his own broken heart who can
read people and give them books to help their situations. With only a
few things about yourself, or listening to you talk in a conversation
with someone, he can pick out a book or books that will help you feel
better about your problems.
He lives in an apartment building
with some unusual characters but they are all fun and I love how they
are with each other. The famous focus of the book though is Monsieur
Perdu's barge on the water full of wonderful books. She is Paris's
famous floating Literary Apothecary bookstore. Her name was Lulu when he
first bought her and he still refers to that name from time to time.
The Literary Apothecary bookstore is a place you can go and read books
in corners, pet the two stray cats he feeds, and most importantly, ask
what kind of book you need. It is absolutely brilliant! Just absolutely
brilliant this book!
At home Perdu is helping out a neighbor,
Catherine, with books and a table because her husband ran out and took
everything while she was gone one day. Catherine finds a letter in the
table with Perdu's name on it, he knows what it is and reluctantly
takes it back. You see years ago, Perdu was so in love with a woman
named Mamon. She was to be married to a man she truly loved, but wanted
to stay with Perdu too. Her fiance Luc, didn't care that she was with
Perdu on the side, he was okay with letting her be free. Yeahhhh.....
Anyway, she wrote this letter that he DID NOT READ for 21 years!!! I
mean how can you not read a letter after all that time and when you do
read the letter, you walk around in a daze realizing how stupid you
were. And no I am not going to say what was in the letter. Get the book
and find out :)
Perdu is so distraught he goes to his bookstore,
pulls all of the anchors out of the bank etc and off he goes. The cats
came with him and an author that had moved into his apartment building
jumped on board and came with him. His name is Max and he is a great
character. He's just down on his luck because he can't seem to write
So, off they go on this journey together. They
make little pit stops in different towns and exchange books for food and
gas. Yeah, Perdu left in such a hurry he forgot to go to the bank, but
it all works out.
Along the way Perdu picks up an old friend
named Cuneo who decides to go on he journey with them. These three men
have such a wonderful time. The sights they see, the people they meet,
the people they all help together in some way or the other. Every little
thing is a piece of art to me. You want to devour each page to see what
they are going to do next!
Along the way they acquire another
person that they actually dragged out of the water in a storm. Her name
is Sally and she just wanted to see what it was like in the water during
a storm. Not one of the best ideas you could have, but it is what it
is. They stay a little bit in the village where Sally is from and there
is a cool convention going on with people running around like characters
in the Hobbit, The Game of Thrones etc. They don't stay there long
though and Sally goes with them when they leave.
At some point
Perdu decides he needs to finish the journey by land. He gives his boat
to two people he knows he can trust to take care of her. One person goes
with him from the boat to his destination. The cats, Lindgren and Kafka
stay on the boat but it seemed they were sad and knew that he was
The rest of the book is heartbreaking and beautiful
all at the same time. There is a thing as a sad and happy ending and
this book sure has both. I am so very happy I picked this book and I
would recommend this book to anyone that loves books, loves magical
places, loves camaraderie with wonderful friends and last but not least,
Also at the back of the book the author has added
some recipes from the book and some book lists and what they will help
that ails you!!! What a wonderful touch to add to a remarkable book!
**I would like to thank BLOGGING FOR BOOKS for a free print copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**
Nina George works as a journalist, writer, and storytelling teacher. She writes science fiction thrillers, novels, feature articles, short stories, and columns. The Little Paris Bookshop spent more than a year on bestseller lists in Germany, and was a bestseller in Italy, Poland, and the Netherlands. George is married to a writer Jens J. Kramer and lives in Hamburg and in Brittany, France.
TAKEN FROM THE INSIDE OF THE BOOK.