Title: The Little Paris Bookshop
Author: Nina George
“Books keep stupidity at bay. And vain hopes. And vain men. They undress you with love, strength, and knowledge. It’s love from within.”
Jean Perdu has perhaps the best job in the world. He is a bookseller who sells books much like a doctor would proscribe medicine-he can talk with a person and know exactly what kind of book they need for any given situation. His bookstore, La Pharmacie Litteraire, is on a huge barge floating in the Sienne, in Paris. While he is friendly to all and seems to have a good life, Monsieur Perdu is broken on the inside. He has never recovered from the heartbreak of his lover abandoning him twenty years ago. When a letter from long ago sheds light on the circumstances around this abandonment, Perdu takes off in his bookshop on a journey that will lead him to adventure, discovery, and healing.
Some novels are loving, lifelong companions; some give you a clip around the ear; others are friends who wrap you in warm towels when you’ve got those autumn blues. And some…well, some are pink candy floss that tingles in your brain for three seconds and leaves a blissful void.”
This might just be one of the best books ever written. First of all, it is a love letter to books and to those that love them. What’s not to love about that, right?! But that’s only just scratching the surface of this outstanding book. It’s also a love letter to France. Not just Paris, but countless other cities and towns that Perdu explores. It’s very beautifully written. He makes everything, from the people, the sights, and the exquisite meals, come alive to where it really feels as if you are experiencing everything right alongside of him. To my surprise it was also really quite deep. Themes of love, loss, and finding your purpose filled the pages from cover to cover.
Overall, this book was fantastic and I would recommend it to pretty much everyone. 🙂
“What you read is more important in the long term than the man you marry.”