Book Review

{Book Review} The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

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Title: The Little Paris Bookshop
Author: Nina George
Genre:Literary Fiction
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group/Penguin
Publication Date: June 23rd, 2015
Pages:392
Stand alone or series: standalone
How did I get this book: Review Copy
Format: hardback
What made me want to read it: I love all things Paris and couldn’t resist a book set in Paris.

Book Summary:

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.

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.

My Thoughts:

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George is a beautifully written story about loss, love, friendship, and new beginnings. Monsieur Perdu and his beloved book barge absolutely enchanted my bookworm heart. Originally written in German this little gem of a book is filled with amazing quotes about the love readers have for books. A definite must read for all book lovers out there.

Monsieur Perdu believes that the human heart and soul can be healed by the right book. He uses his knowledge of books and his keen insight of the people around him to dispense literary prescriptions for the soul. He fails to use his ability to heal his own heart, until his new neighbor makes him come face to face with his own loss. Thus, began his journey to self-discovery and new beginnings.

I thoroughly enjoyed the parts of the book that dwell on how books can speak to a person’s heart and how important reading is to our emotional well-being. This book brings back memories of the moments in my life where reading a certain novel would make me fall in love with reading all over again. It also speaks to the lack of depth in popular mainstream modern literature compared to the classics. I completely agree, it is very rare to find a book with depth these days. It makes a book like The Little Paris Bookshop a rare find among all the formulated popular bestsellers out there. Not that there is anything wrong with popular mainstream literature, I do love reading that too. However, not every book is meant for everyone though, and I like that this is a clear theme throughout the story.

This book romanticizes love in a very European way, which makes sense given that it is set in France and the characters are for the most part French. It was a bit too overly dramatic for my tastes, but that is just me. The romance in this book is wrought with emotion and drama, like a Spanish novella. If that kind of dramatic flair is your thing, then you will most likely enjoy the romantic story line in The Little Paris Bookshop.

Personally, I preferred reading about the journey Perdu embarks on to get the answers he’s looking for, and the friendship that develops between Perdu and Max, the young writer. Of course, Perdu does not plan on taking Max with him but, the young writer was very persistent. I think having Max along with him, made Perdu come out of his self-imposed shell and interact with the people around him. Which in my opinion made Perdu easier to like as a character.

Overall, as a lover of literature, I thoroughly enjoyed The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. It does have a slow pace to it that makes the reader slow down to savor all the hidden depths within the story. Although, I did not connect with the romantic side of the plot I did thoroughly enjoy the rest of the book. It is filled with emotional conflict, loss, love, friendship, and a journey to self-discovery. The Little Paris Bookshop is a wonderful little gem of a novel that I would recommend for all book lovers to read.

Notable quotes/parts:

“Books are more than doctors, of course. 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 voice. Like a short, torrid love affair.”

“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.”

“All the love, all the dead, all the people we’ve known. They are the rivers that feed our sea of souls. If we refuse to remember them, that sea will dry up too.”

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

**Thank you to Crown Publishing and Penguin via Blogging for Books for the opportunity to read this book for review.

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