Translated: Simon Pare
Date: 14th April 2015
Format: ARC Paperback
Genre: General Fiction
Source: Thanks to Hachette NZ
On a barge on the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop, or rather a 'literary apothecary', for this bookseller possess a rare gift for sensing which books will soothe his customers' troubled souls.
The only person he is unable to cure, it seems, is himself. For twenty-one years he has nursed a broken heart - and never dared open the letter his love left behind. But the arrival of an enigmatic new neighbour inspires Jean to unlock his heart, unmoor the floating bookshop and set off for Provence, in search of the past and his beloved.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. When a book lover sees book or bookstore in a title we're drawn to it. Sometimes it is worth the read, sometimes not so much. For me The Little Paris Bookshop was a joy from beginning to end. I was hooked by the dedication - do you always read the dedication - I always do!
I followed the journey of Jean Perdu with interest. While able to read the souls and emotions of others, he is so closed up himself. There is a room in his apartment that has been closed for a very long time. Why? A mystery. Jean himself is closed, he doesn't like touch, he avoids things. This is his journey, how he again opens up to life and to living and loving.
He has a great affinity for books, he owns a barge, Lulu, and that is his bookshop. People come and buy books from him, and he sells them what they might need. A couple of cats make their home there too.
He meets Max Jordan, an author who has writer's block. He has written one book that has sold very well, now he hides out, afraid to be sort out, because he can't replicate his first success. He is cynical about all kinds of love. I love how Max and Jean relate and journey together.
Along the journey there are many quirky and wonderfully human characters to be met and experienced.
This is a book that if I was marooned somewhere I would love to have with me. I could open it at any page and visualise and smell and feel. I could ponder on the many bits of wisdom it contains. I could hold it up to my own life and ponder some more. There are so many pieces to be reread and savoured. As I read there were so many places that I marked.
"There was now an edge to Monsieur Perdu's voice too. 'What is wrong with old? Age isn't a disease. We all grow old, even books. But are you, is anyone, worth less, or less important, because they've been around for longer?' Page 10.
George, Nina. The Little Paris Bookshop For those who love books, want to live life fully and appreciate friends and family.
- Will make you look again at your own life and have you pondering.
- Falling in love with France
- Wanting to cook the recipes mentioned
- You will believe even more deeply in the magic of books