The Little Paris Bookshop

The Little Paris Bookshop

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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"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 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"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781101889848
Branch Call Number: eAudio
Characteristics: 1 online resource (9 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Pare, Simon - Translator
West, Steve

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May 15, 2018

This novel of loss and regret is not a quick read for an American reader. Translated from the original French, it's more a treatise on finding the right book for the right reader while reflecting on life decisions (or simply avoiding them). Jean Perdu and a famous American novelist suddenly leave Paris on a book barge and eventually find their way to Provence where their journey ends. Along the way, the reader learns more about Jean's life and his fateful decision not to read the final letter from his lover Mannon until 21 years after she left. After listening to this book, the quotation that comes to mind for Jean is "It's better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness."

Feb 05, 2017

A great read. Very different from the usual bestseller genre. Quite intelligently written. Thoroughly enjoyable.


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