The Little Paris Bookshop

The Little Paris Bookshop

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780553418774
Characteristics: 392 pages : map ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Pare, Simon - Translator


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This is really a prescription for mature readers. A love story and a life story that took wrong turns, failed to dare and finally resolved by a trip down a river that brings resolution to the lives of the main characters. I cried for "Lost John" and sometimes, for myself.

JCLKariE May 08, 2017

The Little Paris Bookshop gave me serious wanderlust. While reading this book it was fun to Google image search all the locations to see the beautiful scenery are characters are exploring. I love traveling the canals and ending up in the hot, mountainous South of France. Perdu is an interesting character because he denies himself so many things in life. The voice of this novel is very French; it is suave, seductive, and gives the reader a deeper understanding of life and love. I want to read Perdu’s work, Great Encyclopedia of Small Emotions: A Guide for Booksellers, Lovers, and Other Literary Pharmacists. Visiting the Literary Apothecary sounds like fun and I love the idea of Perdu prescribing the perfect book for curing ails.

Apr 26, 2017

Reading it now; not smitten as everybody else seems to be, attention wandering especially when it came to love letters which I mostly skipped. Formulaic in some instances. Where is the spritual element in all this? We're spiritual beings after all, not addressed here though romantic love surely was - to a sickening degree I felt.

Feb 17, 2017

A beautiful story. Highly recommend.

VaughanPLKim Dec 16, 2016

I really enjoyed the "literary apothecary" aspect of this book, especially the book prescriptions at the end. The scenery of the French countryside is beautifully described. Jean Perdu's journey is a reminder not to let life pass you by.

Dec 12, 2016

Great Story right up to the very last page. The book prescriptions were fabulous.

Nov 07, 2016

Not one of those books that I couldn't put down but an enjoyable read, especially if you've traveled in France.

Nov 05, 2016

A unique book about a rather common topic - lost love. Jean Perdu loses his love Manon and mourns this loss for twenty years before he learns of a truth about the loss.
He sets sail on a book barge to heal people through books that he suggests - a book apothecary. Unfortunately he can never heal himself. An interesting read.

Oct 16, 2016

The writing is so poignant and beautiful that I had to keep reminding myself that this was a translation, so full kudos to Simon Pare for his work on this book. This book is read with the heart and the memory as well as the eyes and mind.

Sep 02, 2016

This book sends a clear message to us all: do not let life get away from you because of sadness and because a lot of love gone wrong prevents you from looking for like vet again. The backdrop of the story is an unusual one: Jean Perdu, a bookseller, can recommend books to all based on their needs and yet cannot cure what ails him. It is only once he goes on his journey that he frees himself of the past and recognizes what's important.

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Aug 08, 2017

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siammarino Sep 15, 2015

Monsieur Perdu owns a bookshop on a barge in Paris, but he casts off down the canals with Max, a young man with writer's block. Both find solace escaping Paris, and at the end find love.


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