The Little Paris Bookshop: Book Review
A book about books set in Paris…Perfect!
I am a book person through and through and I reckon I would even spend my last dollars on a book and bunch of flowers in preference to food. I read a lot and especially love reading historical books on France, biographies of French people, fictional books set in France and especially Paris and of course, language
books. I also don’t seem to be able to resist travel memoirs or journals and cute sassy lifestyle books… French of course. Here is my review of a delightful book that held up the cooking of the family dinner, and delayed hanging out of the washing for a few days, whilst I travelled with Monsieur Jean Perdu on his journey in The Little Paris Bookshop.
The Parisian bookseller Monsieur Jean Perdu takes us on his journey from total despair and living in an automated haze after the sudden departure of his much loved lover; to an awakened and revived state of fresh awareness and new love. The story starts in Rue Montagnaud in the marais area of Paris and at the Literary Apothecary Bookstore. This bookshop is located in a restored barge moored on the bank of the Seine River.
Monsieur Perdu has a rare gift of sensing books that will sooth the troubled souls of his customers. He is a pharmacist prescribing books he feels will cure his customers’ ails. A sudden decision to uproot himself from all things familiar and safe takes him on a journey of self discovery and awakening as he travels down the Seine from Paris to Provence. Perdu travels with the novelist, Max Jordan, who is escaping from the publicity surrounding his best selling novel. The pair of them travel along the canals and waterways of France giving out literary advice and cures all in search of Jean Perdu’s lost love.
The Little Paris Bookshop draws the reader into the private thoughts of the booksellers, the famous authors, the bookshop customers and the people that share their lives, so beautifully that we could forget we are reading a fictional tale.
Two of my favorite things about this book are: the indepth psychological exploration of human nature and the interspersed quotes from famous (but fictitious) authors. “Whenever Monsieur Perdu looked on a book, he did not see it purely in terms of a story, retail price and an essential balm for the soul; he saw freedom on wings of paper.”
Another site that reviews books is the Book Trail Blog. The Book Trails’ mantra is ‘Words leave imprints in your mind like footprints in the sand’ – how absolutely true!!
Do you love reading books that feature Paris and France? Read our reviews on these books…
The Red Notebook and Saint Malo and All The Light We Cannot See
The Gardener of Versailles and
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