Title: The Little Paris Bookshop
Author: Nina George
Synopsis: 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.
Rating: 4 stars
Review: This book? Wow. That’s really the only word I can use to describe it.
Jean Perdu is the owner of a bookshop barge, which aims to get everyone a book to cure their emotional ailments. Many years ago, Jean was left heartbroken by a woman, and it’s only when he tries to fall in love again, he realizes he hasn’t gotten over the woman. So, after a letter that has sat in a drawer for twenty years is opened, Perdu lifts anchor, and starts on a journey – somehow picking up on the way, an author with writer’s block, an Italian man, and a woman who is all kinds of peculiar.
This book was so beautiful and moving, I was entranced the whole way through. As the reader, you’re swept along on Perdu’s journey, and you fall in love like he does, and it’s just so amazing. It checks all the boxes that mark a good book – beautiful language, characters who engage you and amaze you, and it makes you feel things you didn’t know you could feel before.
I mean, some of the quotes in this book are golden;
“With all due respect, what you read is more important in the long term than the man you marry, ma chére Madame.”
“Books keep stupidity at bay. And vain hopes. And vain men. They undress you with love, strength, and knowledge. It’s love from within.”
“Books can be many things, but not everything. We have to live the important things, not read them. I have to…experience my book.”
As for the characters? My mind is blown at how well they’re written. I’m absolutely in love with Max Jordan, the writers block author who wears earmuffs. He’s awkward, and bumbling, but it’s not comical. Another of my favourite characters is Samantha, but I can’t spoil anything about her since she’s a crucial part.
Overall, this book is incredible; very bittersweet (The only reason I give it a four star rating instead of five) , but a great read, especially if you just need something to cure your cynicism, or to give you a case of the feels. It’s the perfect book for every book lover, because it sums up the power that the right book can have on you. Go read this!!