19 October, 2015

The little Paris bookshop: a novel by Nina George; translated by Simon Pare

The little Paris bookshop is an unusual, heart-warming story of a floating book barge, set on the river Seine. Its owner, 50 year old Jean Perdu heals his buyers through literature, by instinctively prescribing the exact book a reader needs. And so he mends their hearts and souls. Yet his own heart which was broken 21 years ago, is still in smithereens.

The adventures that follow and which entwine Perdu and the companions he makes along the way are charming, romantic, and fable-like. This physical and metaphorical journey is followed by an entertaining list of "emergency" books – a pharmacy for emotional ailments, as prescribed by Perdu - with  a selection of delectable Provencal recipes as accompaniment!

Everywhere you look, this internationally acclaimed best seller, translated from the German, has received nothing but praise. Though I found the writing a tad stylized in parts and the plot somewhat idealistic, it is in essence a sweet tale about the healing properties of books, love, food and a summer spent in the south of France.

Reflective and introspective, it has been recommended for those who especially enjoyed Muriel Barbary’s The elegance of the hedgehog. I recommend it to book lovers everywhere because it celebrates reading and literature and because it totally lives up to its description of being a "love-letter to books".

Title: The little Paris bookshop
Author: Nina George

Reviewed by Suneeta N,  Highland Park Library

Suneeta N particularly enjoys biographies, travel stories and reading authors from around the world. She loves a good discussion and believes that everybody has a story worth telling.

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