19 October, 2015
The little Paris bookshop: a novel by Nina George; translated by Simon Pare
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.