Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Product DetailsI read this one for my book club.  It also fits nicely into my reading challenge.  I am using this for task 37 - a book about books.   It would also work for: a best seller, a book recommended by someone I just met, a book that takes place during the summer and a book about a  "road trip".

This book is the story of Jean Perdu, a man living in Paris.  Jean runs a bookstore that uniquely is housed on a boat, appropriately called The Literary Apothecary.  You see, Jean believes that books can cure those things that ail us, perhaps not physically but spiritually.  It's also the story of Max ( and a whole host of wonderful, secondary characters) who is a young writer looking for his next story, looking for inspiration.

Jean fell in love once with a beautifully free woman named Manon, but she left.   For 20 years, Jean does not know why until he finds a letter. This is the story of Jean's journey and the things that he and Max discover along the way.  It's a story about holding on and letting go and of forgiveness.  

It is beautifully written, though a little slow at times.  It is definitely worth the read.  4 out of 5 stars.

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