The Little Paris Bookshop

The Little Paris Bookshop

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Monsieur Perdu is a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore on the Seine, he prescribes novels as medicine for the hardships of life, using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs. The only person he can't seem to heal though 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 he finally reads the letter, he departs with his book-barge to the south of France, hoping to find the end of the story.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 2015.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780553418774
Characteristics: 392 p. : map ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Pare, Simon


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Sep 16, 2020

The love stories and setting(s) of this book were magical for me.

Aug 02, 2020

A sweet story that I enjoyed on the dock this summer. A bit sad but quite endearing.

Feb 17, 2020

I didn’t finish this book- I alternately loved and disliked it. After awhile it became too disjointed and tedious

IndyPL_MikeH Oct 16, 2019

Well...I never gained interest in the constantly ruminating main characters. Nor was the plot viable as Jean Albert the twenty year Paris bookseller decides on a whim to unmoor his bookstore/barge and travel down the Seine. I am a glass half full kind of guy. I did like the descriptions of the French countryside. But was it worth the trip?

Sep 20, 2019

There is so much that could be written about this book. This book is the most beautiful book I have read this year or ever. The locations, the love, the books. One thing this book inspires.... love. Find love in life for another, for a place, for something you like to do, food, etc. Find the loves in your life would be a perfect description of this story.

Sep 01, 2019

... a profound book .... a profoundly beautifully written novel.
It was also on the bestseller list in many European countries. The English translation is lovely.

Mar 07, 2019

floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, books as medicine.

Feb 16, 2019

A good book for book lovers who believe that certain books can come at the right time in life. Also, if you love adventure and the Europe scenery.

Feb 08, 2019

Follow Monsieur Perdu as he takes his bookstore barge and passengers on a trip through the French waterways slowly revealing his story of the love of his life and his loss years ago. Perdue undertakes his trip to heal and to discover his path forward. You will be entertained by his shipmates and the people he meets along the way. Wise and heartbroken he uses hi books to heal those he meets. Several great twists are thrown in just as real life is the same way. Nina George is a facile writer with a natural movie plot for characters and of course, a beautiful setting in France. Reading binge worthy.

Dec 11, 2018

This just might be the most profound, life-changing book I ever read in my life. Nina George paints the world with indescribable beauty and realism. The language is simply delicious, and her imagery will come alive in your mind. This book made me weep for the sheer pleasure of the experience, and again in mourning upon its completion.

Monsieur Perdu spoke to me in a way I had never dreamed to be spoken to, and understood me more completely than could have ever hoped. George created such a beautiful, flawed cast of characters that are more three dimensional than many people I have encountered in real life. This is a book I will read many many times in the course of my life, and I am certain I will learn something new with each reading.

I simply cannot recommend this book enough. Artistic souls, bleeding hearts, and hopeless romantics, you will not regret this book.

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siammarino Sep 15, 2015

Monsieur Perdu owns a bookshop on a barge in Paris, but he casts off down the canals with Max, a young man with writer's block. Both find solace escaping Paris, and at the end find love.


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Mar 30, 2018

"'Fear transforms you body like an inept sculptor does a perfect block of stone,' Perdu heard Vijaya's voice say inside him. 'It's just that you're chipped away at from within, and no one sees how many splinters and layers have been taken off you. You become ever thinner and more brittle inside, until even the slightest emotion bowls you over. One hug, and you think you're going to shatter and be lost.' If Jordan [Perdu's young friend] ever needed a piece of fatherly advice, Perdu would tell him: 'Never listen to fear! Fear makes you stupid..'" (p. 130-131)


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