I wanted to like this book a lot. I mean when I saw the words "Paris" and "Bookshop" and then I read what the book was about, I really REALLY wanted to like it.
Before we delve into things, here's what the book was about -
Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But can he fix his own?
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.
Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives.
First I could tell this was a translation and it made me wonder if I could appreciate the original text better.
Although I liked the idea of Monsieur Perdu's bookshop boat where he cures what ails those who come aboard, I didn't like the character. I'm not too keen on the fact that this character kind of wallows a bit in self-pity. It's a tad annoying. He barely can stand touch from others, and will not let anyone in. I can understand that, of course. But still, the emotion he expresses throughout the book - up until the point I had to stop - didn't draw me closer to him. He pushed away those around him as well as the reader it seems.
Of all the characters I did enjoy, I actually preferred the annoying blocked writer who joins Jean Perdu's trip - much to Perdu's dismay - named Max Jordan. He was the comic relief this book needed and I enjoyed all the scenes he was in.
But tragically the plot didn't captivate me, and about a quarter of the way through the book I couldn't imagine continuing on. I really didn't understand the purpose of Perdu's journey either. I didn't know what he was looking for in his trip on his bookshop boat!
There were a few perks to reading though. Throughout the book were actual references to pieces of literature (through the recommendations that Monsieur Perdu gives his customers) and I kept track of them throughout my time reading the book. I didn't get them all, but I caught some that I listed onto my GoodReads to-read list.
But unfortunately the Little Paris Bookshop fell short with me. I wasn't interested and not really all that connected to the characters or their journey. I have to admit though, it was an adorable idea, and it did get some great reviews. So try it! Maybe you will enjoy it!
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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review