Review: The Little Paris Bookshop

The Little Paris Bookshop
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’ซ Monsieur Jean Perdu is the owner of a book barge which sits on the Seine River in France, and he is known as the Literary Apothecary, i.e., he prescribes books to people to help them to deal with their emotional problems. The irony is that Jean cannot fix the problems in his own life. Ever since the love of his life, Manon Basset, left him twenty years ago he’s been all but dead inside. Manon left a letter behind when she abruptly departed but Perdu neglected to read it, dreading its contents, until an occasion arises wherein he finally peers into it. The contents has him uprooting the book barge and setting off to bring closure to his languid existence. During his journey Perdu accumulates other errant, wayward passengers; each running away from something or seeking to find someone. Soon a menagerie of characters are inhabiting the book barge and during their travails learning the true meaning of love and loss and the value of abiding friendships.
This book was profound. I found the contents compelling and deeply introspective. There were little gems of wisdom scattered throughout that required me to pause and savor what the author was conveying. At times poignant, The Little Paris Book Shop also evoked feelings of joy and contentment and I appreciated the author’s skill in bringing out these varied emotions within me. I also liked the short, staccato-like dialogue between the characters. ย They were an eccentric bunch and it was nice to make their acquaintance and learn of their interesting lives. Secondary characters also left deep impressions although their encounters were brief.
This is not a book to breeze through. I took my time to reflect on many of the passages and marked many pages in the book to refer back to. ย I enjoyed The Little Paris Book Shop and would surely recommend it.
I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review which I have given.

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