The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George

Aug 26

The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George

I sincerely wanted to like this book by Nina George. She is a German author, I just kept thinking that something must have been lost in translation.

Jean Perdu lost the love of his life twenty one years ago. He answered his calling as a literary apothecary and completed ignored his personal life. He finds a letter from his long lost love, and that sends him on a journey to face his past. He pulls up anchor on his bookstore/boat, and heads south.

I wanted Paris. Instead, I followed this meandering tale of Monsieur Perdu and two unlikely shipmates, as they go from town to town. The last quarter of the book tries to bring in food; perhaps that would have worked if it was a theme throughout, at the late juncture it felt random and misplaced.

The overall concepts of forgiveness and reading specific books to cure what ails you were enjoyable. The way the story unfolded was simply not pleasing to me. It was all about the love of books, I still can’t put a specific finger on why I wasn’t drinking this particular Kool-Aid.

The author did include several recipes from the cuisine of Provence, which was interesting. I also enjoyed the inclusion of an Emergency Literary Pharmacy.

“He wanted her to sense the boundless possibilities offered by books. They would always be enough. They would never stop loving their readers. They were a fixed point in an otherwise unpredictable world.”

Have your read this book? Have you ever read something that you felt like you should have loved, and you just didn’t, like a good-on-paper date where there is no chemistry?


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