“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.”
It sounded like something right up my alley: books, a river, a bookstore, France, a mystery, a love story. I really wanted to love this book, but unfortunately, I was left a little disappointed.
I found the characters to be either unrealistic, outrageous, ridiculous, or boring. The main character, Monsieur Perdu, was a depressed middle aged man that irritated me with his moping. His great lost love, a woman named Manon, was a selfish adulteress who refused to give up her husband for her lover, or vice versa, and just expected them to be okay with her double life. The story line seemed to drag on an on and when it was finally resolved, it was anticlimactic. In all honesty, I struggled to finish the book.
All that being said, the writing style was very descriptive and poetic. The descriptions of the places in France created a great mental image. The author is a very talented writer, but, for me, her storytelling abilities are left wanting. Too bad, too, because the idea of the story really got me excited. I hate it when that happens!