July 16, 2015

The Little Paris Bookshop

... is a little confection of a book, one that tout le monde seems to be reading, with a wonderful premise, and very good, in spots.

Monsieur Perdu is a 50-year-old Parisian bookseller, or, as he calls himself, a literary pharmacist, diagnosing his customers and dispensing books to (or not allowing them to buy them) to help them with their emotions. {This seems to be a thing now.} His own emotions are caught up in his anger and grief over Manon, a beautiful young woman from Provence who he met on a train.  They were lovers years ago,  when she was in Paris, but she was engaged to a vintner at home.  Perdu thinks she left him, but when he gives an old kitchen table to Catherine, a divorcee who moves in across the hall, she finds a letter that tells him that Manon was waiting for him to come to her. So he sets off, piloting his book barge down the Seine,

Nina George's writing is imaginative, and lush, and wonderfully descriptive, and often a little over the top. But Jean Perdu was nice to spend time with, there was a romance, and even though I wish there had been more Paris (and more of the bookshop), there was nothing wrong with finding myself floating through France every morning instead of just riding the bus down grotty old Massachusetts Avenue.


Cosy Books said...

So my instincts were right about this one. I've been tempted to take a closer look whenever I see it on the display shelf at work but then thought...nah. Sounds like a good book for switching gears though, or while you're planning a get-away to Paris!

Esme said...

I am almost finished reading the book-I like it but I must confess I am not loving it.

Tamara said...

I love the title - and it's just perfect for this years Paris in July - a few others had read it - and I'm enjoying the different reviews. I like your review because it seems like you enjoyed 'spending time' with the characters... I like that idea.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I didn't love it either. Sigh.

Here's my post: Repas Préférés in France.

Arabella said...

Love the idea of this one.