Publisher: Random House Audio
Narrator: Steve West & Emma Bering
Genre: Literary Fiction
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Rating: 4/5 Stars
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. “
The Little Paris Bookshop originally caught my eye on Blogging for Books a month or so back, but I passed on it in favor of a different book. However once my library updated their digital selection and I saw this, I immediately hit the download button and I’m so glad I did.
The Little Paris Bookshop isn’t so much about a bookstore as it is about the man who owns and runs it. Perdu is a man capable of seeing the true need of every person who comes into his store and can recommend the perfect book for them, he sees it as medicine for the soul. There seems to be a whole in his perception though, as he can’t tell what he needs it and when and this book is about him discovering what he truly needs in order to move forward and live the life he’s always wanted. I really love reading about his journey through renewed grief, finding love again, and helping others find little pieces of themselves through books. I really liked the entire cast of characters. Perdu was easy to relate to even though he was twice my age, and while parts of his story were heartbreaking a lot of it has hope. I also loved Max Jordan, a bestselling novelist who has become somewhat of a recluse in his stardom. He’s quirky, excitable and really naive but his lust for something more than what he has is infectious…plus he wears earmuffs all the time and it’s adorable.
The atmosphere in this book is amazing. Perdu’s Book Barge is perfection, and when I dream of my true dream like bookstore it’s always something as fantastical as this. Perdu’s journey alone the Seine made me long for and miss a country I’ve never even been to. I could see myself walking through the vineyards and dancing in secret meetings with strangers.
The audiobook version I think will be a take it or leave it experience. I know a lot of people have issues with accents, particularly if they are not natural accents but faked. This book has that. I personally didn’t mind them at all, and I thought it really added some richness to the storytelling that I might have missed out on if I had read it instead. I thought the pacing was nice and relaxed, and it really made the perfect summer evening sort of book.