Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Book Review: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
I almost didn't finish reading this book. I was put off by the tone of the first chapters. Now that I've read it, I understand why the first chapters were so stilted. The author did an excellent job of building this story.
The story begins with an introduction to Jean Perdu, a man who has a barge turned bookstore in Paris. His speciality is recommending books based on what he intuits a person needs, a sort of pharmacy for the emotionally ailing. Perdu has not, however, healed himself.
As with all things, what is tightly bound must eventually be loosed. Perdu is shocked to find that his emotions will no longer stay bound. And as they unravel he attempts to run away from, and to, the source of his pain.
What he realizes as he journeys is that he has missed a great deal of life and he begins to open himself to the realization that he's missed living. He proves to himself that one can live again.
This is a beautifully written story and I enjoyed it a great deal.
This book was provided to me by Blogging for Books, http://www.bloggingforbooks.com/