When you see "The Little Paris Bookshop" and the cover with the beautiful lantern of a bridge over the Seine River and Eiffel Tower in Paris, what goes through your mind? Without reading the book description, what emotions are playing inside your heart? For me, the romanticism of Paris alone, and the colors of the cover makes me all warm and fuzzy. To top it off, my love of books and bookshops allows me to dive deep into this book way before I even start reading it.
"The Little Paris Bookshop" by Nina George is a beautiful novel of life, love and unanswered questions.
Unbeknownst to me prior to reading, The Little Paris Bookshop was first printed in Germany and had since been an international bestseller and printed in several different languages. In this novel, Monsieur Perdu, a self-proclaimed literary apothecary provides books off his little bookshop on a floating barge on the Seine river not only for the enjoyment of reading books, but as a prescription. He prescribes the right book for the right person to heal aching hearts and broken souls. He uses stories from these books to help the readers understand who they are. Isn't this what books do for us? It heals us when we're hurting. It provides a sense of adventure when we need it. It gives us a laugh when we are down. It allows us to tear when we need a good cry. So with such a skill to match the book with the reader, will Monsieur Perdu be able to match himself and heal his broken heart?
I love this story. I love the sadness of what life brings. I love the misunderstandings created by one's emotions. I love that the search for an answer is never too late. I love what this story implies the importance of books in one's life, just as how I see it. If you're a bibliophile (lover of books) like I am, enjoy how Ms. George understands it. If you're not, read The Little Paris Bookshop anyway for what it is, a good novel with an interesting plot.