Book Review: Little Paris Bookshop

Some books, like people, will steal your heart away before you ever know what’s happening. They’ll sweep your little cappuccino-drinkin’-self right off your feet and leave you smiling for days, reason unknown. The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George, did exactly that each time I sat down to read it. Originally a German novel, this fictional account focuses on a tragic, middle-aged man whom over time has closed himself off to everything except his books (and cats, admittedly). Note to self: don’t end up like that. Keep loving people, in addition to cats.

Our main character, a Frenchman named Monsieur Perdu, runs a literary-apothecary from his boat, which is moored on the Seine. From his boat-turned-bookshop, Perdu divides his time between prescribes books to his customers and bottling up his love for a woman whom is long gone. Very early into the storyline, though, Perdu finds the gumption to set sail to find his lost lover. And thankfully, our dear author doesn’t force readers to wallow through too many pages of Perdu’s inaction; the story moves along very quickly.

At first, this book seems to center around Perdu’s long-ended love affair. However, it swiftly becomes apparent that the meat and potatoes of the storyline lay in Perdu’s personal and spiritual journey as he sails through the waterways of France. Everything from the narration to the depth of characters’ emotional development to the lovely imagery of this novel are just so.damn.beautiful. If you’re looking for a novel that will restore your faith in love and compassion, or if you’re a bibliophile who can appreciate ‘love of literature’ as a running theme, then this is the book for you.

And don’t worry, despite all of the soul-searching and moments of raw emotion, the author manages to keep the tone of the book pretty lighthearted. There’s a lot of quirkiness in this book, too; enough even to keep you smiling during the most-serious of scenes. It was clear to me within the first few pages that The Little Paris Bookshop will be a book I revisit time and time again throughout my life. Nina George’s novel is whimsical, yet it leaves readers with a lot to ponder about life, love, and loss. It’s one of my new favorite novels, simple as that.

Happy Reading, folks.

{PS: a really cool aspect of this book is the epilogue, where the author gives readers a few recipes from the book, as well as Monsieur Perdu’s very own “Emergency Literary Pharmacy,” from which I self-prescribed The Elegance of the Hedgehog as my next book to read.}

page dividerFor more about the The Little Paris Bookshop, click here or learn more about the author, Nina George.

Just sayin’: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Little Paris Bookshop

    1. i completely agree. it was so fast, too, something about the way the author narrates. I feel the same way about The Elegance of the Hedgehog, which I’m reading now (after is was so strongly praised in Little Paris Bookshop

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