The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop

“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he...

Details The Little Paris Bookshop

TitleThe Little Paris Bookshop
Release DateJun 23rd, 2015
GenreFiction, Writing, Books About Books, Romance, Cultural, France, Contemporary

Reviews The Little Paris Bookshop

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”Books keep stupidity at bay. And vain hopes. And vain men. They undress you with love, strength and knowledge. It’s love from within.”People read for lots of different reasons. They want to be entertained. They want a book to explain what is wrong with them or a confirmation of what they think is wrong with their spouse. They read for information. They read for an experience outside themselves. They read to escape the drudgery of their liv...
  • Diane
    Merde. I think this is one of those books that is going to bring angry comments from readers who liked it a lot more than I did. This novel just did not work for me. I thought it was disgustingly sweet, poorly plotted, filled with cliches and bad dialogue, and I could not finish it fast enough. The sad thing is that I thought I was going to love this book. I had even saved it to read on my vacation — that's how special I thought it would be. I ...
  • Megan
    Absolutely perfect premise and storyline - I was hooked by that blurb. Unfortunately this book was not at all what I was expecting. I was hoping for a Parisian Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore but with a twist - an eccentric old gentleman selling books as medicine to those who are missing a certain something in their lives. As someone who's found solace and company in books ever since I was an awkward little girl, this appealed to me. Unfortunat...
  • Elyse Walters
    "There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only hundred. There even remedies --I mean books --that were written for only one person...A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy". Nina George's lyrical tribute to love, literature, people, living, dying, and all things French...was a privilege to read. I hope I'm not the the only 1 person this book was written for -- but just...
  • Rebecca
    Sadly I didn't love this one like I was expecting. I loved the bookishness - from the Literary Apothecary to Perdu's ability - and the setting, plus there were some great quotes. However I struggled with the story and I lacked a connection to the characters. In theory, this book is perfect for me but I just feel like it was missing something - maybe just for me personally.
  • Gail
    I have just finished this book and am astonished at the 5 star reviews; it seems I was reading a different book from the majority of reviewers. I had such high hopes for this. I had just finished reading a very dark and disturbing thriller and needed a lovely book to make me feel warm and fuzzy; this seemed the perfect antidote, so I settled down with my faithful kindle and began reading. The premise of the story was just utter magic to me - a bo...
  • Barbara Hale
    The reviews are so misleading. What a disappointment! Only one person in our book club liked it. The rest of us just plowed through, hoping it would be over. It was certainly not my cup of tea. The story could have been told in 50 pages, and the rest of the story was just meandering emotion.
  • Christine
    Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley There is an independent bookstore in Philadelphia called Joseph Fox. It is smallish – one floor, a big first room, a passage, a back room, and a smaller backer room where the children’s books are kept. Every conceivable space is packed with books. Does it have the selection of the big chain store or of Amazon? No. And it doesn’t offer discounts either, though it does give away bookmarks. But here’s the thing...
  • Mona
    Bittersweet Gallic RomanceThis is a very French book. Kind of mournful, but also hopeful. Very, very emotional.This is ironic, as the author, Nina George, is actually German, although she now lives in France (which doesn't surprise me, as her soul is French).And yes, it's yet another homage to the vanishing independent bookseller, but it's much more than that. It's a reflection on love and death and other deep subjects. It's also a love letter to...
  • Algernon (Darth Anyan)
    One word review : Overkill!There's a excellent little romantic gem of a story hidden somewhere in the text of Nina George's bestseller. After all, the sales tell their own story and are proof that most of the readers were able to see past the wooden dialogue and the saccharine sentimentality into the true heart of the story, about coping with loss of innocence, aging, death, starting your life over. There's also a lot to be said about the power o...
  • Marianne
    “To carry them within us – that is our task. We carry them all inside us, all our dead and shattered loves. Only they make us whole. If we begin to forget or cast aside those who we’ve lost, then … then we are no longer present either”The Little Paris Bookshop is the seventh book by German journalist, teacher and author, Nina George (written under that name). Jean Perdu is fifty years old. He lives in an apartment building with an inter...
  • Jennifer
    2.5- stars, really.okay, first up: hello, my name is jennifer and i got a bit suckered into reading a romance novel. :/ (publisher lists this as 'fiction, romance, contemporary' - NetGalley listing reads 'literature/fiction' and did not have the 'contemporary romance' identifier.) i am not against romance, per se, but in reading, i am against the overly-sentimental and schmaltzy, and overuse of clichés. so this book fell apart for me on all thre...
  • Dana
    I'm giving up in this one. Life's too short to read books that bore me....
  • Margitte
    The book started out with possibilities:There was monsieur Perdu: - ' the king of this world, a literary pharmacist, who writes prescriptions for the lovesick;"…My name is Jean. Jean Albert Victor Perdu. Albert after my paternal grandfather, Victor after my maternal grandfather. My mother is a professor, and her father, Victor Bernier, was a toxicologist, a socialist and mayor. I’m fifty years old, Catherine, and I haven’t known many women,...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.comI am completely in love with this book. I had no idea what a gem I had in my hands. I picked this out of the books I was offered because I thought it sounded interesting, never would I have thought I would sink into the world of this book and not want to leave. When I first met the main character Monsieur Perdu (Jean Perdu) he reminded me of Hercule Poirot in his mannerisms, but that soon went by the wayside. J...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    I just cannot get into this. Is it the structure, the translation, me, what? Based on other poor ratings and general boredom I am giving up. Other books are waiting.
  • Barbara
    I was going to rate this 3 stars but I realized that I skimmed the last third of the book because I just wanted to be done with it. The tone of the book kept changing. Was it a romance with the idea of selling books as much a part of the romance as those between characters? But then our bookseller Perdu takes off on his bookselling boat on a river road trip. He picks up this wierd young writer who wears earmuffs all the time and it becomes a farc...
  • Jacob Overmark
    What did I think? At first I thought "Whats not to like?". A book about books and Southern France, perfect for a rainy summer day and I immediately fell for Jean Perdu.The name game wasnt lost on me, a man in a mature age, lost in himself, in his past and his happy and unhappy memories. He could have been "The Steppenwolf" or even the narrator in "À la recherche du temps perdu", but hes neither. He is a man with a mission, he is a literary apoth...
  • Suzanne
    You fall in love with this book first because it's about the power of books. Who can resist the idea of a book barge on the Seine in Paris where the bookseller, Jean Perdu, uses his intuition to select just the right book to deal with whichever emotion - small or large - is afflicting you? Monsieur Perdu explains it as "I wanted to treat feelings that are not recognized as afflictions and are never diagnosed by doctors. All those little feelings ...
  • Heather
    Oh my gosh! This book is so beautifully and poetically written! I just think everyone should read it! I want to meet someone like Jean Perdu.
  • Erin
    Historic fiction is my preferred stomping ground, but I’ve a reputation for venturing into multiple genres. I think journeying outside my comfort zone challenges me and helps me retain perspective as a reviewer which is how I found myself staring down a copy of Nina George’s contemporary romance, The Little Paris Bookshop. Looking back, I can honestly say the story made almost no impression on me. I didn’t connect with any of the characters...
  • Connie G
    I love books about bookstores so I was excited to start "The Little Paris Bookshop". Monsieur Jean Perdu's literary apothecary is located on a barge moored on the Seine. Perdu senses people's needs and problems, and prescribes books that are perfect for each customer. Unfortunately, he has been unable to deal with his own heartache since the love of his life left him 21 years ago. His lover had left him a letter when she departed from Paris, but ...
  • *eKa*
    3,5 StarsOnce again, a book that took me long enough to finish. Why am I such a slow reader? T_T Can I blame it on my activities again? Too many distractions? Because it's true. I chose this book right away because I think it's something like Chocolat (knew it from the movie, not the book), and it's a book about books! Amazing, right?! I knew there would be so many books told here. And I was right. But! I didn't really like how it was told, the p...
  • Rachelle
    This book was not what I hoped it would be. I really loved the idea of the floating book apothecary, and think so much more could have been done with that idea. In the end, though, this book was rather a disappointment. First, I didn't really love any of the characters, especially Manon, the woman Jean is so tortured with love for all these years. Why? She was selfish and didn't have any clue what commitment meant. Jean just came across as a fool...
  • Suzy
    This story of a Parisian bookseller who sets out on his bookstore on a barge to find the lover who abandoned him 20 years ago started out on a promising note but very quickly devolved. So many times I was rolling my eyes and groaning . . . and not in a good way. :) I felt the author was trying way too hard to be poignant and profound - maybe wanting to be the next Elizabeth Gilbert?So why did I read to the end of this almost 400 page book and rat...
  • Carolyn
    "A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therpay. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments:that's how I sell books"Fifty year old John Perdu considers himself a dispenser of literary medicine for ailments of the human soul rather than a mere bookseller. From his barge, the Literary Apothecary, moored on the Seine in Paris he dispenses books to cure people of their ailments, whether it be sad...
  • Maria Espadinha
    There's a Thin Line Between Life and BooksBooks...Books...Books...Friends...Masters...Healers...Shields and Shelters built on laughs, tears and smiles...Entrances and Exits...Always there for Us:Celebrating JoysAlchemizing Sorrows!Giving EverythingBegging Nothing!...We Travel We Hide We Learn...We find what we are!We find what we aren't!In books we find ourselvesIn books we lose ourselves...We Fly!We Grow!We Live!...We know ourselves in the world...
  • Olga Godim
    I received this Kindle uncorrected proof from NetGalley.A wonderful book, one of the best I’ve read recently. It’s full of marvelous quotes, despite being a translation. Isn’t it interesting? The book was originally written in German. It takes place in France, with most of the characters French. And I’ve read it in English.Human life in all its absurdity and beauty, warmth and ugliness stands up from the pages of this novel. Grief and bet...
  • Jan Rice
    Originally reviewed on June 30, 2017.The great lines: Then came the children, and the parents drifted apart like continents. The really funny lines (this for a lady who has just taken an unnecessary physical risk): "And what was it supposed to tell you?" Max asked. "Something like God is dead, long live extreme sports?" The laughable lines: He danced with her body and with her womanhood unlike any of the people for whom she was plain "Marie...." ...
  • Ivana de B.
    Ah, merde!I did not read this book. I felt it. I felt every bit of it. It made me experience every word I read in a way that left me breathless. At first I was amazed by the cuteness and sweetness of the book. It seemed so simple, but not shallow. As I read more I became more and more involved with the characters and their unique stories and personalities. It was so overwhelming feeling so much - I had tears in my eyes for almost half of the book...