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Hector und die Geheimnisse der Liebe (Hector #2)

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  1,747 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
Auf seiner Reise wird der junge Psychiater Hector zum Abenteurer des Herzens. Er spürt einem Professor nach, der das Geheimnis der Liebe entschlüsselt haben will. Dabei entdeckt er, wie kompliziert die Liebe sein kann: Kann man nicht für immer verliebt bleiben? Warum liebt manchmal der eine mehr als der andere? Und Hector entdeckt, dass allein die Liebe – für alle Zeit und ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Piper Taschenbuch (first published March 20th 2005)
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As usual, the old Chinese monk was sitting at his very modern Western desk, and the moment he saw him Hector felt better.

"Please sit down," said the old monk in his kindly voice. "I see there is something you are worried about."

Hector sighed. The monk looked at him sympathetically.

"It's this new book," said Hector at last. "My book about happiness was a big success. Now they want me to do another one."

"And what will your new book be about?" asked the monk.

"Love," said Hector, and he sighed again
Jan 23, 2017 Anne rated it it was ok
Mhpf ne, ich habe es abgebrochen nach 120 Seiten - Hector und ich, wir werden wohl einfach keine Freunde... :(
Jan 09, 2016 Rizal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 03, 2012 Winna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
A holiday read.

I like the Search for Happiness better, it has a sort of a children's book allure to it, whilst this one doesn't. It's a lot longer, and a bit more complicated, but not a lot of them makes sense. I don't like most of the characters, even Hector, and there are so many boring bits I'd skipped because of that.

Frankly speaking, I don't find this one really representing its title well. It's about the Secrets of Love, but Hector himself is tangled up in his relationships. Is it really j
Teguh Affandi
Jan 20, 2017 Teguh Affandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Saya lebih suka yang ini daripada kisah Hector yang pertama. Kalau di kisah pertam Hector and The Search of Happiness, seolah hanyalah kolase perjalanan-perjalanan kemudian dirumuskan menjadi sebuah pelarajan soal kebahagiaan. Kalau di novel ini, kisah dan alur mengalir seperti kebanyakan. Hector dan Clara saling diuji daya cinta antara keduanya. Ketika orang ketiga muncul, Vayla dan Gunther atasan Clara. Ya, selalu ada ujian dan rasa sakit untuk sebuah cinta.

Adegan paling epik adalah saat HEcto
Jan 30, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I admit it! When I first started reading, I thought that I wouldn't finish this book. It took me a few pages to get used to the unusual style (which reminded me of childrens' literature, due to the simple, short sentences and equally short chapters). However, after a few pages I quickly became hooked. In fact, the simple style was actually perfect for bedtime reading, as were the very short chapters.

So, the plot......Hector the psychiatrist heads off on a mission to discover the answer to th
I enjoyed the first Hector book, but this was a little out there even for me!!!

It was to do with a love potion that the big pharmaceutical companies wanted, and also Hector falling in and out of love. It was quite boring!!!
May 25, 2011 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah yes, Hector!

We met last year, I very much enjoyed his search for happiness, and so I was delighted to be invited to join him on another quest.

This time Hector was searching for the secrets of love.

He had noticed, in the course of his work as a psychiatrist, that so many of his patients came to him because they had problems of the heart.

And he was thinking about love on his own account too. Wondering about his relationship with girlfriend Clara. Whether they should be lovers or friends. Why Cl
Nov 04, 2014 Bella rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that I'm disappointed after reading this novel. For some reason, I felt so disconnected to the story as well as the characters. I remembered being so excited to read it but upon doing so, I just felt that the story was a little nonsensical. I'm not sure why I felt that way. There wasn't any lesson learnt in this book for me.

Despite a couple of suspense and unexpected turns of events, it didn't excite me. Instead it seemed kind of predictable. Even if it didn't I felt as though I
David Hebblethwaite
I’ve not read the first of Lelord’s ‘Hector’ books (Hector and the Search for Happiness), but I’d suggest on the basis of this second one that they’re an acquired taste. Lelord’s professional background is in psychiatry, which is also the career of his protagonist. Hector is pondering the nature of love when he attends a pharmaceutical conference with his girlfriend Clara, where he is sent on a mission to track down an old acquaintance, Professor Cormorant, who had been working on a love drug. O ...more
Apr 26, 2012 Alanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the beginning of the book because I was looking for a nice fluffy read. I generally read books that are heavier and longer. The problem is that half way through the book I realized why I enjoy books with more depth. Rather than displaying the book's purpose through the plot and character descriptions, Lelord seemed to tell the purpose outright through Hector's components of love/heartache. It didn't help that I became very irritated when the character, Dr. Cormorant, said that Orangutans ...more
Oct 22, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Hector the main character is sent by a large pharmaceutical company to find Professor Cormorant who has absconded with a promising love potion. While searching high and low around the world Hector contemplates the components of love and the effects these have not only on the general public but on his own relationships.

He discovers some universal truths about life and love along the way, mostly that love is complicated but essential. The simple tone of the work is refreshing and del
The book has potential no doubt...the storyline is indeed interesting.. But then the monotone narrative, one dimensional characters kill the story. I dislike the western man after Asian woman cliche, the Asian woman as massage lady cliche ... it's also weird the author refused to refer to Cambodia by her name .. claiming it to not be an ancient city...I also disliked the ambiguous ending...overall flimsy..
G.R. Reader
Apr 25, 2014 G.R. Reader rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry François, you shoulda quit while you were ahead.
Feb 15, 2009 Christian rated it really liked it
Shelves: vorgelesen
Wie die Suche nach dem Glück nur vielleicht spannender, da die Geschichte schöner ist.
ok. but not as kickin' as hector and the search of happiness
Nov 13, 2016 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed, having enjoyed Hector and the Search for Happiness. I just couldn't get into this one
Jessica Lu
This is the second book written by one of my bookclub's ex-members. His first book is "Hector and the search of happiness". It is still about this young psychiatrist traveling to Asian countries. But this time, he is to search a professor who is studying love and has produced a pill to make people fall in love...

First, I find its translation (from French to English) this time is much easier and fluent to read comparing to the previous book.

Second, I find it amusing the ways the professor lead He
Ansi Widya
I prefer the first book though.
Book Review

Book Review – Hector and the Secrets of Love by Francois Lelord

7 out of 10

Gallic Fiction – ISBN 978 1 906040 338

The novelist and psychiatrist Francois Lelord has returned to the life of his literary alter-ego, Hector in this, the follow up to the multi million selling Hector and the Search for Happiness which looks at the nature of love and happiness and does not really find the answer, but creates a vivid world of characterisation and events in the process.

The story does not pre-supp
Oct 19, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was more of a break filler book between everything I’ve been reading – I honestly didn’t think I’d get to reading this book, but here we are.
Very similar to the first novel, Hector and the Search for Happiness, the story follows Hector’s story as he searches for the secret to love and the components of love. Love is a very complicated thing so I’m surprised they managed to put it in a book.
This book gives a unique insight to love and notes about love but I wouldn’t take them too much to h
Oct 30, 2010 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was send this book by Bookhugger, as part of their Real Readers Programme, for the purpose of reading and reviewing this title prior to its release in January 2011.
This is the Second "Hector" title by Francois Lelord, who is a psychiatrist (maybe even the psychiatrist named Francois mentioned in the story?). The first book is "Hector and the Search of Happiness", which I haven't read but hope to get my hands on in the not too distant future.
The story in this book is charmingly simple.
Hector i
Oct 30, 2010 CuteBadger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hector is a young psychiatrist who has noticed that many of his patients have problems with love: too much, not enough, loving the wrong person or loving them in the wrong way. His girlfriend Clara works for a pharmaceutical company with a more venal interest in the subject. Soon Hector finds himself on a mission to the Far East in search of answers to the great conundrum of human (and animal) relationships. He’s searching for an eccentric scientist, Professor Cormorant, who has disappeared with ...more
Shaz Goodwin
Hector and the Secrets of Love
Francois Lelord

Are you bored of reading the same-old, same-old, love story? Stories that have different characters in different countries but plots more-or-less the same? Yawn, yawn. If you’re looking for an in-depth love adventure with unforgettable characters then this is not the book for you. However, if you ARE looking for a creative and inventive take on the age old emotion of love then read this book and you will not be disappointed with the journey you will t
Rachael Quinn
Have you ever read a Hector book? The first one was Hector and the Meaning of Happiness and I would suggest that one over this. It’s almost like being in a Wes Anderson film.

Hector is a psychiatrist from France. At the beginning of the book, Hector is feeling a bit tired. So many of his patients are coming to him with problems of love. He has hung a picture of Chinese characters in his office and whenever a patient asks what it says, he tries to come up with a saying that best fits his/her case.
Dec 13, 2010 Karen07814 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book from Bookhuggers real readers with a note to say reviews cannot be published on amazon until closer to the time of publication so I've saved it until now.

I approached it as though it were a self help guide written as a fable similarly to "Who moved my cheese"
I confess with a lead charcter called Hector it took me a while to get past the UK cartoon character of the same name.
Hector, a psychiatrist, is sent on a mission to track down a professor who has developed a love drug. The aim
Oct 15, 2010 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the 'Hector's Journeys' series, the first: Hector and the Search for Happiness was published last year. I read, and enjoyed Hector's search for happiness although I found it somewhat childlike and was looking forward to reading about Hector's next step on his journey.

In this little book Hector has been asked by a pharmaceutical company to find Professor Cormarant - an eccentric genius who has developed a love potion, but has used it and disappeared somewhere in Asia ac
Dec 03, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really don't know what possessed me to read this second installment about Hector, but alas, it felt like a good idea at the time. So after the adventure of finding happiness in book#1, Hector finds himself in a strange position involving love. His lover, Clara, is a pharmaceuticals executive, and her company invites Hector to a conference about a drug focusing on the nature of love. Hector meets other psychiatrists as well as Gunther, the head honcho of the pharmaceutical company (and Clara's ...more
Lull Wain
Zazwyczaj staram się unikać zbyt osobistych recenzji, jednak w przypadku baśni o Hektorze czuję się do tego poniekąd... zmuszona.
Powieść Lelorda poleciła mi przyjaciółka, pragnąca zapewne w ten sposób podnieść mnie na duchu po pewnej uczuciowej klęsce, o której nie warto się tu rozwodzić. I nie zamierzam się z nikim kłócić: "Hektor i tajemnice miłości" to kawał niezłej historii, sporządzonej po to, by pocieszać tych, którym okrutna miłość porządnie dopiekła. Może niektórym to pomogło. Może niek
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François Lelord, born 22 June 1953 in Paris is a French psychiatrist and author. He studied medicine and psychology. After getting his doctoral degree in 1985, he was a post-doctorate researcher with Robert Liberman at the University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles. He then worked as an attending physician at Hôpital Necker (which is affiliated with Descartes University) in Paris for two years.
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“We fall in love or stay in love with people who are unsuitable or who no longer love us and, conversely, we feel no love towards people who would be very suitable. Love is involuntary, that's the problem. Our personal histories prepare us to be attracted to people who unconsciously evoke emotions from our childhood or adolescence.” 26 likes
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