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Hector und die Geheimnisse der Liebe (Hector #2)

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  1,323 ratings  ·  112 reviews
One of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies has employed him to track down their brilliant scientist, Professor Cormorant, who has disappeared abroad with the secret of a modern-day love potion. Leaving behind his troubled relationship with girlfriend Clara, Hector's adventure takes him to the Far East and into the arms of beautiful Vayla, forcing our hero to think ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published (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
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
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
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
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
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
G.R. Reader
I'm sorry François, you shoulda quit while you were ahead.
Noch voller Begeisterung von Hectors Reise oder die Suche nach dem Glück musste ich natürlich auch sein 2. Abenteuer und die darin enthaltenen Lebensweisheiten lesen.

Vom Aufbau nehmen sich die beiden Bücher nicht viel, dafür aber umso mehr von der Art und Weise. Während Hectors Reise mit einer Leichtigkeit daher kommt, die bei einem solch schwer philosophischen Thema seinesgleichen sucht, verpasst Hector und die Gehemnisse der Liebe dies total. Die kindliche Naivität gepaart mit tiefgründigen G
Imran Rasid
Suggested by a friend, i picked this one up a day ago and managed to finish it by today. I could finish it faster if i didn't rad anything else at the same time. It used short and simple sentences, making the narration of the book is relatively an easy read. Nevertheless i think the book is, well, okay. It does brought up few important questions and observations pertaining to love and those people that were indulged in it. But i think it still slightly superficial, and has not tackle the broader ...more
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.
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
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
Kathy Chung
I like hector still being his lovable self. Love his innocent ways of analysing the enotions from love, anguish, guilt, anger and etc.

what I dislike is the way story goes left and right with hector chasing after the Professor. just too many characters jumping into the story stealing limelight from hector...the japanese duol, Jean-Marcrl, Gunther... even Hi and Ha. it feels like there are just too many "sub" stories going on.

overall it was a likeable reads though cannot compared to book 1.
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
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
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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
Justine Camacho-Tajonera
This was my first Hector novel thanks to a friend who lent it to me. This was really easy to read (and finish)! What I liked about it was the fresh, childlike perspective of its characters. Sometimes people can be really simple if they were just honest about things. Plus, I got to travel a bit from Paris to Vietnam to Shanghai!

I felt that Vayla was a bit underplayed. That's because I'm Asian and I'm a bit slighted when there's a love relationship between a European (in this case, a French psych
Hector on his quest on searching for the answer for the question "What is love? What exactly are LOVE? how do we decide we are in love? what does love brings?"

This is my second book on Hector. I was so amazed by the previous ones, I thought that the second book could beat the previous. However, I'm slightly disappointed. Not that this book isn't great, it's just it was mediocre. I could see that the author was trying to spice it up a little bit this time. There a twist when Hector was asked to
Hector, the loveable and ever curious French psychiatrist, is on a new mission. He has been asked to find a research scientist who has disappeared of his own volition. He's working on a drug that would help to make love more permanent--a very valuable drug indeed. But it seems he took a bit of the drug himself and has run off with one of his research assistants. Hector does find the rather eccentric gentleman, and gets dosed with the drug himself at a time when he and his beloved Clara are not d ...more
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
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
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
Leonor  Rangel
Confusing and open ended

I read the trilogy out of order. The second book last and the third book second. I liked the third book best of all. Many good observations were made about what love was, however since the hero was allowed two loves in the book one is left with a sense of disappointment. Overall a good story, but the conflicts are not directly reconciled,yet seem to be so by the third book.
Jo Barton
Hector and the Secrets of Love by François Lelord

I was asked to read and review this book as part of Book Hugger's Real Readers and as I hadn't read François Lelord’s previous book, I approached this one with an open mind.
When scientist, Professor Comorant goes missing with an amazing potion that reveals the secrets of love, psychiatrist Hector, embarks on a world wide assignment to track down the professor, and the love potion. On his travels throughout the Far East, Hector encounters some quir
While I enjoyed this book quite a lot, I still find that I appreciated his first book (Hector and the Search for Happiness) much more. The writing seemed more...whimsical in 'Happiness.' 'Secrets' took on quite a despondent tone at times. (It is entirely reasonable that it should, as love can sometimes be a tricky subject to discuss.) Ultimately, there were some very interesting and noteworthy insights that Hector and his fellows made on the subject of love; yes, there were definitely some profo ...more
Eine weitere schöne Hector-Geschichte in der Reihe der Bücher, in denen sich Francois Lelord mit den wichtigen Fragen des Lebens auseinandersetzt. Dabei geht er mit einer wundervoll einfachen, nahezu kindlichen Sichtweise an die Dinge heran, die auch im Stil des Romans ihren Ausdruck finden. Auch die anderen Bücher von ihm fand ich wunderschön zu lesen, ebenso ist es mit diesem. Und am Ende bekommt man immer das Gefühl, dass das Leben, so wie es ist, einfach schön ist. Trotzdem fand ich die ande ...more
mixed feelings

I preferred the search for happiness. I am a little confused by the different endings, and sad that there is a double standard held for Clara's behavior as compared to Hector's.
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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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