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The Little Paris Bookshop

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  92,894 ratings  ·  13,045 reviews
“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 apo
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by Crown (first published April 26th 2013)
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Toni Yes! As a 14/15 year old girl who loved to read, I would have enjoyed this—if I were encouraged to gallop through the first few chapters to the point …moreYes! As a 14/15 year old girl who loved to read, I would have enjoyed this—if I were encouraged to gallop through the first few chapters to the point where Perdu and Max make a break for it. As for those who worry about sex and F-bombs, they don't know much about today's adolescents and must not remember their own adolescence.(less)
Brenda Aside from the deeper message of loss and regret, I loved it for the loving journey it took through many memorable French towns, as well as the numero…moreAside from the deeper message of loss and regret, I loved it for the loving journey it took through many memorable French towns, as well as the numerous books referenced within the story. If you love to travel and have been so fortunate to have experienced France, you'll enjoy it. And if you're a book lover, you'll enjoy mentally check listing the books it references even more. (less)

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Jeffrey Keeten
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
”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 lives.

Sometimes I don’t understand why people read at all
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Aug 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
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. Unfortunately, that's not what I got, and that book blurb ab ...more
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 in case:
"THANK YOU, *Nina George*.

My first memo
May 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 bookseller hands out books like medicine to people w
Barbara Hale
Jul 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audible, book-club-2
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.
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jean Perdu runs 'the little Paris bookshop' on a beautifully restored barge; he has a talent to soothe, or even medicate buyers with books, but he is unable to fix himself. He is in a decades long spiral of self-recrimination and pain for a love that was seemingly lost, a golden opportunity missed. A writer who found success and fame with his debut book struggles to write a second book, and a new neighbour inspire Perdu to seek out and face his romantic past. The book tells the story of his jour ...more
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Bittersweet Gallic Romance

This 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 France.

Parisian Jean Perdu ("John Lost" in Englis
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. You can walk into that bookstore and find four books tha
Jean Perdu, a Frenchman who owns the Literary Apothecary, a bookshop barge floating on the Seine River in Paris, prescribes books to his patrons like medicine to make the soul happy. Unfortunately, Jean doesn't seem to be able to help his own soul.

What I did like about this story:
1. it's a nice little tale about friendship, adventure and love; and,
2. occasionally, my heart would ache, and it brought tears to my eyes.

What made me think, "Meh!":
1. for a setting of a floating bookshop, I was disapp
One of my top 5 favorite books. I love it.

This is one of the better books I've read this year! It is shining with delight and Nina is so good at illuminating the human condition. I hope everyone will read about the book selling apothecary Jean and his trip down the rivers of France with cats and authors and all kinds of characters.
Jul 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm giving up in this one. Life's too short to read books that bore me.... ...more
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 of books to inspire and renew a reader's interest i
Edgarr Alien Pooh
Jean Perdu customizes an old barge into a bookstore and moors it on the Seine river in Paris. He lives in an apartment close to the barge and names his store the Literary Apothecary for he believes he can sell a book to anyone to heal their ills, or just generally fill the void in their lives. He is considerably well known and has a host of regular customers. He leads a simple life because the only ill that he cannot heal through his books is his own, one born twenty-odd years ago.

It is the arri
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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 interesting (and often eccentric) collection of other tenants, a
Maria Espadinha
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a Thin Line Between Life and Books

Books, Books, Books...

Friends, Masters and Healers

Shields, Shelters built on laughs, tears and smiles...
Entrances and Exits...

Always there for Us:

Celebrating Joys
Alchemizing Sorrows!

Giving Everything
Asking for Nothing!...

We Travel
We Hide
We Learn...

We find what we are!
We find what we aren't!

In books we find ourselves
In books we lose ourselves...

We Fly!
We Grow!
We Live!...

We know ourselves in the world!
We perceive the world in ourselves!...

Is it all about
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I 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. Jean Perdu is a very unique man. A man with his own
Tina Haigler
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"How on earth could I have let them talk me into it?"

Holy bejeezus! If this book is any indication, French people really are romantic. At least the woman who wrote this novel is. I would love to think French men think as romantically as this author portrays them, but I highly doubt it. I suspect it is merely wishful thinking on her part, but oh how wonderful it would be to be entirely wrong.

This was a sad, yet beautiful story about love, loss, friendship, and the stages of grief. It's the ta
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, let alone slept with them. I loved one. She left me.’
Jacob Overmark
What did I think?

At first I thought "What´s 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 wasn´t 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 he´s neither.

He is a man with a mission, he is a literary apothecary, caring for all the lost souls but his own
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 three counts. which is really, really unfortunate. this
Cathrine ☯️
Aug 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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.
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 farce. They have no money and no food and have to pay ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 and emotions no therapist is interested in, becaus ...more
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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.
Historical Fiction
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 and I couldn’t rouse much enthusiasm for their personal
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 he waited 21 years to finally open it and feels sh ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 who somewhere along the way mistook lust for love ...more
Once 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 plot, I mean. It's a bit confusing to me. It seemed like the
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 rate it 3 stars instead of 1 or 2? There were several
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Born 1973 in Bielefeld, Germany, Nina George is a prize-winning and bestselling author (“Das Lavendelzimmer” – “The Little Paris Bookshop”) and freelance journalist since 1992, who has published 26 books (novels, mysteries and non-fiction) as well as over hundred short stories and more than 600 columns. George has worked as a cop reporter, columnist and mana

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