Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Book Review: Hector and The Search For Happiness

This is, according to the book blurb, an international bestseller, having shifted over 2 million copies worldwide.  It was originally written in French by Francois Lelord, and this an English translation.

Though this is a work of fiction, the author is a psychiatrist and it has the feel of a self-help book, but is none the worse for that.  It is also written in a child-like style that adds to its charm rather than detracts.  In fact I can't find anything bad to write about this book, so I'm not going to make anything up just for the sake of 'balance'.

I liked it.  It's short, concise, well-written and thought-provoking.  It is more of a novella than a novel, so won't take too long to read, but is full of episodes that make you think about what it means to be happy. 

As Hector goes on his travels he meets a monk, some old friends and a prostitute.  He also gets involved with drug dealers, aid workers and gets kidnapped by accident  (You gotta read that bit).  There are times when you will want to cry, times when you will want to laugh.

By the end you will have an idea about what happiness is and you will certainly know what it isn't.

The book is beautiful, sharp and thoughtful.  I loved it and I think you will too.

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