Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George: Book Review

Although they say not to judge a book by its cover, this is exactly what I did. I was interested in reading this book because the cover was appealing, but so was the book description. 

Nina George’s The Little ParisBookshop tells the story of Jean Perdu, a literary apothecary. He owns a bookstore in a boat on the Seine. He is the kind of book seller everyone needs – he can prescribe just the right book to ail the current hardship one has. I sure wish I knew such a book seller! His lonely and secluded life comes to a halt when he finally comes across a letter from his past. The letter causes a trip down the Seine to the place where he was supposed to meet the woman he desperately and fervently loved. The novel follows not just his journey, but also of a number of other interior hardships stricken people.

Frankly, there are points where the story gets too long and slightly boring, but then again, we’re reading about two men sailing on Seine – it’s bound to be boring. What was absolutely lovely about this book was the feeling of summer and coziness and tranquility it gave. This is a perfect read for the summer. I enjoyed reading about each character, about his or her development, and I absolutely loved how old loves were not easily shut down in favour of new ones; it was all done slowly and naturally. 

It’s a nice read, it started in full force, and although it got slower along the way, it was worth reading through for the ending.

I received an ebook version of this book from Blogging for Books. All thoughts expressed here are my own.

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