Monday, June 29, 2015
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George is a newly published fiction novel about a bookshop owner who not only sells books, but prescribes books which he feels are "the only remedy for countless, undefined afflictions of the soul." (George, 2015 p. 23). Owned by a quaint middle aged man named "Monsieur Perdu", who calls himself a "literary apothecary", almost analogous to a pharmacist that dispenses medications for illness , a psychologist that diagnoses medical conditions or a doctor that treats a disease. This book is translated from the original German Das Lavenddelzimmer by Knar Verlag, and was considered a bestseller in Germany. The idea behind this book- its storyline- is unique and original. It is intriguing to consider the possibility that books might be like medication to the emotions, or the spirit. While it is true, many read for pure enjoyment and entertainment, not too many readers stop to think about the emotional connection that the right book may give- and that words do have power. It is part of the human condition to want to relate to others- and just as music draws in many as it tugs at the emotion- books have that potential as well. This book is unexpected, and will draw in readers who simply read for the love of reading. But this book is more than just entertainment- it is a springboard to engage the reader to think about deeper issues and to reflect on the fact that books themselves are more than words, but rather they reflect experiences and emotions that we, the reader may be able to relate to when there is no one around to share. As the book mentions- that book may in fact provide healing for those seemingly inconsequential feelings and emotions that are often beyond the scope of the medical profession. Books reflect the idiosyncrasies of emotion and thought as well as universal emotions as well. It leaves a lasting impression that there may exist the right book that does indeed touch our soul- and that instead of a soul mate or a counselor, our needs can be fulfilled in a book. As a blogger I recieved a copy of this book published by Crown publishers for the purpose of writing this review.