I'm back (finally) with another post for From Left to Write, the online book club I'm part of - and this book has been on my to-read list since it was published earlier this year! Our book club focuses on sharing experiences the book makes us think of, not an actual review (I'll post one of those on Goodreads as soon as I can find a spare few minutes!)
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.
I love this concept... a floating literary apothecary. A place of refuge from the perils of daily life, where someone will take the time to really listen to the meaning behind your words and match you with suitable literary prescriptions! Books have always been like that for me... for as long as I can remember I've been perfectly happy to hide in a corner with a good book (or ten), tuning out the world and losing myself in a whole new experience (fictional or non - I love them both). I can recall, fondly, hours on hours spent at the public library in my hometown (back when it was ok to leave your kids unattended), wandering the stacks and pulling out anything that struck my fancy to read. Books taught me to be independent, curious, empathetic, ok with solitude and quiet, and so much more.
I definitely think there are books for every occasion, every situation, every crisis, every triumph. You can find what you're looking for in all sorts of different types of books. Need a laugh? David Sedaris can help. Looking for a lesson in love and angst, with moody settings? Wuthering Heights never fails me. Good books are like old friends, like coming home - they can comfort when needed, or nudge you out into something new when you're not sure if you'r ready to go. In The Little Paris Bookshop, Monsier Perdu speak frequently of a [fictional] book that changed his life and got him through difficult times. What have you read that's changed your life? I'm trying to narrow down the list to answer the very same question!
Disclosure: This post was inspired by the novel The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, where Monsieur Perdu--a literary apothecary--finally searches for the woman who left him many years ago. Join From Left to Write on October 8th as we discuss The Little Paris Bookshop. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes. Links shared here are affiliate links.