The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
This wonderful story appealed for its beautiful story line and also for
the magnificent descriptive quality of the prose. A Paris book-seller
had been in love with a woman and the story details
his love and loss and how he eventually comes to terms with his grief
for the loss of his love which endures for many years.
Jean Perdu ( John Lost) travels through France on a boat on the Seine River
traversing different regions and counties, rivers and canals and eventually
arrives in beautiful Provence. There is a map of his travels by water and by road listed at the beginning of the book.
This is indeed a fascinating story of love and loss and also a story of great beauty,
the meaning of love and loss. I enjoyed reading this story though I was surprised
at times to read the travel diaries of Manon, (Jean Perdu’s lost love) also included in the story. This book
has been translated into English and was originally published in Germany.
There are interesting and fascinating characters in the story whom Jean
Perdu relates to well after living a life of seeming isolation for many years.
The characters also add colour and joie de vivre to the novel with their
myriad emotions, reflections on life, eccentricities and their joy of living.
To me the most beautiful aspects of the book are the wonderful descriptions
of river life while travelling on the barge, the little towns and villages and also
the beauty of the landscape under the skies of Provence. The mountains,
the little villages and the greenery of trees and pasture and the beautiful lavender fields described almost as a chequered quilt, so beautiful!
This book also gives a great understanding of life and the turmoil some
people may encounter. I enjoyed reading this book and it is well recommended.