To Be Read: Hector and the Search for Happiness


From the Publisher: Following on the success of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, and already a worldwide sensation, Hector and the Search for Happiness finally comes to America, where readers will delight in its uplifting humor. As Hector travels from Paris to China to the United States, he keeps a list of observations about the people he meets, hoping to find the secret to happiness. Combining the winsome appeal of The Little Prince with the inspiring philosophy of The Alchemist, Hector's journey around the world and into the human soul is entertaining, empowering, and smile inducing-as winning in its optimism as it is powerful in its insight and reassuring in its simplicity.

My Take: A lot of comps in the above description and not much substance but apparently this novel has been a hit in Europe, where it's sold over two million copies. Hector is a psychiatrist who is very good at what he does for those with genuine psychiatric problems but is mystified generally by the general dissatisfaction he sees in his other clients. He then sets out across the globe to chase that elusive thing called happiness. As long as this novel stays more on the side of dry wit than cutesy, I think we're good here.

Hector And The Search For Happiness/ Francis Lelord / Penguin / PB, Aug 2010

4 comments:

Errant Knave said...

Hoping for dry wit, even though the cover seems cutesy. Not that that's a bad thing. I think I like Penguin's new cover as opposed to the original by Gallic Books.

Steph said...

Mmm, an attractive-looking book, of course! (God, I love Penguin.) I'll have a look for it where I work and flip through to see if it's good. I like the premise!

Steph said...

PS. I broke down and bought One Day. I still look forward to your review, though! You'll probably have that up before I get to the book anyway.

B.Kienapple said...

Yes the blue cover had no dignity.
Steph - reading One Day right now and it's well worth it. So funny. I love the character of Em.

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