P is for Monsieur Perdu

Hello, and welcome to Blogging A to Z 2017! Thanks for stopping by. Fellow A to Z-ers, please make sure to leave a link to your blog in the comments.

My theme this month is 26 of the Best Characters in Fiction.


As far as I’m concerned, Harry Potter is always therapy. Take two and call me in the morning! (Or don’t; I’m not a morning person.)

Monsieur Perdu is the main character of The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George.

Full disclosure, the book itself was merely okay, in my opinion.

What I loved was Msr Perdu. He’s a self-proclaimed book apothecary, dispensing books as prescriptions for various things that ail people. He has a little bookshop on a boat in France. Instead of giving people what they want to read, he tells them what they need to read.

I love this idea! In fact, I would have preferred that were the focus of the book. Of course, Msr Perdu is struggling with heartache himself, and dropped out of life because of it. There’s no one to give him the right book to cure him.

Though I think Msr Perdu is one of the best characters in fiction, he wasn’t strong enough to carry a whole book. And in fact, the book focused on his heartache rather than the part I found interesting: his ability to know what book each person needed.

After I read this book I found out that there are actual book therapists out there. I’m tempted to book a session, just because I love the idea so much.

Though this book wasn’t life changing for me, it made me reflect on how much books have been life changing for me, and how much I do use them as therapy. What I read depends on my mood as much as anything else.

Would you like to meet a book apothecary? Do you have a go-to book you read (or genre) when you’re feeling blue?

3 comments on “P is for Monsieur Perdu

  1. I, too, find this a fascinating idea! Perhaps the writer was trying to convey how we can’t help others effectively until we’ve had a similar experience.
    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

  2. messymimi says:

    Yes, i would like to meet such a person in real life. Sometimes we don’t know what we need until someone else points it out.

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