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Friday, October 6, 2017

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George


The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George was a book club choice and there's a lot of discussion points in the novel.
The beginning was a little confusing, especially as the person Jean Perdu refers to doesn't have a name but instead there is a blank line each time she is mentioned and it isn't until later that we discover more about his lost love.
Despite the title, the story isn't about a bookshop, but rather a barge full of books from which Monsieur Perdu sells books - not just any books - he calls himself a literary apothecary and chooses books which he feels the reader needs to immerse themselves in. In fact the book isn't about Paris either because Monsieur Perdu leaves Paris on his barge, along with friends he accumulates along the way, and travels France's waterways, heading for the home of the woman he lost twenty years before.



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