“This is a cute and fluffy read about a psychiatrist's travels and thoughts as he tries to define what makes a person happy. For the most part, he nails it. If you are unsatisfield with your lot, give it a read, it might put it all in perspective.”Suzanne wrote this review Thursday, December 30, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great story, well told, truly filled with bite size, scrumptious wisdom. Short and sweet. Hector inspires me to travel again also. ”Lindsay Marisol wrote this review Saturday, December 18, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is sneaky. It seems like a simple story, told in a tone that is reminiscent of fairy tales made to be read to children (though it is translated from French, which may be adding to the formality of it). However, some powerful insights are packed into this little paperback. Hector, a psychiatrist, goes on a globe trotting quest to find out what happiness is made of. He ends up with a list of 22 (it would have been 23, but he scratched #18 out) things that help to create happiness. I found it entirely charming and very thought provoking, a gentle read for just about anyone.”Jackie Blem wrote this review Friday, December 10, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“From the back cover: "Once upon a time there was a young psychiatrist called Hector who was not very satisifed with himself... and so he decided to take a trip around the world, and everywhere he went he would try to understand what made people happy or unhappy.
"Hector travels from Paris to China to Africa to the United States, and along the way he keeps a list of observations about the people he meets. 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 wise in its simplicity."
A very unusual book, and a good reminder of what it is that really counts in life.”
“Super cute simple story. Quick read. ”Natasha N wrote this review Saturday, November 13, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A charming little fable. One of the main criticisms on Amazon was that it reads like a book for children, and I suppose it does. That's actually part of its charm and makes the message more clear.”londonpenguin wrote this review Friday, November 5, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)
This slight little French tale, originally published in 2002 but just now coming out in the US, has apparently become one of those quirky global hits that has now sold over two million copies, and has spawned a whole series of sequels; essentially an autobiographical tale about the psychiatrist author's mid-life crisis, it follows him as he travels around the world on a sabbatical seeking the true keys to happiness, realizing that it essentially boils down to a series of cutesy new-age homilies that sound vaguely like a cross between Buddhism and Joel Osteen, as well as plenty of volunteer work for us privileged white folk in the decrepit failed states of the world that Lelord traveled to on a regular basis during his own vision quest. But I gotta say, I myself could barely choke my way through even half of this before exasperatingly giving up; not because of its message, which is harmless if not fairly predictable, but rather because Lelord wrote the entire thing as a simplistic children's fairytale, which will no doubt delight your suburban mom when you buy her a copy for Christmas, but will drive most grown-ups quite crazy quite fast. It's one of those infuriatingly upbeat "it takes a village" titles destined for the point-of-purchase shelf full of shiny cute doodads right next to the cash register, and it unfortunately reads exactly so.
Out of 10: 6.0”
“This novel brings some simple points about happiness. I really enjoyed reading it. ”Toni K wrote this review Tuesday, October 26, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's fun to read.”Andriyev J wrote this review Tuesday, October 26, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No