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by Francois Lelord,Lorenza Garcia


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by Francois Lelord (Author). I will be reading Hector and the Secrets of Love: A Novel at some point, though. The different stories allows the reader to do introspection and learn. At the end of the day, it's all about the eyes who are reading it.

by Francois Lelord (Author). Personally, it gave me a pleasant time with every page, many laughs and a valuable reflection now very safe on my diary.

Hector is a successful young psychiatrist. Hector can't do much for them, and it's beginning to depress him. So when a patient tells him he looks in need of a holiday, Hector decides to set off round the world to find out what makes people everywhere happy (and sad), and whether there is such a thing as the secret of true happines. iction.

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Hector, the bespectacled star of this breezy novelette by the French happiness guru, Francois Lelord . The book has been billed as a 'feelgood gem' and it has so far sold over two million copies - perhaps proving that it has made the world a happier place

Hector, the bespectacled star of this breezy novelette by the French happiness guru, Francois Lelord, is a young psychiatrist on a mission. Depressed that that he can't make his patients happy either with pills or platitudes, he sets out on a journey around the world to find the secret of true happiness. His encounters include conversations with wealthy financiers, charming. The book has been billed as a 'feelgood gem' and it has so far sold over two million copies - perhaps proving that it has made the world a happier place. The next book in the series by Lelord promises to reveal the secrets of l'amour.

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FRANCOIS Lelord's endearing novelette about a psychiatrist called Hector who embarks on a quest to find the meaning of. .And it is not hard to see why this subject matter would appeal to the 21st century reader, beleaguered by financial and social woes

FRANCOIS Lelord's endearing novelette about a psychiatrist called Hector who embarks on a quest to find the meaning of happiness has sold over two million copies. And it is not hard to see why this subject matter would appeal to the 21st century reader, beleaguered by financial and social woes. Narrated in the simplistic style of a children's book - especially for grown ups - dissatisfied young psychiatrist Hector sets out on a round-the-world trip to help his patients who never seem to become any happier, no matter how hard he tries.

First published in France as Le voyage d'Hector ou la recherché du bonheur, by Odile Jacob. Includes an excerpt from François Lelord's second novel about Hector. Canon EOS 5D Mark II. City. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by AaronC on June 4, 2014.

Hector is an excellent psychiatrist. He's very good at treating patients who are ill, but more and more, his patients are people he can't treat. They have no serious problems -- they're simply deeply dissatisfied with their lives. Hector can't do much for these people, and it's beginning to depress him. So when a patient tells him he looks in need of a holiday, Hector decides to set off on a trip around the world to try to find the key to happiness.

Along the way, Hector keeps a list of observations about the people he meets and learns a great deal about what true contentment is all about. His journey into the soul is entertaining, empowering and often funny -- as winning in its optimism as it is powerful in its simplicity.


Comments: (7)

Tat
I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book, but it was decent. It was a quick read.
What I liked: It asked some "big" questions in simple terms. Hector was realistic in his thought processes. He wasn't entirely likable, but no one is if you see all of their flaws.
What I didn't like: Very simplistic. I know that was the point, but I thought it would be take a more in depth look at philosophy. That was my hope, at least. It also spoke of all his travels as "far away lands." I'm assuming this was so all the places were more relate-able and so as not to offend any particular country. It seemed a little ridiculous in some parts, though. You could obviously tell when he was talking about Africa or China. Not simply saying it out loud irritated me a little. Hector was written to be the "every man," but that's a lot to try to fit into just one character. I would have liked to see more development in the other characters, though I know that was not the point.

I will be reading Hector and the Secrets of Love: A Novel at some point, though. I'm hoping it's at least as good as this one.
VariesWent
My title just about sums it up. I have a feeling that the author was going for some kind of Paulo Coehlo type of tale here -simple parable to share Deep Truths, but it just didn't do it for me. I found Hector as a character ridiculously annoying. At some points he seems really stupid. And yet we're supposed to believe that he is an intelligent psychiatrist. The writing-for-children style grated me, as it did other reviewers. It's a fast read, but left me with no lasting insights, or indeed much of anything memorable. We learn along with Hector that happiness is feeling useful. Happiness is caring about the happiness of those you love. And over a dozen other lessons. But at the end of it, I don't know how Hector grew. I didn't see any real growth in him, except to realize that he loved his girlfriend back at home. There wasn't any kind of great moment of insight for Hector, and things that I would think would have left him reeling for months (especially a certain kidnapping in Africa) seem to weigh on him about as heavily as the conversation he had with the guy in the Business Class section of the plane. Overall this was pretty bland, and I won't be reading the sequel. But it wasn't bad, and I don't regret the time I spent on it. It just left me feeling blah and uninspired.
Rasmus
4 because it's a great way of transmitting a message within a self-development book. The story itself is engaging and the sarcastic as funny comments make it even more delightful to read.
The different stories allows the reader to do introspection and learn. At the end of the day, it's all about the eyes who are reading it. Personally, it gave me a pleasant time with every page, many laughs and a valuable reflection now very safe on my diary.
This books is a great reminder on the very different ways we allow ourselves to feel happy and how to recall them when needed.
Dakora
This is written like a fairy tale for grown ups. Hector is a young psychiatrist who is concerned that in spite of the advice and pills he administers, he can't seem to make his patients as happy as he wishes. He decides to take a trip around the world, taking in China, Africa and the USA, with the aim to understand what makes people happy or unhappy. If there's a secret, he's determined to find it.

This book has a simple, whimsical format, as if it's a kids' story book, and even begins with 'Once upon a time.' The hero is written to come across as part shrewd intellectual and part innocent little boy. There are frequent asides in parentheses, such as (Hector was intelligent but not necessarily smart). Without mentioning specific philosophies, nationalities and religions, these are often plain through the context.

Hector jots impressions in a notebook. He learns that you must be careful when you ask people directly whether or not they're happy, because it often makes men laugh and women cry. He meets several people, including a monk in a Chinese monastery, who wonders why so many westerners are interested in his religion when they have so many old and perfectly good religions of their own. Toward the end, Hector's findings are summed up by a well-known happiness specialist in 'the country with the most psychiatrists', who tells Hector that during his travels, he managed to discover several of the most popular indicators, and then attempts to them put them together in a formula.

Although it's an easy-to-read companion to all the non-fiction happiness texts out there, I quickly grew tired of Hector's womanising tendency, and the way it's portrayed indulgently as his funny little weakness. He cheats on his long-time partner, Clara, repeatedly during his travels and doesn't stop to consider that his 'if it feels good, do it' habit may bring the opposite of happiness to others as well as himself. That's not the habit of a nice guy. It was written as if he's a little boy who wants to sample different sweets, while he's messing with people's lives. I think it was trying to be a bit too cute, and came off superficial.

Surely those parable-cum-novels have to be really carefully crafted to work. This is just another one with main themes being poked in our faces every minute, and not always tastefully. In spite of what the blurb says, I didn't think it was much like 'The Little Prince' or 'The Alchemist' at all.
Zieryn
I devoured the 3 Hector books, one after the other, because I found them so refreshing. While the books are written in an easy-to-read and delightfully naive style, they are erudite and intelligent, with gentle humour, and complex and imperfect characters. The books are educative, thought-provoking and entertaining all at the same time. I am eagerly awaiting the next Hector instalment.
Nalmergas
I enjoyed this book so much I ordered the book "Hector and the Secrets of Love". I appreciate the style of writing. Many of the thoughts force you to think. If you don't think about the information it is just light reading. The book came in the condition described and was delivered in a timely manner.
Hector and the Search for Happiness (Center Point Platinum Reader's Circle (Large Print)) download epub
Contemporary
Author: Francois Lelord,Lorenza Garcia
ISBN: 1602859086
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: Center Point Pub; Large Print edition (December 1, 2010)