Hector and the Search for Happiness: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Overview

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, and Christopher Plummer



The international bestseller with more than two million copies sold



“Once upon a time there was a young psychiatrist called Hector who was not very satisfied 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.


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This trite debut follows a psychiatrist named Hector as he attempts to understand "what made people happy." At a crossroads professionally and personally, Hector resolves to take a trip, first landing in China, where he reconnects with an old friend and encounters Ying Li, with whom he spends a night. He also meets an old monk who offers a bit of happiness-related wisdom. Having suffered disappointment in his relations with Ying Li, Hector next heads to Africa, where he makes the acquaintance of a drug lord with a depressed wife, is kidnapped, and learns that "it's harder to be happy in a country run by bad people." Next up is the "big country where there were more psychiatrists than anywhere else in the world" and a meeting with a professor of "Happiness Studies." Lelord, a psychiatrist, writes in the simple prose you'd find in a children's book, and this stylistic choice quickly becomes irredeemably grating. Though the book is an international bestseller, it is far less a novel than a maudlin self-help guide that substitutes pat aphorisms for development. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101458983
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 77,286
  • File size: 208 KB

Meet the Author

François Lelord studied medicine and psychology. After getting his doctoral degree in 1985, he was a post-doctorate researcher at UCLA. He then worked as an attending physician in Paris for two years. Since 2004, he has been working as a psychiatrist in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Hector and the Search for Happiness is his first novel.
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  • Posted November 8, 2012

    Fantastic! I absolutely loved this book! Hector is a psychiatri

    Fantastic!

    I absolutely loved this book! Hector is a psychiatrist and constantly hears that his patients are unhappy. He decides one day to find the secret to happiness. Hector sets out on a journey that takes him around the world in search of happiness. He keeps a notebook with what amounts to bullet points of what makes people happy in hopes that he will find a solution to happiness. A very inspirational read.

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  • Posted August 4, 2012

    inspirational without being obnoxious. everyone should read this

    inspirational without being obnoxious. everyone should read this if they're going through a hard time or just want another perspective about life.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Good.

    A nice read that's simple and light. Looking forward to Lelord's next Hector adventure, titled Hector and the Secrets of Love.

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