Hector and the Secrets of Love

Hector and the Secrets of Love

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by Franiois Lelord, James Clamp
     
 

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One of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies has employed Hector to track down their brilliant scientist, Professor Cormorant, who has disappeared abroad with the secret of a modern-day love potion. Leaving behind his troubled relationship with girlfriend Clara, Hector's adventure takes him to the Far East and into the arms of beautiful Vayla, forcing our

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One of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies has employed Hector to track down their brilliant scientist, Professor Cormorant, who has disappeared abroad with the secret of a modern-day love potion. Leaving behind his troubled relationship with girlfriend Clara, Hector's adventure takes him to the Far East and into the arms of beautiful Vayla, forcing our hero to think deeply about what love really is/means.In his follow-up to the multi-million-selling Hector and the Search for Happiness, acclaimed writer and psychiatrist, François Lelord, offers us a new fable filled with thoughtful insights into the very human desire to find and keep love.

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Publishers Weekly
A smarmy follow-up to Lelord's first effort finds the placid French psychiatrist Hector enlisted in a pharmaceutical experiment that leaves him with romantic troubles of his own. Listening to his unhappy patients, Hector observes that "love, it seemed, was an endless source of suffering," bons mots he has experienced with his own girlfriend, Clara, a salesperson at a big pharmaceutical company. While accompanying Clara on her company retreat, Hector is persuaded by Gunther, the conniving company head, into tracking down a rogue American professor of Happiness Studies who has vanished into an unnamed Asian country with a new drug that allows people to fall in love with whomever they want and, moreover, stay in love. Just as Clara is taking up an affair with her boss, Hector sets out in search of the professor, who drops him notes and delivers some of the love potion by a comely messenger, Vayla. Hector and Vayla fall irretrievably in love, though are unable to speak to each other. Ever aware of the economic inequities between him and those he encounters, Hector exhibits nonetheless some conflicted feelings regarding the beauty and youth of the Asian women-and lovely Vayla's slavish obedience to his every whim. Lelord's saccharine tale delineates a universal, palatable message about attachment and need, self-interest and freedom.
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To analyze love is to find there is no there there. So it seems to Dr. Hector, a French psychiatrist wearied by the daily litanies of floundering romance.

Hector thinks he loves Clara. In fact, he once wanted to marry her. Now Clara wants marriage, but Hector is unsure. Love's puzzles inspire Hector to begin noting "Seedlings," thoughts on love's joy and pain. Clara works for a giant pharmaceutical company, perhaps Swiss, and thus emblematic of its utilitarian attitude toward love. The company invites Hector to a tropical isle to meet other experts, one a caricature of Dr. Ruth, and discusses the chemistry of love. Hector learns the company has already made progress on a pill to induce and perpetuate love. The formula, however, has been stolen by its creator, Dr. Chester Cormorant. Hector knows Cormorant, and he is persuaded by Gunther, the company's president, to find the missing scientist. That Hector will be half-a-world away will also ease the tension in Gunther and Clara's secret love affair. The search begins in Cambodia where Hector learns Cormorant wants to contact him, and convince him of the pill's effectiveness. In fact, Hector takes one, and gives another to Vayla, a beautiful masseuse to whom he is attracted. The pair promptly begin a sweetly passionate love affair. Hector also meets the mysterious Jean-Marcel, supposedly a sales representative, and two young female Japanese tourists. The action moves to Shanghai where the pills are tested. Pandas are involved, in a thoroughly sardonic fashion. By novel's end, Jean-Marcel, Clara, Gunther, Hector and the Japanese pair end up among the Gna-Doas, a lost Tibetan tribe in the Southeast Asian jungles. At this point, Hector has written 27 "Seedlings," all reminding him that "love is indeed complicated, difficult, and sometimes painful..."

Told in a wry, ironic, self-deprecating voice that sometimes addresses the reader, Lelord's second novel (Hector and the Search for Happiness, 2010) should intrigue readers of his first.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611742657
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
05/24/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged; 5.25 hours
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


FRANÇOIS LELORD is a psychiatrist who has worked in Paris, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City, and at UCLA. Hector and the Search for Happiness is his first novel, and the first in a series that includes Hector and the Search for Love and Hector and the Meaning of Time.

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Hector and the Secrets of Love 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
VeronicaK89 More than 1 year ago
I love Hector and his adventures. In the sequel to "Hector and the Search for Happiness," Hector is searching for the secrets of love. This time, he is sent on an adventure to track down a professor that was working on a new drug to help people stay in love. Along the way Hector makes news friends and learns some secrets of love. Meanwhile, Hector's own personal life is giving him insight into the difficulties of love. Just as good as the first novel in the series. I can't wait to read the third!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago