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READER Ë DOC Das Lavendelzimmer ï NINA GEORGE ï ❰Reading❯ ➽ Das Lavendelzimmer Author Nina George – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk “There are books that are suitable for a million people others for only a hundred There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person onlyA book is both mNd discover the end of the story Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef Perdu travels along the country’s rivers dispensing his wisdom and his books showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itselfInternationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people's live One word review OverkillThere's a excellent little romantic gem of a story hidden somewhere in the text of Nina George's bestseller After all the sales tell their own story and are proof that most of the readers were able to see past the wooden dialogue and the saccharine sentimentality into the true heart of the story about coping with loss of innocence aging death starting your life over There's also a lot to be said about the power of books to inspire and renew a reader's interest in living his belief in love in particular The author may have 'borrowed' the idea of the books as medicine for the soul I thinks she gives credit to German author Erich Kastner for the theme of the floating library peniche but she deserves recognition for turning this basic principle into a wild fanciful journey from the uais of the Seine through the navigable canals of Central France all the way down to sunny Provence and the beaches of the Cote d'AzurOur guide or pharmacist is Jean Perdu a 50 year old man who has built an impregnable armour around his heart after losing the love of his life some twenty years ago He is now dispensing literary advice recommendations from his barge Lola a boat with a low slung belly a galley two sleeping berths a bathroom and eight thousand books It's a world apart from our world To cut a long story short Jean Perdu is shaken out of his apathy by a letter from his former lover Manon a letter that has remained locked for two decades yet still has the power to send him on a uest of his lost youth Jean takes his barge his books his two stray cats and an unexpected stowaway in the person of Max a succesful young author struggling with writer's block on a trip to the south of France Additional themes deal with the syymbolism of the tango with writers hiding under a pseudonym with fellow travellers searching for lost loves an Italian handyman and food as an expression of love Flashbacks to the past come in the form of journal entries from Manon the one who got away two decades agoI am usually a sucker for this kind of story see the end of my review for some examples plus I love Paris and the Provence where I spent many a memorable vacation So what went wrong with the story of Jean Perdu? It might be the case of an unfortunate translation but right from the start I was bothered by Jean's speech patterns by his sermonizing on the subject of books and love and by the freuency of uotable maxims that seem handpicked from the relationship column of a fashion magazine and shoehorned into the text whether they fit or not the action The secondary characters are no better when it comes to bashing the reader with a metaphoric sledgehammer on the importance of getting in touch with your emotions I'm not hard to please when it comes to romance but I also believe a little moderation goes a long way to make a character come alive Jean and his companions never let me forget for a moment that I am here to listen to their sermons A uick internet research proved me true as Nina George has made uite a name for herself by writing articles and advice columns for Cosmopolitan and its like and by writing several popular books on modern sexuality under a pseudonym An early example of what I am talking about is the whole concept of transperception a made up term for explaining Jean Perdu's success rate with his book recommendations Apparently he is able to read the personality and the inner life of a customer just by looking at him or her and asking a few flash uizzes about his or her likes and dislikes I know most romance novels are the modern euivalent of classic fairytales but not everything is improved by a touch of the supernatural Two examples illustrate what I mean about either a poor translation or a poor understanding of metaphor In describing the people of Provence Manon goes like this They are woody and malleable stony and strong they speak from deep within their strata and boil over as fast as a pan of water on the stove I wanted to shout Please pick one or the other but not both at the same time either strong or flexible either deep or shallow And did you actually counted the minutes it takes to bring water to a boil? It's not that uick and in describing her loving two men at the same time Manon goes like this So three sided spheres do exist Uhmmm no they don't At the most you can argue for two sides the inner and the outer surface but a sphere by definition has no corners triangles or any other angles The Platonic myth was not about threesomesI sould stop with my grumbling after all it's all subjective and I would hate to keep any potential reader away from a book that might change his or her life My own experience was like facepalms groaning and looking every five minutes or so to see how many pages I have left in the chapter or how many pages left until I can reach the end I am a compulsive finisher of all the books I start and an incurrable optimist so I hated the idea of giving up on Jean Perdu too soon It's also true that I liked many of the basic principles presented here how we deal with loss how important are music food friendship dancing reading to the process of healing I honestly believe this could have been a great book in the hands of a subtle writer one less focused on scoring high on 'bon mots' and interested in credible characters As a peace offering I have two 'bon mots' that I really liked Nobody would ever wise up if they hadn't at some stage been young and stupid and you've got to read this it'll do you good a reminder that the greatest thrill at discovering a gret story is to share it with your friends and lovers There's a couple of nice Easter Eggs at the end of the book also for sharing with friends some Provencal recipes for a good meal and 'Jean Perdu's emergency literary pharmacy list' of novels that are good for your soul I think it would be fun for each of us to try to put together such a list of the stories that shaped our life in a significant way Some of the titles may even overlap with those of Jean Perdu On the plus side of the balance I could also include a few travel tips like Sanary sur Mer Vaucluse or Cuisery and music playlists that include the Benny Goodman Sextet's cheerful Bei Mir Bist du Schoen dreamy Cape Cod and then Louis Armstrong's melancholy We Have All the Time in the WorldI have one snarky conclusion Jean Perdu will probably win my end of the year award of Most Tears Per Paragraph shed by a single character and a short list of literary medicine that I recommend as companions in spirit to The Little Paris Bookshop They all deal in some way with the subject of the grumpy old man who secretly loves life and books and carries a torch for a long lost love Nicole Krauss The History of Love Gabrielle Zevin The Storied Life of A J Fikry Fredrik Backman A Man Called Ove Muriel Barbery The Elegance of the Hedgehog she is on Jean Perdu's list also G B Edwards The Book of Ebenezer le Page warning doorstopper and only partly dealing with romance or reading

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The hardships of life Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs Perdu mends broken hearts and souls The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared She left him with only a letter which he has never openedAfter Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France hoping to make peace with his loss a I have just finished this book and am astonished at the 5 star reviews; it seems I was reading a different book from the majority of reviewers I had such high hopes for this I had just finished reading a very dark and disturbing thriller and needed a lovely book to make me feel warm and fuzzy; this seemed the perfect antidote so I settled down with my faithful kindle and began reading The premise of the story was just utter magic to me a bookseller hands out books like medicine to people who need them; it sounded perfect lovely and magical and so I commenced The first few paragraphs were uite enchanting and I was hooked I wanted to know about the lovely and insightful Monsieur Jean Perdu and his floating Literary Apothecary and his tragic love affair which took place some 20 years before He lives in a wonderful apartment block with some great characters especially the author Max Jordan who takes Jean under his wingThe story then sank pun intended without trace for me sadly as I felt it became a tale of a group of males who travel the waterways of France each learning a little of each other along the way Nothing about books to heal people by this time I felt disappointed and dare I say it a little duped as I hadn't expected the story to go off kilter from the absolute foundation of the story I limped along to 75% of the way through and then literally raced to the end to finish it By the time I reached the finishing post I couldn't have cared less about Jean Catherine or Max and I literally breathed a sigh of relief that it was finally over I don't often give up on books as I didn't with this but uite honestly I should have deleted the book when Jean took to the riversI'm desperately sorry this book didn't 'do it' for me I really really wanted to like it

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Das Lavendelzimmer“There are books that are suitable for a million people others for only a hundred There are even remedies I mean books that were written for one person onlyA book is both medic and medicine at once It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments that’s how I sell books” Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine he prescribes novels for ”Books keep stupidity at bay And vain hopes And vain men They undress you with love strength and knowledge It’s love from within”People read for lots of different reasons They want to be entertained They want a book to explain what is wrong with them or a confirmation of what they think is wrong with their spouse They read for information They read for an experience outside themselves They read to escape the drudgery of their lives Sometimes I don’t understand why people read at all because they don’t seem to like much of what they read Are they reading the wrong things? Are they judgemental narrow focused individuals? Are they frustrated writers? Maybe they can only like their perception of perfection and any deviation from that by the author must be punished? Maybe they haven’t read broadly enough? Maybe they miss the road maps that connect one book to many other books? Maybe they need some time on the Literary Apothecary and just maybe Jean Perdu can help them butthen maybe not I do know and Jean Perdu would be very disappointed to discover this that negative reviews get likes and comments on Goodreads than positive reviews People flock to these reviews and laud the reviewer for being so “honest” You would think that only negative reviews are honest reviews There are reviewers on GR who love ripping classics apart gleefully throwing the entrails of the book over their shoulders while they take bites out of the pulsing heart to the hearty applause of those who for whatever reason did not like the book Maybe they didn’t like the book because a teacher asked them to read it or maybe the language is too archaic or they perceive that the ideas expressed are too cliche now but not when the book was first printed Whatever the reason the expressions of hatred and dislike arewellunbecoming of whom I perceive readers should be For the record every review I write is “honest” I don’t shill for anyone but I am a great lover of books and maybe what I’m guilty of is enjoying what there is to savor in any book over what are perceived weaknesses Balzac had a character in Lost Illusions who wrote positive and negative reviews of the same book for different publications It is easy to write a negative review he explains simply take the strengths of any book and present them as weaknessesI could write a sneering review of this book very easily I could focus on what a fool Perdu is or dismiss him as a man confusing lust with love or being too romantic or condemn him for giving up just when he needed to be strong The reviewers seem to be evenly split on this book between 1 star and 5 stars baffling really that readers who have books in common can be so far apart on their assessment Not every book is for every reader but the reactions to this book are fascinating to me There are things about Perdu that drive me crazy Let’s start with the fact that he has a letter that was left for him by his lover Manon when she left him many years ago He’s never opened itHow can he not open it?This has left him in a half life He hears the lives of his fellow Parisian apartment dwellers but never participates himself ”The snatches of life the could be overheard in the house at number 27 Rue Montagnard were like the sea lapping the shores of Perdu’s silent isle”He doesn’t want to be crushed and is willing to live a shadow life rather than read the letter and discover the truth of why she left him My imagination would drive me crazy I would concoct much worse reasons for why my lover has left me than whatever the real reason is I’d have to read the letter but then by not reading the letter when he should have read the letter is what drives the plot of the novel When he reads the letter he comes unmoored Literarily He runs a bookshop called the Literary Apothecary which is on a houseboat He is known far and wide as the literary pharmacist who places the book the reader needs most in their hands This causes some rather awkward scenes when he won’t sell a book that he feels is the wrong book to a customer His need to escape himself is so intense that he doesn’t think about food or clothes or money He just shoves off and starts his uest to run to Manon His writer friend Max happens to be one step ahead of an admiring gaggle of readers when he demands to be allowed to come along Fame weighs heavily on Max One thing that both he and Jean share is fear ”Fear transforms your body like an inept sculptor does a perfect block of stoneIt’s just that you’re chipped away at from within and no one sees how many splinters and layers have been taken off you You become ever thinner and brittle inside until even the slightest emotion bowls you over One hug and you think you’re going to shatter and be lost”This is a dual uest Jean is also searching for the author of his favorite book I know from experience that it is not always a good idea to meet the writer of a favorite book They don’t always live up to expectations or maybe it is that we the readers don’t live up to their expectations Whenever I meet writers I really do try not to be a cliche spouting bloody idiot but it is difficult Nina George will take you down the Rhone river You will meet characters who will add their bits of wisdom and in some cases comic relief You will stop off in the town of Cuisery a place where books are embraced as part of all life You will be exposed to wonderful food and wine You will learn how to barter books for what you need You will see a man a weak fragile man A man maybe too caught up in the romance of how life should be struggle to live a whole life once again Perdu is certainly not realistic He deals in cliches because cliches are still loaded with wisdom and insight He runs away from his problems He escapes into books and peeks at real life through his fingers He would rather help others than help himself I felt protective of him maybe because I met many people in my time in the book business who were lost in this world but heroes in the pages of books They are confident about books but completely lost with dealing with the complexities of life Many of them downshift and downshift again until they nearly disappear I was afraid this would be a cosy but if it is it turned out to be my kind of cosy I read this book at the right time almost as if Perdu had pressed it into my hands himself Life has been heavy and having the opportunity to unmoor from my life and float down the Rhone for a few hours was not only enjoyable but therapeutic This is a gentle book of grand passion You will all just have to forgive me for writing a positive review of a book that many of you have chosen to loath I do not condemn you for your feelings because I believe them to be genuine but then I wish we could all be kinder to one another and in the process be kinder to books If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also 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