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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.
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"Utterly charming...Hector and the Search for Happiness turns psychological research into a fast-paced, enchanting story. Lelord himself is a psychiatrist, and his interest in the human mind is infectious... Fans of Eat, Pray, Love and The Elegance of the Hedgehog won't want to miss this gem of a book."
-The Independent (London)
"Even the most aloof, the most detached reader will be won over by this book."
"A feel-good gem . . . Francois Lelord has created a 21st-century hero."
-Good Housekeeping (UK)
This was lighthearted and fun. I can't wait to read the other books in the series. The movie is a great adaptation.Published 8 days ago by alicia Browder
I found the writing in this book insufferable. I found it was too hard to believe that someone with such a childlike view of the world could both succeed in medical school and help... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Matthew Schrauth
It is a wonderful way to tell how to evaluate your Pleasure & pain. Everybody's life is different, with stories of boredom & happiness. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Jatin Desai
i got a used book, there were just slight stains on the cover (looked like coffee??) but other than that tiny thing the book was in great condition. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kimberly Richardson