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Product Details

  • Series: Hector's journeys
  • Paperback: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143119478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143119470
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

François Lelord has had a successful career as a psychiatrist in France, where he was born, and in the United States, where he did his postdoc (UCLA). He is the co-author of a number of bestselling self-help books and has consulted for companies interested in reducing stress for their employees. He was on a trip to Hong Kong, questioning his personal and professional life, when the Hector character popped into his mind, and he wrote Hector and the Search for Happiness not quite knowing what kind of book he was writing. The huge success of Hector, first in France, then in Germany and other countries, led him to spend more time writing and traveling, and at the height of the SARS epidemic he found himself in Vietnam, where he practiced psychiatry for a French NGO whose profits go toward heart surgery for poor Vietnamese children. While in Vietnam he also met his future wife, Phuong; today they live in Thailand.

François Lelord’s series of novels about Hector’s journeys includes Hector and the Search for Happiness, Hector and the Secrets of Love, and Hector and the Search for Lost Time.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By riofriotex on July 23, 2011
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This was an interesting little novel, about a psychiatrist named Hector who is hired by a big drug company to find a missing professor doing research for them. The professor is studying the chemistry of love and creates a potion that can cause deep desire and attachment.

Hector's adventures take him to Southeast Asia (where author Francois Lelard now lives). There he is torn between a waitress he meets named Vayla, and his love back home, Clara (who works for the drug company). While jetting and scurrying around, Hector ponders and writes about the five components of heartache, as well as coming up with 27 aphorisms about love that he calls "seedlings."

While the plot was a bit unbelievable, this modern parable does have some things to say about love, and has a vague (plot-wise) yet satisfying (message-wise) conclusion. It was particularly interesting to learn some of the neurotransmitters of love and sex - particularly that dopamine is tied in with desire, while oxytocin promotes attachment.

British voice-over talent James Clamp read the French Lelord's (a psychiatrist in real life, and perhaps the model for psychiatrist Francois in the) book. Clamp's delivery is choppy, but I understand the book is written in short chapters, so that may be fitting. He also pronounces Vayla as "Viola," and it wasn't until I read some other reviews that I knew the latter spelling was incorrect.

© Amanda Pape - 2011
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By D on February 6, 2014
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Fast read with practical advice on finding love. Highly recommended! The book helps those looking for a little perspective on love and significant others through a travel adventure.
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It wasn't as interesting as the first edition "Hector and The Search for Happiness". This book was somewhat pushing it. I felt that the stories in this book were elongated to reach a certain ending that the author wanted to achieve. I am eager to read the third edition though.
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By gracercars on September 17, 2013
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I recommend reading "Hector and the Search for Happiness" first because it gives you a lot of background on Hector, Clara, and the doctor. Overall, this book is amazing and it made me cry too many times. It's written in a quirky, simple format that discusses some serious issues quite well.
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