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Hector and the Secrets of Love: A Novel (Hector's Journeys) Paperback – May 31, 2011

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Book 2 of 3 in the Hector's journeys Series

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About 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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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: 5 x 0.7 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Bradley on May 14, 2015
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It's surprising to me how complex and true to life Francois Lelord can delve into in terms of human emotion, while also keeping his main character very simple, naive and charming. It's difficult sometimes to read the things he says, cause they hit me so hard, but then, it's nice cause he gives me time to process and think about what he is saying and sometimes even ends with "Oh dear, love can be so complicated, can't it!" Because sometimes it is too complex to simply explain in one paragraph of one book. So I'm thankful he doesn't try and leaves it up to me the reader to figure it out instead.
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This was more of a break filler book between everything I’ve been reading – I honestly didn’t think I’d get to reading this book, but here we are.
Very similar to the first novel, Hector and the Search for Happiness, the story follows Hector’s story as he searches for the secret to love and the components of love. Love is a very complicated thing so I’m surprised they managed to put it in a book.
This book gives a unique insight to love and notes about love but I wouldn’t take them too much to heart, perhaps use them as references if at all.

Hector is a psychiatrist and has noticed that a lot of his patients come to him about love – how to find it, how to get over it, how to keep it, how to deal with it.
After being invited to a pharmaceutical meeting, he is sent on a journey to find a professor that’s currently studying love and how to bottle it into a drug. He believes love can make people happy, and the company believes this will be something that people will spend money on. But Hector believes that love is more complicated than people can understand, however he is interested in people’s views and perspectives of it.

First, this book is a lovely follow-up and addition to the series, however, I feel like perhaps it lost its lackluster in comparison to the first novel.
There was something magical about it, like someone reading the book to a child for a bedtime story, told in a very innocent tone that was calm and soothing. This book has that same similar tone but just different – not as whimsical as the first novel.
It definitely made a lot of good points that were backed by science (although how accurate the science is, I don’t know since I’m not a science major), but it seemed pretty cohesive to me.
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I liked this second installment of Hector's adventures just as much as the first. I can't pick a favorite yet. The simple, fable style writing really is a great way to explore complex emotions. On top of that, it was a fun story with a lot of surprises.
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Here are three passages to capture what the book meant to me:
“...love, it seemed, was an endless source of suffering.
Seedling no. 1: Perfect love would be never having arguments.
Seedling no. 2: Sometimes we argue most with the people we love the most.”
I’m always surprised at how I’ll vent at Melanie, or even just take out a bad mood, almost testing whether she’ll stick the moment out with me. Invariably, she does so, often more than I do for her.

Mid-way through the book, two pages capture a dynamic I see as related to what Seinfeld called “Night guy” and “Morning guy,” those opposing pulls to what we think we really want:
“...So much for gentle oxytocin, let us now turn to that prize bitch dopamine. Every time we experience a pleasurable feeling, dopamine is released in bursts; it is our brain’s highest reward, and its secretion is stimulated primarily by novelty; it is the hormone of ever more and ever newer experiences. ...The problem is our dopamine receptors then become gradually desensitized, which is why, according to some killjoy authors, passion wanes after eighteen to thirty-six months of living together. At that moment, if nice oxytocin hasn’t taken over and created a strong attachment, dopamine drives us to look elsewhere, like poodles on heat. …
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I read the trilogy out of order. The second book last and the third book second. I liked the third book best of all. Many good observations were made about what love was, however since the hero was allowed two loves in the book one is left with a sense of disappointment. Overall a good story, but the conflicts are not directly reconciled,yet seem to be so by the third book.
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I loved Hector and the Search For Happiness, but this one has been really hard for me to get through. At some points it seems predictable, but then as the story unfolds the reader is left unsure. I'm not exactly sure if it is as long or longer than Hector and the Search for Happiness, but it definitely seems longer. I wanted to read all three books in this series, but I am not sure if I will be able to make it through the third. I would definitely recommend the first though!
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