Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George.  The excerpts shared are from the hardcover version I purchased from Barnes and Noble.

 The Little Paris Bookshop 

Beginning: How on earth could I have let them talk me into it? 

The two generals of number 27 Rue MontagnardMadame Bernard, the owner, and Madame Rosalette, the conciergehad caught Monsieur in a pincer movement between their ground-floor flats.
Page 56:  "Monsieur Perdu felt suddenly and truly alone, like a stupid little rowing boat on the mocking, scornful sea--without a sail, a rudder or a name."

My thoughts:   I love books that feature bookstores (not to mention Paris) in the plot, and will be reading this novel for a book club discussion in early August.

From Goodreads:   "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 only…A 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 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 opened.

After 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 and 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 itself.

Internationally 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 lives.

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