Sunday, January 22, 2012
Review: Hector and the Search for Happiness: A Novel
Hector and the Search for Happiness: A Novel by François Lelord
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
cozy, simple, friendly
Hector travels around the globe pondering happiness and what it means to each person he meets. An interesting story, and people love to open up to Hector, who like his author is a Psychiatrist. Hector carries his journal and makes little notes on happiness after each conversation. One observation is tha, "Happiness is a certain way of seeing things."
Hector acknowledges that those he treats who seem most unhappy have good jobs and no major problems. Hector's friend Eduard believes that making sixmillion dollars will mean happiness, but while he has work and money, he is extremely unhappy. Whereas in contrast, the poor shoeless children in the foreign countries Hector visits smile and seem happy.
A parable that seems to have some bits of truth to it, a much less complex version of Eat Pray Love.
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