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Hector and the Search for Happiness: A NovelNow a major motion picture starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, and Christopher PlummerThe international bestseller with than two million copies soldOnce upon a time there was a young psychiatrist called Hector who was not very satisfied with himself And so he decided to take a trip around the world, and everywhere he went he would try to understand what made people happy or unhappy.Hector travels from Paris to China to Africa to the United States, and along the way he keeps a list of observations about the people he meets Combining the winsome appeal of The Little Princewith the inspiring philosophy of The Alchemist, Hectors journey around the world and into the human soul is entertaining, empowering, and smile inducingas winning in its optimism as it is wise in its simplicity.Franois 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 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 Hector and the Search for Happiness is Franois Lelords first novel, and the first in a series that includes Hector and the Secrets of Love and Hector and the Search for Lost Time. Nouveau Lire [ Hector and the Search for Happiness: A Novel ] par [ Francois Lelord ] Pour Kindle ePUB ou eBook – groundhogwalking.co.uk

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  1. I wasn t really sure what to expect with this book, but it was decent It was a quick read.What I liked It asked some big questions in simple terms Hector was realistic in his thought processes He wasn t entirely likable, but no one is if you see all of their flaws.What I didn t like Very simplistic I know that was the point, but I thought it would be take a in depth look at philosophy That was my hope, at least It also spoke of all his travels as far away lands I m assuming this was so all the places were relate able and so as not to offend any particular country It seemed a little ridiculous in some parts, though You could obviously tell when he was talking about Africa or China Not simply saying it out loud irritated me a little Hector was written to be the every man, but that s a lot to try to fit into just on...

  2. I m not going to lie I decided to read this book because of the movie I have to say that the first quarter of the book is almost the same as the movie Little by little, you start to see the differences in the narrative solutions For me, the scene where Hector is in the store room that smelt of dead rat...

  3. My title just about sums it up I have a feeling that the author was going for some kind of Paulo Coehlo type of tale here simple parable to share Deep Truths, but it just didn t do it for me I found Hector as a character ridiculously annoying At some points he seems really stupid And yet we re supposed to believe that he is an intelligent psychiatrist The writing for children style grated me, as it did other reviewers It s a fast read, but left me with no lasting insights, or indeed much of anything memorable We learn along with Hector that happiness is feeling useful Happiness is caring about the happiness of those you love And over a dozen other lessons But at the end of it, I don t know how Hector grew I didn t see any real growth in him, except to realize that he loved his girlfriend back at home There wasn t any kind of great moment of insight for Hector, and things that I would think would have left him reeling for months especially...

  4. This is written like a fairy tale for grown ups Hector is a young psychiatrist who is concerned that in spite of the advice and pills he administers, he can t seem to make his patients as happy as he wishes He decides to take a trip around the world, taking in China, Africa and the USA, with the aim to understand what makes people happy or unhappy If there s a secret, he s determined to find it.This book has a simple, whimsical format, as if it s a kids story book, and even begins with Once upon a time The hero is written to come across as part shrewd intellectual and part innocent little boy There are frequent asides in parentheses, such as Hector was intelligent but not necessarily smart Without mentioning specific philosophies, nationalities and religions, these are often plain through the context.Hector jots impressions in a notebook He learns that you must be careful when you ask people directly whether or not they re happy, because it often makes men laugh and women cry He meets several people, including a monk in a Chinese monastery, who wonders why so many westerners are interested in his religion when they have so many old and perfectly good religion...

  5. 4 because it s a great way of transmitting a message within a self development book The story itself is engaging and the sarcastic as funny comments make it even delightful to read.The different stories allows the reader to do introspection and learn At the end of the day, it s all about the eyes who are reading it Personally, it g...