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Hector And The Search For Happiness (2002)

by François Lelord(Favorite Author)
3.85 of 5 Votes: 4
1615731075 (ISBN13: 9781615731077)
HighBridge Company
review 1: Hmmm. I'm not sure about this book. I like the idea, and I like the person who gave it to me (thanks, Lizzie!) but the narrative voice in this book was annoying and a little creepy at times. Hector is a psychiatrist who lives in a wealthy country where people have nice things and good health but many, if not all of his clients are unhappy. Hector starts to wonder what the deal is and what makes someone happy. And he goes on a happiness quest. And carries around a notebook and jots down the "rules" he learns. Which weren't all that bad. But the tone of this book is so off putting. One gets the distinct impression Hector is slow on the uptake, or slightly mentally disabled or something. It's written as if the author was reading this book to a bunch of preschoolers. And... more it got downright creepy when Hector meets a new lady in each of the places he visits and *cough* gets busy. And the author keeps describing it as "the special thing people who are in love do"....barf. First with a Chinese call girl, somebody's sister in Africa, and his sort-of girlfriend back home. And it's always that "special thing people do when they're in love" only Hector isn't in love, he's just kind of creepy for hopping into bed with these chicks he just met. So I kind of liked it for the idea and some of the rules were kind of nice, but the overall tone made it an off putting combination of annoying and slightly creepy.
review 2: This is the story of a psychiatrist, Hector, and his travels around the world to find out what makes people happy or unhappy. During his journey, Hector meets several people and finds himself in interesting situations which enables him to clearly understand the various human emotions. Based on his experiences, Hector puts together a list of several reasons responsible for people’s happiness. This book is a fast read. Will this book make you a happier person by the end of it – that is for you to find out. All I can say is, Francois Lelord exposes the reader to the universal truths of happiness, facts which we may have known all along but as the saying goes, “It’s easier said than done!”.~ Neetha Vuppala (Circulation Staff) less
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Easy read. Insightful thoughts and good illustrations about what makes people happy.
Love the content of the book. Full of inspiring words. Fully recommended
I liked this quirky little book
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