Hector and the Search for Happiness

Hector and the Search for Happiness

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Book - 2010
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Now a major motion picture starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, and Christopher Plummer

The international bestseller with more than two million copies sold

"Once 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 Prince with the inspiring philosophy of The Alchemist , Hector's journey around the world and into the human soul is entertaining, empowering, and smile-inducing--as winning in its optimism as it is wise in its simplicity.
Publisher: New York, NY: Penguin Group USA; 2010.
ISBN: 9780143118398
0143118390
Branch Call Number: FICTION LELORD
Characteristics: 165 [13] p.: 18 cm.

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VaughanPLKarenL Jul 21, 2017

I really liked the movie and fervently hoped I would love the novel also, but it just didn't live up to expectations. It's written in a way that imitates fairy tale structures, and I suppose the ambiguous morality falls within line, but I have to say that the overall structure falls short: all the characters are caricatures and feel flat, failing to develop throughout the entire novel. (In a way, I think this even of Hector.) In particular, I was disappointed by Clara's practical non-existence (or rather, her lack of agency in this), though I realize this is a Hector-centric story, as compared with the movie. The writing makes this less compelling, and I could not immerse myself in what was going on at any given time.

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h19835195
Mar 26, 2017

What seems like a very simple, short and sweet story, has a lot of hidden depths. I loved this, and it made me stop and think about life, which is always a good thing in our fast-paced world. Looking forward to reading the next book.

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jasonhall
Mar 23, 2017

Does the library plan to get the original French-language version?

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stacyhiggins500
Jun 15, 2015

It was a cute book. Easy to read. Had those life lessons that you always need to hear over and over, but presented in an entertaining way.
One disclaimer. I watched the movie after I read the book and was utterly disappointed, bad adaption for what could have been great. If I had not read the book first, I probably would have enjoyed it.

Bierlingen Dec 26, 2014

Enjoyed travelling with Hector in his pursuit of happiness. A simple read, the literary implement of understating the obvious respected the reader's intelligence. Delightful. Looking forward to Hector's other pursuits.

mmg2681 Aug 27, 2013

Even though the writing is simple, it gives the reader alot to reflect on in their own lives. I am looking forward to reading the other books about Hector's pursuits.

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isabelleaube_25
May 28, 2013

Even though I have this book listed under "completed", I really couldn't get past the first few chapters. I just found the narration very condescending.

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Livyloo
Jul 08, 2012

I had to read this book for my freshman orientation book to college last year. While I heard some people say they didn't enjoy it so much, I have to say that I really loved it. It really makes you stop and think about things around you and how and why you do things.
The 2nd book, Hector and the Secrets of Love is also worth the read. Still waiting on the 3rd book to be translated and released here...

Elmo_Stonehands Sep 19, 2011

A surprisingly affecting short book filled with real insights disguised as a naive little work. I took a great deal of pleasure from this easily read book. Although it appears to simply be a charming and undemanding feel-good read, there are depths lurking here if you care to put the time into thinking about it.

If you like it, be sure to read Hector and the Secrets of Love as well...

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redwallflower
Oct 09, 2010

An interesting read that follows Hector, a psychiatrist, as he searches for the true meaning of happiness. His search takes him around the world where he meets all sorts of people.

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