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The book is originally written in French and I don't think I'll be qualified to judge whether the quality of writing is good or not because I haven't read the original version. The translation is nice enough and retained some of that 'French' voice at different turns of the book but not on the whole.
The language is quite easy and shouldn't be a problem to non-native English speakers, although at times I find myself wanting the words and the phrases to be more 'challenging'. The point is, the book is light and shouldn't repel people from reading it because it's not some high form of literature.
But that's not why I enjoyed the book I didn't realize I've been unhappy until I read Hector. The main character, Hector, made a few observations about life and happiness and his and other people's perceptions of it in the story that made me in turn question myself on whether I am happy or not. The answer to that question is: no, I am not at this period happy with my life. So, like Hector, I wanted to find happiness. Since he's already in the search for it, I decided to follow him on his journey to see if he managed to find it at the end. The story itself is unimportant although, I have to say, it is very entertaining to read about a Frenchman's journey to various places in the world and trying to learn of its cultures because, in the end, what the book does is make us reflect on our lives and ourselves.
We're not going to be made happy by the story of the book - hence, Hector's story itself does not necessarily bring the happiness in our life - but we can learn and find ways to be happy by reading about him. At least, that's how Hector makes me feel. At the end of the book, I was still unhappy but I feel like I could do better things in my life and try to make myself happier instead of just complaining all the time. It's a book that makes me take a closer look at my life and question myself All in all, it was very clever. The author, Francois Lelord, is a psychiatrist. The character in his book is a psychiatrist.
I feel like I've consulted with a capable, understanding shrink through the pages of this book Hector is hardly original so I wouldn't put it on a pedestal, say that it's changed my life and recommend it to everyone. Reading it is a personal experience, so I think I'll just end this review by saying it was good for me and I'm glad I read it. It might also be good enough for you but it's entirely up to you if you want to try it. Shelves: books-i-gots. I found this book on the clearance shelf at Borders and I'm very glad that I didn't pay full price for it. The book is a simple story about a psychiatrist who travels the world looking for the basis of happiness in different cultures.
The author - a real psychiatrist - comes off as preachy and patronising to the reader, making assumptions that the average person doesn't understand basic terms and situations encountered in the course of Hector's travels. While I admit that some of the lessons of I found this book on the clearance shelf at Borders and I'm very glad that I didn't pay full price for it.
While I admit that some of the lessons of happiness that Hector eventually produces and repeats ad nauseum throughout the book do make sense, the approach is insulting and, at times, offensive. For example, when Hector writes "Lesson no. I didn't find this book particularly enlightening and I wouldn't waste my time reading it again. Shelves: humoresque , adventure-epic , novellas-shorts-collections. The problem, of course, was that women wouldn't agree. I liked this book -- but I still have to acknowledge the movie was slightly better -- the actors and characters were more charming.
View all 8 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The first -- very noticeable -- thing that irked me about the book was the very childlike tone used throughout story. But it put me off instead of drawing me into the story.
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In connection to the childlike language, I found it quite disturbing how naive, childlike, and even how oblivious Hector was. Even in some of the decisions he made, he was childlike. He seemed to have no regard for the feelings of Clara as long as he experienced pleasure with Ying Li and the cousin. Another thing that bothered me was how, throughout the book, it was repeatedly mentioned how it hurt for Hector to look at really beautiful women.
En Famille – Hector Malot (1920s)
Can you not control yourself? And the way he fixated on Ying Li was quite unhealthy, too. He saw her as a damsel in distress and, despite not realizing it right away, he fantasized about being her hero. To use the words of another reviewer Tahira , Hector "fetishized, exoticized or objectified women" too often to go unnoticed by me. I also didn't fail to notice and be bothered by a particular statement in the book.
As Hector sat in the car in a traffic jam, He wondered whether belief in God was a lesson in happiness. No, he couldn't make that a lesson because you don't choose whether to believe in God or not. Because I would beg to differ. Because if to stop believing improves someone's happiness, then let them stop believing. And if one can experience happiness from embracing the existence of this God, then let them believe.
But if this wasn't the intention of the author, please enlighten me.
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I seriously want to understand what the statement was about. I think the author's intentions of explaining happiness to people is admirable. Maybe the book, in its simplicity, is meant to be a reflection of how simple happiness can be. But ultimately, I wasn't too impressed by Hector's list. I was hoping to learn something new from the book but I sadly did not. I guess Hector doesn't get enough time for introspection because of all the sad people he attends to.
Dec 07, Fuka-chan rated it it was amazing. Hector is a psychiatrist, a good one, but he is getting tired from people, who fortunately had no serious illness but still feeling unhappy. Kenapa seorang yang mempunyai segalanya masih tidak merasa bahagia? So, Hector decided that he wanted to find what exactly made someone happy.
In what way does this book interesting? Cara penceritaan yang menarik. Buku ini seolah-olah buku philosophy yang langsung tak membosankan. Bagi aku, Hector adalah seorang individu y this is a really great book. Bagi aku, Hector adalah seorang individu yang observant. Normally people would only brush it off when they saw a group of old lady hanging around, laughing, but not Hector.
He wandered why, and how could they be happy when the group of old lady had nothing, unlike the rich people beside them? This book really got me thinking. It tell us the principle on how to be happy, unlike any other way. This is a very good book. People need to read this. The subtle way of saying how bad a country was, but not at all insulting, the way the book describe things as if it was there. It is very very interesting. I'm so glad I bought it at Big Bad Wolf yesterday.
Sep 17, Julia rated it did not like it Shelves: kind-of-read. I did not like this book for a list of reasons. First of all the babyish writing. At first this childish language was interesting and cute, and then it just starts to get really annoying, obnoxious, and ridiculous. I literally could not stand this style of writing. I'm not 7. Secondly, this man cheats of his girlfriend. He sleeps with other woman and yet its no big deal.
It's not even acknowledged, it just seems like a normal thing. The book was so boring and slow for me that I gave up on page 8 I did not like this book for a list of reasons. The book was so boring and slow for me that I gave up on page Not my type of book. Jun 17, Paula Vince rated it did not like it. 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 This is written like a fairy tale for grown ups.
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This book has a simple, whimsical format, as if it's a kids' story book, and even begins with 'Once upon a time. 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 religions of their own. Toward the end, Hector's findings are summed up by a well-known happiness specialist in 'the country with the most psychiatrists', who tells Hector that during his travels, he managed to discover several of the most popular indicators, and then attempts to them put them together in a formula.
Although it's an easy-to-read companion to all the non-fiction happiness texts out there, I quickly grew tired of Hector's womanising tendency, and the way it's portrayed indulgently as his funny little weakness. He cheats on his long-time partner, Clara, repeatedly during his travels and doesn't stop to consider that his 'if it feels good, do it' habit may bring the opposite of happiness to others as well as himself. That's not the habit of a nice guy. It was written as if he's a little boy who wants to sample different sweets, while he's messing with people's lives.
I think it was trying to be a bit too cute, and came off superficial. Surely those parable-cum-novels have to be really carefully crafted to work. This is just another one with main themes being poked in our faces every minute, and not always tastefully. Sep 15, Jason Pettus rated it it was ok. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally. This slight little French tale, originally published in but just now coming out in the US, has apparently become one of those quirky global hits that has now sold over two million copies, and has spawned a whole series of sequels; essentially an autobiographical tale about the psychiatrist author's mi Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.
Hector and the Search for Happiness
This slight little French tale, originally published in but just now coming out in the US, has apparently become one of those quirky global hits that has now sold over two million copies, and has spawned a whole series of sequels; essentially an autobiographical tale about the psychiatrist author's mid-life crisis, it follows him as he travels around the world on a sabbatical seeking the true keys to happiness, realizing that it essentially boils down to a series of cutesy new-age homilies that sound vaguely like a cross between Buddhism and Joel Osteen, as well as plenty of volunteer work for us privileged white folk in the decrepit failed states of the world that Lelord traveled to on a regular basis during his own vision quest.
But I gotta say, I myself could barely choke my way through even half of this before exasperatingly giving up; not because of its message, which is harmless if not fairly predictable, but rather because Lelord wrote the entire thing as a simplistic children's fairytale , which will no doubt delight your suburban mom when you buy her a copy for Christmas, but will drive most grown-ups quite crazy quite fast.
It's one of those infuriatingly upbeat "it takes a village" titles destined for the point-of-purchase shelf full of shiny cute doodads right next to the cash register, and it unfortunately reads exactly so. Out of 6. What I like the most about this book is how it presents innocence by how it is written no matter how mature and sensitive the topics are. It also made me grateful for what I have and what I don't have. It made me want to DO something.
I am the type to find happiness in other people's happiness so as much as possible, I do what I can to make others happy. At the same time, I am also the kind of person to get anxious over my present life and the future. I tend to always do the mistake of comparing myself, what I don't have and what I cannot do, to others. I feel this pressure to be "successful" like those around me, to be as talented, busy or rich as they are. Reading this book kind of helped in motivating me to do otherwise, explore happiness and view life as a journey and not a race. Hector Grodstooth, an ancient gnome and Ambassador for the faery folk, reintroduces little people fun, adventure and wisdom to our world.
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