Posted by: koolwine | October 12, 2014

Return Trip: France

Sometimes one book per country isn’t enough. Now that I’m on the lookout for international authors, their books jump out at me and I can’t refuse them even if I’ve already covered their territory. I’ve sneaked these books in between my “official” reading. I thought I’d share them with you.

Hector and the Search for Happiness • Le Voyage d’Hector ou la recherché du bonheur

by Françios Lelord • Translated by Lorenza Garcia
Originally published in 2002 by Éditions Odile Jacob, France
My edition: Penguin Books, 2010 • 165 pgs

Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord
Summary: To improve his patients’ well-being and overcome his own dissatisfaction with life, a psychiatrist travels around the world to research happiness.
Genre: Fiction
Time Period: Contemporary
Setting: France, China, Africa, America

Notes: Lelord, a French psychiatrist, created Hector’s character during a time when had doubts about his own career and relationships. Hector’s search struck a chord with readers, and the novel became an international bestseller. Lelord has followed Hector’s first psychological adventure with Hector and the Secrets of Love, Hector and the Passage of Time, and Hector and the Wonders of Friendship.

World Lit Up Rating:book iconbook iconbook iconbook icon
(On a scale of 1-5, with 1 book = turned off and 5 books = lit up)


  1. I read what seems like the non-fiction version of this: The Geography of Bliss in which a NPR reporter travels to happy and unhappy countries, as a reporter, but really also as a person looking for more happiness.


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