Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hector's Back!

The irresistible second installment in the beloved series that has sold millions of copies worldwide. 
Since his first captivating adventure in Hector and the Search for Happiness, Hector the young French psychiatrist has continued to explore the mysteries of the human soul. Having found that love seems virtually inseparable from happiness, he begins taking notes on this powerful emotion. But unbeknownst to him, Clara, the doctor's beloved, is making her own investigations into love.

As much a love story as a novel about love, Hector and the Secrets of Love is a feel-good life manual wrapped in a globetrotting adventure, told with the blend of a fairy tale's naïve wisdom and a satirist's dry wit that has won Hector fans around the world.

Jackie says:
"Hector, the loveable and ever curious French psychiatrist, is on a new mission.  He has been asked to find a research scientist who has disappeared of his own volition.  He's working on a drug that would help to make love more permanent--a very valuable drug indeed.  But it seems he took a bit of the drug himself and has run off with one of his research assistants.  Hector does find the rather eccentric gentleman, and gets dosed with the drug himself at a time when he and his beloved Clara are not doing so well.  The whole experience, and his travels with the scientist, get him to thinking about love and writing one of his famous lists, this time calling his thoughts 'seedlings' because each is 'a tiny thought, like a seedling that has just sprouted and nobody knows what it will be yet.'  As things go along, he also begins an essay on the components of heartache, since that often comes round with love.  Once again, Hector in the main character in book that has tremendous depth belied by the simplistic and understated writing style of Lelord.  It is a delight to read."

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