Hector and the Search for Happiness: A Novel (Movie Tie-In)

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Penguin, Aug 31, 2010 - Fiction - 192 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - readingwithtea - LibraryThing

Read this on the plane to and from Germany on a rare weekend away from the Bedfordshire portacabin. I kept waiting for it to be transcendent... and it never was. I get that we are suppose to learn the ... Read full review

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User Review  - knitwit2 - LibraryThing

Hector, a psychiatrist leaves his long term girlfriend to find out if people are happier in other parts of the world or are they just as unhappy everywhere. The book doesn't identify where he is from ... Read full review

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Contents

HECTOR IS DISSATISFIED
HECTOR ENJOYS A GOOD DINNER
HECTOR ISNT IN LOVE
HECTOR LEARNS ANOTHER LESSON
HECTOR CELEBRATES
HECTOR LEARNS ABOUT FAMILY LIFE
HECTOR WITNESSES AN EXPERIMENT
Acknowledgements
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About the author (2010)

François Lelord has had a successful career as a psychiatrist in France, where he was born, and in the United States, where he did his postdoc (UCLA). He is the co-author of a number of bestselling self-help books and has consulted for companies interested in reducing stress for their employees. He was on a trip to Hong Kong, questioning his personal and professional life, when the Hector character popped into his mind, and he wrote Hector and the Search for Happiness not quite knowing what kind of book he was writing. The huge success of Hector, first in France, then in Germany and other countries, led him to spend more time writing and traveling, and at the height of the SARS epidemic he found himself in Vietnam, where he practiced psychiatry for a French NGO whose profits go toward heart surgery for poor Vietnamese children. While in Vietnam he also met his future wife, Phuong; today they live in Thailand.

François Lelord’s series of novels about Hector’s journeys includes Hector and the Search for Happiness, Hector and the Secrets of Love, and Hector and the Search for Lost Time.

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