Hector and the Secrets of Love: A Novel

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Penguin, May 31, 2011 - Fiction - 288 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - AnigL - LibraryThing

So far, I've read Hector and the Search for Lost Time (a book I found through a serendipitous adventure at the library). I likes that one so I thought I ought to read Lelord's other two books in the series. Read full review

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User Review  - jbalaco - LibraryThing

Hector returns in his second quest for knowledge; this time looking for the secrets of love. I really enjoy the simple storytelling and, especially, the silly situations that Hector finds himself in ... Read full review

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Contents

EPILOGUE
HECTOR GOES TO A MEETING
HECTOR DOES SOME HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY
HECTOR TAKES RISKS
HECTOR HAS A REST
HECTOR ISNT THERE
CLARA IS
CALMS DOWN GUNTHER
WRITES IN THE DARK HECTOR
AND THE RISING SUN HECTOR
IS SCARED HECTOR
IS FLABBERGASTED HECTOR
CONTROLS HIMSELF HECTOR
WINS HECTOR
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About the author (2011)

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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