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“Once upon a time, there was a young psychiatrist called Hector who was not very satisfied with himself....”
Hector is very good at treating patients in need of his help. But he can’t do much for those who are simply dissatisfied with life, and that is beginning to depress him. When a patient tells him he looks in need of a vacation, Hector takes a trip around the world to learn what makes people happy—and sad. As he travels from Paris to China to Africa to the United States, he lists his observations about the people he meets. Is there a secret to happiness, and will Hector find it?
Combining the winsome appeal of The Little Prince with the inspiring philosophy of The Alchemist, Hector’s journey ventures around the globe and into the human soul. Lelord’s writing inspires us to consider life’s great questions. Uplifting, empowering, and optimistic, this is a fable for our times and all time.
©2002 Hector and the Search for Happiness © 2002 Éditions Odile Jacob. English translation © 2010 Gallic Books. All rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. (P)2010 (p) 2010 HighBridge Company
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"Intelligently naïve.” (Marie Claire)
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By Birta Flokadottir on 05-04-15

Wonderful, uplifting, full of wisdom ;-)

Wonderful, uplifting, full of wisdom ;-)
Wonderful, uplifting, full of wisdom ;-)
Wonderful, uplifting, full of wisdom ;-)

Liked it a lot... Really ;-)

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By Alexis on 04-06-15

Simple read

The narrator was clear and wonderful and the story was short and sweet! I would def recommend this book to others!

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