Hector and the search for happiness : a novel by Francois Lelord

By Francois Lelord

Now an immense movie starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, and Christopher Plummer
The foreign bestseller with greater than million copies sold

“Once upon a time there has been a tender psychiatrist known as Hector who was once now not very happy with himself. . . . And so he made up our minds to make a journey all over the world, and all over he went he could attempt to comprehend what made humans satisfied or unhappy.”

Hector travels from Paris to China to Africa to the us, and alongside the way in which he retains a listing of observations concerning the humans he meets. Combining the winsome charm of The Little Prince with the inspiring philosophy of The Alchemist, Hector’s trip worldwide and into the human soul is unique, empowering, and smile-inducing—as profitable in its optimism because it is sensible in its simplicity.

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Hector looked up and saw the prettiest Chinese girl he’d ever seen in his life smiling at him. Hector was quite bowled over, but managed to explain that he was taking notes in order to understand what made people happy or unhappy. The pretty Chinese girl gave a charming little laugh and Hector realised that she thought he was joking. So he began to explain a bit more about why he was taking notes and she stopped laughing and gave him a funny look, but even the funny look she gave him was charming, if you see what I mean.

That was why her sisters, who had never been to school, could only get jobs in Charles’s factories. And that was when Ying Li stopped talking, because she realised that now she was going to talk about herself, about why she wasn’t a worker like them, and that was rather a delicate subject. 51 H E C TO R F E E LS S A D H was once again on a plane, and he felt sad. Through the window he could see the sea, so far below that it seemed as if the plane wasn’t moving at all. He had taken out his notebook, but he couldn’t think of anything to write.

He was also unhappy because he felt bad when he thought of Clara. Of course she would never know what had happened with Ying Li, but even so he felt bad. On the other hand, if Clara had come with him to China, he would never have met Ying Li. When he was with Clara, Hector always behaved himself, and so he wouldn’t have got up to any mischief with Édouard, and so all this was partly Clara’s fault. After thinking that, he felt slightly less unhappy. But there was more. Hector was also unhappy because he hadn’t understood what was going on at all.

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