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Hector and the Secrets of Love [Paperback]

Francois Lelord , Franois Lelord

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Jan. 1 2011 Hector's Journeys
One of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies has employed him to track down their brilliant scientist, Professor Cormorant, who has disappeared abroad with the secret of a modern-day love potion. Leaving behind his troubled relationship with girlfriend Clara, Hector's adventure takes him to the Far East and into the arms of beautiful Vayla, forcing our hero to think deeply about what love really is/means. In his follow-up to the multi-million-selling Hector and the Search for Happiness, acclaimed writer and psychiatrist, Francois Lelord, offers us a new fable filled with thoughtful insights into the very human desire to find and keep love.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A modern day fairytale May 8 2011
By Clare Swindlehurst - Published on Amazon.com
I was first introduced to the intrepid psychiatrist Hector when he embarked on his initial journey in Hector and the Search for Happiness, so when I heard that Hector's journeys were continuing I was keen to see where he went on his next adventure.

In Hector and the Secrets of Love by Francois Lelord Hector is employed by a pharmaceutical company to track down a brilliant scientist Professor Cormorant who has disappeared with the secret recipe for a modern-day love potion.

Hector must leave behind his girlfriend Clara and adventure into the Far East where a dose of the love potion leads him into the arms of the beautiful Vayla.

Once again I found myself enchanted by Lelord's witty fable. I love his style of writing, which has been described as being "intelligently naive"; it's like reading a fairytale while being encouraged to consider the 'grown-up' issues of love, lust and trust.

If you're looking for complete escapism and a wonderful book to while away a Sunday afternoon then treat yourself to a copy of Hector and the Secrets of Love by Francois Lelord.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but not Funny March 1 2011
By Mrs. C. Colbert - Published on Amazon.com
This is the second book about the adventures of Hector, the psychiatrist, following on from Hector and the Search for Happiness which I reviewed here

The style of writing is in the same childlike manner which is so easy and quick to read that I just skipped along the short paragraphs.

Hector travels to Asia to look for his friend, the professor who has disappeared with samples of a drug for falling in love, or for staying in love when we want to. But, before he sets off his girlfriend Clara tells him that they should stop seeing each other for a while so he has to question his own feelings for her and tries to discover the secrets of love along the way.

As in the first book Hector makes notes of his discoveries, some of which include

Love and jealousy go hand in hand
Love is, smiling the moment you see one another

While searching, he meets a young girl who speaks no English, possibly falling in love with her, is used in one of the professor's experiments, makes new friends, meets and then loses the professor.

I like Hector, he is simple, uncomplicated, friendly and intelligent. He easily makes friends with people no matter who they are or where they're from.

But, about half way through I started to get bored with the story, the pace was going a little too slowly for me, and there was quite a lot of information to absorb. I didn't feel that I knew the other characters very well so couldn't really empathise with them or care too much about what happened to them.

This wasn't a page turner, though it did pick up pace gradually as the plot unfolded and I liked the few twists and turns.

Overall, I didn't enjoy it as much as Hector and the Search for Happiness.

At the back of the book there is an excerpt from the next Hector book -- Hector Finds Time -- which is to be published in April 2012.
5.0 out of 5 stars Erudite and intelligent, with gentle humour, and complex and imperfect characters April 11 2014
By mandomar - Published on Amazon.com
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I devoured the 3 Hector books, one after the other, because I found them so refreshing. While the books are written in an easy-to-read and delightfully naive style, they are erudite and intelligent, with gentle humour and complex and imperfect characters. The books are educative, thought-provoking and entertaining all at the same time. I am eagerly awaiting the next Hector instalment.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ,fun educational! March 24 2013
By rakesh chandra - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a psychiatrist ,I like this book because,in very simple terms the author explains some complicated emotional issues.It is easy reading( and the protagonist is a psychiatrist) .It has flow ,is well written and is an easy to read story.The characters are real.It is witty,has thoughtful insights which shed some light on this elusive emotion called LOVE,which almost everyone in this world is looking for but cannot easily find and keep.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hector and the Secrets of Love Feb. 2 2013
By Poppy - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book! It was such a clean, smart fresh read. It was thought provoking and timeless. The writing style was very clever in it's simplicity. I enjoyed the whole series of books

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