Hector and the Search for Happiness is a short, quirky book about one man’s search for happiness.
Hector is a young psychiatrist who decides to travel around the world finding out what makes people in other countries happy. As he learns about their feelings he makes notes, developing a set of rules which he uses to find happiness within himself.
The writing was very simple, almost child-like and the entire book can be read very quickly.
I think my main problem with this book was that it wasn’t really a novel. It had much more in common with a self-help guide, a type of book that I avoid. Perhaps I’m just lucky enough to already know that the secret of happiness relies on strong relationships and not material wealth, but I felt I gained nothing from reading this book.
I found the lessons to be patronising and there were several points when I wanted to throw this book across the room.
Lesson no. 12: It is harder to be happy in a country run by bad people.
and possibly even more annoying:
Lesson no. 22: Women care more than men about making others happy.
I think this book will appeal to fans of Mitch Albom and self-help guides, but I found it to be overly sentimental.
It seems as though I’m the only one that didn’t enjoy it….
It was very sweet and I think it had a number of good lessons in it. Medieval Bookworm
….has a genuine edge to it, with on-the-button observations about human beings and the way they think and behave. Vulpes Libris
…. it is warm and insightful, and it cleverly avoids the pitfalls of silliness and sentimentality. Fleur Fisher Reads
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