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Hector and the Search for Happiness

Fiction: Literary Fiction
Unabridged   3.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/10/2010

Hector and the Search for Happiness

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Audio CD ISBN:9781615731077
Digital Download ISBN:9781615731084


A charming fable about modern life that has touched the hearts of more than two million readers worldwide. Hector’s journey around the world and into the human soul is entertaining, empowering, and smile inducing—as winning in its optimism as it is powerful in its insight and reassuring in its simplicity.

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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.


“Narrator James Clamp’s precise British diction is perfect for the occasionally pedantic text, whose detailed scenes are revealed with often delicious irony and humor. Highly recommended.”
      —Library Journal (starred review)

“Utterly charming . . . Hector and the Search for Happiness turns psychological research into a fast-paced, enchanting story. Lelord himself is a psychiatrist, and his interest in the human mind is infectious. . . . Fans of Eat, Pray, Love and The Elegance of the Hedgehog won’t want to miss this gem of a book.”

“Intelligently naïve.”
        —Marie Claire

Author Bio

FRANÇOIS LELORD is a psychiatrist who has worked in Paris, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City, and at UCLA. Hector and the Search for Happiness is his first novel, and the first in a series that includes Hector and the Search for Love and Hector and the Meaning of Time.

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