- Publisher: Gallic Books
- Format: Paperback | 267 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 24mm | 281g
- Publication date: 17 January 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1906040338
- ISBN 13: 9781906040338
- Sales rank: 33,411
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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By Eleanor Shember 14 Dec 2010
I had always meant to read the first of the Hector books so was very interested to come by Hector and the Secrets of Love; I very much like some other authors from the Gallic Books range.
The story is about the ever questioning psychiatrist Hector who, he feels, is very much in love with long term girlfriend Clara who works for a pharmaceutical company. They are both invited away with some other notable psychiatrists to develop some news lines in medicines to solve ever unfathomable problems with love. As we go on the journey with Hector we are invited to share his musings about love, his clients and the common problems they come to him with. All this is going on as cracks in his relationship with Clara start to surface.
Unsurprisingly, the intentions of the large pharmaceutical company are not altogether genuine and neither is the behaviour of it?s rather austere Director and so we go with Hector on a journey to South East Asia as he tracks down a fleeing, famous, chemist who has cracked the secret of long lasting attraction and love.
Or so we are led to believe.
The book is a strange one. For the most part I enjoyed its gentle simplicity and the way the author snuck in some quite profound thoughts on human relationships and love. There is a sweet naivety about the writing which was very enjoyable. Little things jarred, the strangely dated way Hector talks about the people he meets from different countries and sometimes simplistic plot turns. Overall though, I?ve not forgotten the book and would pass it on for others to read; I?d be interested to hear their opinion.