16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A Light-Hearted and Easy Read,
This review is from: Hector and the Search for Happiness: Hector's Journeys 1 (Paperback)
This took me quite a while to get used to the child-like style of writing, and at first I wasn't sure if it was meant for adults or children, but once I'd got further into Hector's story I really, really enjoyed it.
As he travelled round the world from China to the country of MORE (we never actually know the name but would presume it's the USA!) he met many people and as he got to know them and talked to them, he compiled a list of the things that he thought made people happy. I won't list them all here as there's over 20 but I will mention a few :-
Lesson No. 2: Happiness often comes when least expected.
Lesson No. 6: Happiness is a long walk in beautiful, unfamiliar mountains.
Lesson No. 8: Happiness is being with the people you love.
Lesson No. 13: Happiness is feeling useful to others.
This is a lovely simple story told in a way that makes you think about what makes YOU happy. Also, Hector came to realise what really made HIM happy as well, though he didn't know it when he first started his journey.
I thought Hector was a wonderful friendly character who brought out the best in people (probably due to being a psychiatrist), he made me smile more than once, as well as feel sad when we both realised that the beautiful young Chinese woman wasn't just being 'friendly' to him but was just doing her 'job'..... aaahhhh. It was then I also realised that it wasn't a children's book! Not that it was overly graphic or descriptive, some things were left to the imagination.
If you're looking for a light-hearted and easy read then why not give this a try?
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Initial post: 11 May 2010 13:12:28 BDT
Helen of London says:
I think the lessons are the essence of this little book and this is a bit of a spoiler...
In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2010 17:59:19 BDT
Mrs. C. Colbert says:
Helen, are you saying that I shouldn't have listed any of them? I hadn't really thought of them as a spoiler. I was just trying to give a feel of the book. I would be interested to know if anyone else feels the same.
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