8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Has more in common with a self-help guide and is overly sentimental,
This review is from: Hector and the Search for Happiness: Hector's Journeys 1 (Paperback)
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 The Five People You Meet in Heaven and self-help guides, but I found it to be overly sentimental.