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3.0 out of 5 stars Has more in common with a self-help guide and is overly sentimental, 12 May 2010
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.
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