Author Q&A. Hector and the Search for Happiness was inspired by your own search for happiness in some measure. Can you explain how the book came to be?. that happiness isn't, and a few things that it just might be. Simon Pegg heads an all-star international cast in “Hector and the Search for Happiness,” a German-. Read Online Hector and the Search for Happiness(A Novel (Movie T pdf. Download and Read Free Online Hector and the Search for Happiness(A Novel .
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Hector and the Search for Happiness. Home · Hector Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness · Read more · The Lost Recipe for Happiness. Read more. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, and Christopher Plummer The international bestseller with more than two million copies. Read PDF. HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS. To save Hector and the Search for Happiness eBook, remember to click the hyperlink beneath and.
Happiness is being with Lesson no. Maybe the book, in its simplicity, is meant to be a reflection of how simple happiness can be. View 2 comments. Sabar pat sabar, kamu harus sabar dan berbahagia, Pat. Is there a secret to happiness, and will Hector find it? In what way does this book interesting?
At first, the child-like style was interesting, but it became increasingly annoying as the psychiatrist gets into some stupid situations, including his cheating with no remorse whatsoever on his lady-who-remained-at-home I picked up this book because I was intrigued by the title, the artwork, and the idea that a psychiatrist might travel to other lands in pursuit of a formula for happiness.
At first, the child-like style was interesting, but it became increasingly annoying as the psychiatrist gets into some stupid situations, including his cheating with no remorse whatsoever on his lady-who-remained-at-home by bedding down other women in the course of his travels and glossing it over by saying they were 'doing what people in love do'.
Throughout the travels, he builds a little list of happiness characteristics, and has a few trusted people look it over Geos included are France, America, Africa, and China. Other than that, I was completely unmoved or inspired by this work.
Maybe I expected too much, but I found it to be a bit disappointing. Apr 03, Amber rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hector is a Psychiatrist who cannot make his patients happy so he decides to go on a pilgrimage to see what makes people happy. Will he be satisfied with the answers he seeks?
Read on and find out for yourself. This was a pretty good read. I saw the film first starring Simon Pegg and it went just like this book which is a good and sad story. Definitely check this book out at your local library and wherever books are sold. View all 3 comments. Ist das die Quintessenz? Das gesamte Buch ist in einem Ton verfasst, der an einen Erwachsenen erinnert, der versucht, Kindern etwas nahe zu bringen.
Idee gut, Umsetzung schlecht. View all 11 comments. Hector was sitting on another airplane, and he was reading a novel he had bought at the airport just before leaving. Curiously enough, it was called Le Voyage d'Hector , and it was about another young psychiatrist with the same name, who took it into his head to wonder what happiness was and went on a long journey to find out.
From time to time, Hector looked at the man next to him, who was also reading. He had a thick book, but Hector noticed that he only read one or two pages at a time, and in Hector was sitting on another airplane, and he was reading a novel he had bought at the airport just before leaving. He had a thick book, but Hector noticed that he only read one or two pages at a time, and in between he took little naps.
And somehow he looked a bit sad. The rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons I loved this book immensely! It was an utterly charming little book. Loved it. Can't wait to read book 2. Combin Description: ONCE upon a time there was a young psychiatrist called Hector who was not very satisfied with himself.
Hector was not very satisfied with himself, even though he looked just like a real psychiatrist: Hector, our eponymous, kind, caring, yet also very tired hero decides to head to China in Tintin's footsteps A quick, simply wrought story that left me in a state of quiet happiness. Film Trailer. In the words of BrokenTune: I couldn't agree more. View 1 comment. This is one of those times I really wished I would have checked out the reviews here first before I picked the book up.
I bought this book on a whim at a used bookstore without really knowing much about it, and being totally honest the adorable cover art really had a lot to do with the purchase.
I had heard some buzz about the book but had not looked into it much and I haven't seen the film and definitely won't now. As many reviewers have stated much more eloquently than I can the "lessons" Hec This is one of those times I really wished I would have checked out the reviews here first before I picked the book up.
As many reviewers have stated much more eloquently than I can the "lessons" Hector supposedly learned are nothing that you can't find elsewhere and they are really overshadowed by the way that Hector both treats and thinks about women, which quite frankly completely undermines any rapport I may have had with the protagonist.
I feel that this makes both the narrative and the character of Hector completely unsympathetic and ruins this book for me, cute cover art or not. View 2 comments. Jan 07, astried rated it it was ok Shelves: Maybe I've became cynical I noticed I can't enjoy those philosophical full-of-meaning yet so straightforward kind of book anymore.
Once upon a time I've loved Coelho's The Alchemist. I found it so profound and it enriched my life to the point of overflowing. Now I cringe each time I read deep-meaningful sentences. I run away from books that were marketed as insightful, life changing, etc. I bought Laskar Pelangi series for my mother and refused to touch it despite her being wax poetic about i Maybe I've became cynical I bought Laskar Pelangi series for my mother and refused to touch it despite her being wax poetic about it.
I'm afraid to re-read Seno's short stories collection that used to be my anchor in life, afraid of ruining what it meant for me. The thing is I suppose all those books are so keen on being sincere and earnest I can't trust it anymore. They practically spelled out their belief on good way of living your life as if me as a reader is incapable of reading between the lines; incapable of learning from something bad as much as from something good.
Perhaps I found that a bit insulting as well. What about being subtle? What about letting me find out what I want to learn from it by myself?
What about crediting me with some brain? I never did like being lectured or reading books with an obvious lesson in it. I read it at a wrong time. I should've read it years ago when I saw it first filling bookstore's and library's shelves in Germany.
When I still liked to read Jostein Gaarder. Not to say that this book is completely bad. The list itself is fairly valid for me. It's just wrapping story that sucks so bad.
You know what, if he had published only the list in coffe table format with some wonderful illustration, I might've enjoyed it more.
As it is, I needed to force myself to read through it just because I'm so near the end and the book is so thin I don't think I can forgive myself to abandon it. Goodbye Hector, don't expect to meet me again. Perhaps I'll continue reading the book on history of marriage which feels so dry yet authorative. Give me some statistic or technical elaboration. Give me acidic words, burnt bridges; I'm swearing off cotton candy for a while. Give me some Greene; Greene is always good; Greene is a nice piece of medium raw steak.
Btw, had I known being a psychiater meant having the capability to talk yourself out of brigand's clutch or to make friends with practically everyone or made yourself being loved by all women you met, I'd have chosen your career long time ago.
Tough luck for me! Hector is a psychiatrist. A successful psychiatrist who enjoys his job and is very good at it. Because he likes people and is interested in them.
But Hector had a concern. Why were so many people who had everything - career success, money, family, friends - not happy. It really worried him. And that was why, when one of his patients told him that he looked tired, he decided to take a holiday.
To travel the world and uncover the answer to the question that caused him so much concern. Where does happ Hector is a psychiatrist. Where does happiness come from? Now this may be sounding a little simplistic. A little child-like even. And in a way it is - Hector's story is written in the style of a children's book. But it works because that perfectly balances an underlying intelligence and a serious theme.
And that particular combination turns this little book into a lovely fable for grown-ups.
And so to Hector's journey. He crisscrossed the globe, meeting an extraordinary array of characters, and getting into - and out of - some very strange situations. His professional skills and his genuine interest in people came in very useful. Those characters and those experiences bring light and shade to the story, and they allow Hector to build up a list of twenty-five important lessons about happiness. Hector is an engaging character and his is a lovely story.
It's the sort of story that I could probably find a hole in if I wanted to, but I don't want to. It's that kind of book! And so to the final question. Does Hector get a happy ending?
Well, that would be telling! But there are sequels, and so the ending of this book is not goodbye for good. I'm looking forward to meeting Hector again one of these days.
I gave up in the middle of the book. I can't take it anymore, I can't take anymore of his pseudo-psychological bullshit which has nothing to do with "happiness" or how to achieve it. This book is degrading women and relationships in every possible way while being extremly racist on the side. I had to stop reading so I don't scream and rip the whole book apart. Apr 04, Amina rated it really liked it.
Making comparisons can spoil your happiness. Happiness often comes when least expected Lesson no. Many people see happiness only in their future Lesson no.
Many people think that happiness comes from having more power or more money Lesson no. Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story Lesson no.
Happiness is a long walk in beautiful, unfamiliar mountains Lesson no. Happiness is being with Lesson no. Happiness is being with the people you love Lesson no. Unhappiness is being separated from the people you love Lesson no. Happiness is doing a job you love Lesson no. Happiness is having a home and a garden of your own Lesson no. Happiness is feeling useful to others. Happiness is to be loved for exactly who you are. Happiness comes when you feel truly alive Lesson no.
Happiness is knowing how to celebrate Lesson no. Happiness is caring about the happiness of those you love Lesson no. Happiness could be the freedom to love more than one woman at the same time Lesson no. 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.
Sign up Login. Remember Me. Forgot your password? Close Login. Forgot Password. Close Reset Password. Processing Please Don't Refresh the Page. Are there any parallels between writing fiction and writing self-help literature, either in terms of your process or the ideas that you're exploring? For me these are different process. Writing nonfiction implies a lot of planning and checking; it's like building a piece of furniture, you have to design it at first, to look for materials in advance.
Writing fiction is for me the opposite, you write everyday in kind of daydreaming state, just trying not to loose your track, in the case of Hector writing about happiness. Hector's list of guiding principles for happiness becomes a sort of road map for him as he travels.
Did you start out writing the book with these principles in hand or did they come to you along the way? I started writing already loaded on the academic literature and philosophy I have happened to read on happiness, my personal experiences, and the ones of my patients. But no planning then, the principles popped up naturally according the situations who came along the trip.
How did the real-life academic research on happiness inform your story? Had you read much of it before you started writing or did you investigate it specifically for this book? No, for that book, but I have read a lot of happiness academic literature for a former book about emotions.
And so the lessons can be read at different levels. I know that some people may miss that kind of fun and ask a little angrily why the lessons are so simple!
But in fact they are a simple formulations of the conclusions of most of the academic research of happiness, and obviously of some philosophers too.
For example "happiness is to have a house and a garden" is a simple truth, a plus in Quality of Life indexes, but a reference to Epicure, too. And later the Professor tells Hector more about real theories of happiness. But one can enjoy Hector's lessons without knowing anything about philosophy and psychology and I am happy about that!
Was this a challenge for you as the author?
Not really, I must be very superficial! Maybe not so, I hope, but at the level of a philosophical tale you don't have to explore systematically all the issues, but just to show them in a way to make the reader think. I didn't invent that genre: Voltaire, Montesquieu, Swift…;.
One of the most intriguing lines in the book is: Because in our Western culture, and maybe specially in the United States, we are supposed to be free beings and so responsible for our own happiness, which at the same time has become a supreme value.