Hector and the Search for Happiness

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Large Print - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Hector is an excellent psychiatrist. He's very good at treating patients who are ill, but more and more; his patients are people he can't treat. They have no serious problems -- they're simply deeply dissatisfied with their lives. Hector can't do much for these people, and it's beginning to depress him. So when a patient tells him he looks in need of a holiday, Hector decides to set off on a trip around the world to try to find the key to happiness. Along the way, Hector keeps a list of observations about the people he meets and learns a great deal about what true contentment is all about. His journey into the soul is entertaining, empowering and often funny -- as winning in its optimism as it is powerful in its simplicity.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2010
Edition: Center Point large print ed
Description: 191 p. (large print) ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781602859081
Branch Call Number: LP Lelo


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

VaughanPLKarenL Jul 21, 2017

I really liked the movie and fervently hoped I would love the novel also, but it just didn't live up to expectations. It's written in a way that imitates fairy tale structures, and I suppose the ambiguous morality falls within line, but I have to say that the overall structure falls short: all the characters are caricatures and feel flat, failing to develop throughout the entire novel. (In a way, I think this even of Hector.) In particular, I was disappointed by Clara's practical non-existence (or rather, her lack of agency in this), though I realize this is a Hector-centric story, as compared with the movie. The writing makes this less compelling, and I could not immerse myself in what was going on at any given time.

Mar 26, 2017

What seems like a very simple, short and sweet story, has a lot of hidden depths. I loved this, and it made me stop and think about life, which is always a good thing in our fast-paced world. Looking forward to reading the next book.

Mar 23, 2017

Does the library plan to get the original French-language version?

Jun 15, 2015

It was a cute book. Easy to read. Had those life lessons that you always need to hear over and over, but presented in an entertaining way.
One disclaimer. I watched the movie after I read the book and was utterly disappointed, bad adaption for what could have been great. If I had not read the book first, I probably would have enjoyed it.

Bierlingen Dec 26, 2014

Enjoyed travelling with Hector in his pursuit of happiness. A simple read, the literary implement of understating the obvious respected the reader's intelligence. Delightful. Looking forward to Hector's other pursuits.

mmg2681 Aug 27, 2013

Even though the writing is simple, it gives the reader alot to reflect on in their own lives. I am looking forward to reading the other books about Hector's pursuits.

May 28, 2013

Even though I have this book listed under "completed", I really couldn't get past the first few chapters. I just found the narration very condescending.

Jul 08, 2012

I had to read this book for my freshman orientation book to college last year. While I heard some people say they didn't enjoy it so much, I have to say that I really loved it. It really makes you stop and think about things around you and how and why you do things.
The 2nd book, Hector and the Secrets of Love is also worth the read. Still waiting on the 3rd book to be translated and released here...

Elmo_Stonehands Sep 19, 2011

A surprisingly affecting short book filled with real insights disguised as a naive little work. I took a great deal of pleasure from this easily read book. Although it appears to simply be a charming and undemanding feel-good read, there are depths lurking here if you care to put the time into thinking about it.

If you like it, be sure to read Hector and the Secrets of Love as well...

Oct 09, 2010

An interesting read that follows Hector, a psychiatrist, as he searches for the true meaning of happiness. His search takes him around the world where he meets all sorts of people.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at BPL

To Top