Hector and the Search for Happiness is a brief fable about a psychiatrist was he travels, searching for happiness. For our December book club choice, our group is tasked with finding a “happy book.” I had never heard of this book (or the movie) but it came up during my internet search.
Hector is a psychiatrist who spends his days treating unhappy people. He was feeling dissatisfied because he felt unable to make his patients happy. During his treatment of a well-known psychic who could no longer see the future, she suggested he needed a vacation. With this encouragement, he decided to take a trip around the world to understand what makes people happy.
During his journey he meets old friends and makes new friends including an elderly monk, a crime boss, another psychiatrist, a business man, a dying woman and even a prostitute. As he spends time with these individuals, he begins to formulate a list of lessons. He has quite a journey to understand happiness and discovers that his lessons help him in his practice, in his relationship and in his own well-being.
I don’t think that I will be recommending this short novel to my book club. I have discovered that I really don’t appreciate the fable style of writing. It was trite and predictable. It did not have enough of a storyline to be a novel yet lacked substance for self help.
If anyone has any suggestions for a happy read, please comment or send me an email. 🙂