As an avid reader, I eagerly awaited the publication of this book. I was excited about the protagonist, Monsieur Perdu, being a book apothecary -- being able to accurately 'diagnose' a need and dispense a book to someone, and what more, owns a floating bookstore. What I especially liked about this story is that Perdu himself is scarred, burdened by a past which he cannot heal himself, in spite of his skill with books. This 'flaw' humanizes him, and after the situation reaches critical mass, he weighs anchor and 'escapes'. As with (reading) books, oftimes, one can find grounding or comfort in them. But like the protagonist, sometimes, we have to heal ourselves by charting a new course and writing our own story.