Taking charge for your own happiness
Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One By Raphaelle Giordano Penguin Random House, $37
This is a “nice” little book — faint praise, but it’s worth a look.
Camille is late 30s, living in Paris — this is a translation — with a nice husband, a son and a good job. But she’s not happy, and she’s bored. Driving home in the rain her tyre bursts and she ends up meeting a man who says he can fix her life. He’s not your usual therapist. He calls her issues ‘acute routinitis’. She is dissatisfied, unmotivated and can’t find meaning in her life.
Claude, her rescuer, prescribes unusual fixes. They include spring cleaning her house, taking a hot air balloon ride, becoming more creative and also allowing yourself to behave like a cat — taking time for yourself.
I’ve always struggled with translations but this one is done well, although there’s not a lot of substance to translate. It’s a light read, and because we never learn much about Camille there’s not a lot to care about.
It’s about taking charge of your own happiness. Just nice.