Monsieur Perdu felt suddenly and truly alone, like a stupid little boat on the mocking scornful, sea – without a sail, a rudder, or a name”
This book. My God. This book.
Much like the bourbon I have paired it with – it is both heartbreaking and heartwarming; startling and sweet. This is not a book that is meant to be read in a day or left on a beach. It is meant to be enjoyed slowly and pondered after swallowing. The main character, Jean Perdu, owes a bookstore that sits upon a barge on the Seine River in Paris. He has given himself the self proclaimed title of the literary apothecary and prescribes books as we do medicine. Have you been cheated on or been fired from your job? Do you suffer from wanderlust or are you just a dentist who gets off the seeing fear in the eyes of your patients? Either way – Jean Perdu can help! This book is not a sappy story about a man who prescribes books to help those in need; much to the contrary. This book is an urgent love letter to books that is rot with heartbreak, grief, and denial.
Four Rose Single Barrel is absolutely perfect for this book. It is also best enjoyed slowly and pondered after swallowing. To the nose, it can be strong and somewhat spicy but ends with a very long, sweet finish. This bourbon truly will follow your emotions as Jean Perdu leaves his life behind one rash afternoon and travels the rivers of southern France for closure. On his trip, Jean is joined by a word-stumped best selling young author, an unrequited Italian chef and an eccentric literary fanatic. Four Roses Single Barrel ranges around $35 – $45; making it a high quality, affordable choice for both the bourbon novice and ninja.