Pre-Release Review: Paris:The Novel by Edward Rutherford

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Title:  Paris: The Novel
Author:  Edward Rutherford
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, AudioBook
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages:  832
ISBN:  978-0385535304
Source:  Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Stars: 5
Release date:  23 April, 2013
Pre-Order Now:  Publisher’s website 

About the Book:

Internationally bestselling author Edward Rutherfurd has enchanted millions of readers with his sweeping, multigenerational dramas that illuminate the great achievements and travails throughout history. In this breathtaking saga of love, war, art, and intrigue, Rutherfurd has set his sights on the most magnificent city in the world: Paris.

Moving back and forth in time across centuries, the story unfolds through intimate and vivid tales of self-discovery, divided loyalties , passion, and long-kept secrets of characters both fictional and real, all set against the backdrop of the glorious city—from the building of Notre Dame to the dangerous machinations of Cardinal Richlieu; from the glittering court of Versailles to the violence of the French Revolution and the Paris Commune; from the hedonism of the Belle Époque, the heyday of the impressionists, to the tragedy of the First World War; from the 1920s when the writers of the Lost Generation could be found drinking at Les Deux Magots to the Nazi occupation, the heroic efforts of the French Resistance, and the 1968 student revolt.

With his unrivaled blend of impeccable research and narrative verve, Rutherfurd weaves an extraordinary narrative tapestry that captures all the glory of Paris. More richly detailed, more thrilling, and more romantic then anything Rutherfurd has written before, Paris: The Novel wonderfully illuminates hundreds of years in the City of Light and Love and brings the sights, scents, and tastes of Paris to sumptuous life.

Book Review:

Seven hundred years of history interwoven with the stories of five families illuminates Paris for a reader much as the first view of la Tour Eiffel at night sparks your imagination. A herculean task for any author and reader, this book combines actual historical events with a nod to their impact on the Paris that exists in this present day.

Substantial in both information and page count, Rutherford has again created a sweeping book that manages to provide a ‘feel’ of the city and the time as strongly as it informs the reader about the City of Lights. Having been a fan of Paris for many years, with relatives who live in the city, the areas were familiar, even when the history that was an intrinsic element to the area was not.

Weaving through time the story never loses that underlying fascination and love for the city that was the centerpiece, backdrop and even breathing character in the stories that explore the history. Adding to the dimensions of understanding and feeling for the city is the detail of the differing perspectives from the characters and families that are used to illustrate the events, providing a contrast and sense of immediate impact that removes it from the annals of the distant past.

This is my first encounter with this author’s work, and it will not be my last. I appreciate the fact that the city is in the forefront and becomes a character that will feed your inner travel bug. As a city Paris does breathe, there is magic in the streets and air: in this book, there is a sense and understanding of her raison d’être and why she is so beloved.

I received an eBook copy from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

 

 

 

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