What a huge disappointment! I really missed out. It’s not the book – it’s 100% me.
This is the 3rd Edward Rutherford novel I’ve read and it certainly won’t be the last. He’s a great story teller and I love the concept of his books however PARIS tapped into my biggest book problem: I can’t keep track of that many characters! And unlike the other 2 novels I read: Sarum and New York, because the story is not told in chronological order it just made it impossible for me.
When the time line stayed put I was captivated but after jumping around to different eras, I had already forgotten who was who and what was going on by the time it would come back to the first one. What era was Mary in again? And Max? No clue. Which Monsieur Blanchard was 1600s and which one was 1900s? Search me! I was completely lost and the fact that families keep the same names over the generations was the final nail in coffin.
Reading about The City Of Paris however was terrific. Who doesn’t love Paris? Not only did it bring back lovely vacation memories, but also of other books I’ve read set in Paris:
The story line set in the 1880s regarding the building of the Eiffel Tower and 1889 World Fair reminded me of this book that I highly recommend: Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count by Jill Jonnes.
The story line of a young girl working for the Dauphine in Versailles recalled parts of: Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran and The Sun King: Louis Fourteenth at Versailles by Nancy Mitford
The Paris of Hemmingway in the 20s reminded me of: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
All very interesting.
I hope his future publications go back to epics told in chronological order!!! If I had known how much this would have ruined it for me, I would have chopped it up myself and reorganized it chronologically!!
The next Rutherford book I plan to read is London – looking forward to it whenever it becomes available in Audible.
It’s hard to criticize the content of someone’s personal recollections of what they experienced in harrowing times. It's interesting, I'm interested.
I think these things are important to learn about and remember. In some itsy bitsy way it’s giving meaning to their lives.
The narration of this audiobook however was so poor that sadly it’s about all I am taking away from it. Monotone, staccato, no emotion, unvarying in pitch, no intonation, mechanical… such a shame; it ruined the book for me.
Yet again Sawyer hits ANOTHER home run!
What a great story! I just loved it – glued to the developments and did not want to put it down.
I expected nothing less from this author; terrific!
As you may already know, I like to read books set in places I’ve visited so I was looking forward to this adventure in Copenhagen.
It fell flat for me. What was it? Comedy? Slapstick? A Danish Caper? Thriller-Mystery? I didn’t really get it.
Certain segments were entertaining enough, and some parts did make me laugh, I must admit… but were they supposed to?
Overall, it barely rates above a “meh”.
I hate it when that happens! When a good idea for a tale is ruined by a poorly written story… it’s so annoying!
I was looking forward to a good book and the idea was promising but the execution was a huge let down, packed with clichés and eye rolling coincidences and silly developments; such a shame.
The book was: Insipid. Cliché. Formulaic. Trite. Simple. Flat. Predictable… Pick any one, they all fit.
Jamie gets hurt, Claire performs a bunch of operations, war’s a-brewing, a zillion various calamities… you know: The Usual.
If you love all the characters, you’ll love this latest instalment in the series. I don’t love them all and so I was alternatively interested and bored. To quote myself from Book 7: “I could not care less about William and Ralf and Murray and Lord So and So the Mohawks and the various battles and the impending Revolution with all the planning and plotting.”
I do however like the Roger / Brianna story line, and was INSANELY annoyed by the ending. I won’t say more to avoid a spoiler… suffice it to say I am sure Book 9 is in the works.
The more I read it, the better it got.
I wasn’t sure I‘d enjoy this book based on the way it started: random neural firings written in point form - like reading Twitter or Facebook status updates.
At first, it didn’t seem to flow; it felt jumpy and disjointed… yet the next thing I knew, I was totally into it!
I wonder if you could get as much out of it if you’ve never been to Paris, I think a lot of the fun is to remember yourself in the places she is writing about.
Overall, quite enjoyable… a nice way to spend an afternoon.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is part of pop-culture (I think mostly thanks to the movie and Audrey Hepburn) so that’s why I was curious about the book.
I did not care for Holly one iota which made her story uninteresting; I found her more annoying than anything else.
-mysterious and quirky? NO.
-bratty and self-centered? YES!
Well, now I know. I only persevered because it was short - I haven’t seen the movie, and I don’t plan to after this.
Interesting short story but I prefer his longer books; still, it wasn't bad at all.
This is the ninth Robert J Sawyer book I’ve read and it’s the ninth I have LOVED! LOVED! LOVED!
He is a hit every time! I can’t get enough of the stories and the themes he dreams up; his books are so good they are plan-cancelling good! I love how he makes me think and ponder fascinating scenarios… they are always so engrossing - I just want more!
I read this book in the 80s and thought it was a riot! I have vivid memories of laughing tears.
30 years later it didn’t quite have the same impact, but it was still amusing and I am curious about the future instalments.
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