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Paris: The Novel | [Edward Rutherfurd]

Paris: The Novel

Internationally best-selling 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.
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Publisher's Summary

From the grand master of the historical novel comes a dazzling, epic portrait of the City of Light.

Internationally best-selling 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.

©2013 Edward Rutherfurd (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Teresa Burrell 02-16-15 Member Since 2011

    Author, Attorney, Advocate

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    "Great Historical Novel"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. There were a few places where it was a little too "historical" and not enough novel, but that's just me. I would highly recommend it.

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    jennifer Hayward, CA, United States 02-08-15
    jennifer Hayward, CA, United States 02-08-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book..."

    I really enjoyed the characters in this book...Paris is as beautiful in Edward ' s words as it is in person...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rose White Weston, Florida 01-13-15
    Rose White Weston, Florida 01-13-15 Member Since 2012

    Rose

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    "Exceptional story of Paris"

    Anyone who has visited " The City of Lights" and loves her like I do must read this delightfully novel. It's takes you in a journey of romance, wars, and well fought victories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 01-07-15
    Judith 01-07-15 Member Since 2009

    I'm a self-employed woman who enjoys historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers, political and law fiction, and self-development. I enjoy an intellectual challenge. I'm married for 25 years and have a daughter in college.

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    "Enjoyable , Informative"

    Love Rutherford's method of taking his readers back in time. Much earlier history than most historical fiction, fascinating facts I'd never heard before about history I thought I'd known.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Farquharson BUFORD, GA, US 12-09-14
    Dianne Farquharson BUFORD, GA, US 12-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Everything about the history of Paris"
    Where does Paris rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    up in the best 10


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Paris?

    the story of the Tour Eiffel laborers


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the world war 2 scene when the grandparents realize they have lost a son


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    history of the crossroads of Europe


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail 12-07-14
    Gail 12-07-14
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    "So much easier to follow than Sarum."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Paris to be better than the print version?

    I don't know not having seen the book. I will say having listened to Sarum first prepared me for the layout of this read. I found it much easier to follow than my first experience with Sarum. I should go back to Sarum and see if it's easier to follow now that I get the format. While this book doesn't go back as far as Sarum in terms of centuries, it was a bit more appealing in the fictional aspect rather than historical aspect, both tying in quite nicely.


    What other book might you compare Paris to and why?

    Other Rutherford books.


    What about Jean Gilpin’s performance did you like?

    Very much!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, not an extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good, long read if you are into those things. Great if you have a long drive/trip or a project like painting your house. It all ties up nicely at the end. Lots and lots of historical reference blended in a very clever human interest way

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    Tony Ottawa, ON, Canada 11-09-14
    Tony Ottawa, ON, Canada 11-09-14 Member Since 2013

    I listen to approximately 40 hours of audio books a month. I love audio books.

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    "Surprisingly Boring!"

    I've very much enjoyed most of E. Rutherfurd other books so was deeply disappointed to find myself listening to this one on 1.5x just to get through. I think it was a combination of skipping past the early Roman times and traveling back and forth through time that kept me off balance and disinterested in the cast of characters. But I have friends who've very much enjoyed this book so maybe it's just me.

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    Kathy Chippewa Falls, WI, United States 09-08-14
    Kathy Chippewa Falls, WI, United States 09-08-14 Member Since 2013

    This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!

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    "History made easier."
    Would you listen to Paris again? Why?

    I think I would read the tangible book so I can get the names again of places in Paris and I'd like to have a map of the time to go along with it. I got a bit lost not knowing Paris so well and the once suburbs/villages that are now incorporated into the city. Who knew there were so many parks and it seems like every large building is a Palais.Like other listeners, I too had trouble with the back and forth of time periods..it's clever but difficult when listening (and driving) to understand where and how it all connects. Once or twice might be interesting, but not more than that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Actually, there wasn't a favorite, each had their own path and followed it but it was great that towards the end of their lives or at a significant moment, they realised a slightly different path and took it, usually for the good. Only one character-Thomas Gascon travels his path which seems the straightest, simplest course, pure truth. I don't mean saintly, just one of those characters in books and life who has a clear understanding of who they really are.


    Which character – as performed by Jean Gilpin – was your favorite?

    All characters were performed well, no one more than the other.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I thought the time of the Resistance Movement was particularly well done as was the Jacobin/Communard explanations. To me they are not well done in history classes and this book gave a much more thorough understanding of the groups, their philosopy and destiny.


    Any additional comments?

    Having read and listened to many of Edward Rutherfurd's books and enjoying them all, I found this one a bit more difficult to keep up with, although when I had the chance to stay with it, I found it great. I did go and look up places mentioned in the book to understand and "study" them more. Historical fiction-if good- is the way I understand history best.

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    Laurel C. Stein 09-07-14

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    "soap opera"
    What would have made Paris better?

    More focused story line


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this author


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Annoying voice


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that comes to mind


    Any additional comments?

    Rambling soap opera that reads like a television mini series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martha 08-06-14
    Martha 08-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, oddly read."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Paris to be better than the print version?

    I like the French pronunciations, but see comment below.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader reads every sentence as if a dramatic scene about to climax. Gets old.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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