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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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    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel C. Stein 09-07-14

    Jersey knitter

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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.


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    Mary ELDREDGE 06-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not the Paris you'd hope for."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who may want to read a little history tossed in with a distracting and poorly written second rate novel.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Edward Rutherfurd again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was OK.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Paris?

    Too much to describe here.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was poorly written. I wouldn't recommend it period! I wanted to learn more history of Paris and there was much included here, but the attempt to turn it into a novel involving inept love stories just didn't cut it. I quit half way through. The side stories were so out of touch with the historical part it was just not good!

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    robert 06-03-14
    robert 06-03-14
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    "Cliche, Superficial, Insult to the real history."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I cannot understand why anyone would think this is good historical fiction. The plot is predictable. The writing cliched and repetitive and the entire book lacking in any real insight or substance.


    Has Paris turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No but to this author.


    Have you listened to any of Jean Gilpin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. But I think he is a good reader.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Paris?

    How about all those silly scenes about not knowing if "he" or "she" loves me. How about the scene where someone purports to know Hemingway is a great writer by how he holds himself or looks. How about pretending to know a person's character by five minutes of observation. etc etc etc.


    Any additional comments?

    There are so many wonderful books of historical fiction that are real, insightful, full of intelligent perspective on life, morals, history, psychology. Sadly, I find this one to be little more than a cartoon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 03-08-14
    Barbara CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A different format than Rutherford's other books"

    Paris goes back and forth in time, instead of the straight timeline of Rutherford's other books. Still, it is a beautiful story. Jean Gilpin read beautifully and performed the voices and accents flawlessly.

    As always I was entranced. Before Paris, I had read most of Rutherford's books, listening was a new experience. An experience I enjoyed so much, I bought another Audible Rutherford book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M WINTER PARK, FL, United States 02-06-14
    M WINTER PARK, FL, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Rutherford's Best Effort"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Too much predictable romance and not enough coherent story. In this one, Rutherford "tells" too much of political and social goings on through a pedantic adults to children in museum visits or verbal arguments between political opposites. Historical fiction should transport you to a time, not tell you about it. That's what textbooks are for.

    I would have appreciated the whole thing more if it had been more linear. It jumped back and forth between generations and was thus, confusing. Not familiar with french names, I found it difficult to follow. Therefore, I didn't have a character to love through most of it. I did connect with Tomas and was sad to see Luc become such a sociopath.


    Has Paris turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will always enjoy historical fiction. This doesn't even put me off Rutherford...he's written too many other good ones.It just didn't measure up to his usual standard.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Most of the performance was good, but the elderly voices were much too shrill. Characters that the author 'doesn't like' were also too much of a caricature. The reader does however, have quite a range.


    Could you see Paris being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Any historical piece lends itself to film, but most of the French actors I know are too old to play most of the parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Not up to Rutherford's usual standard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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