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
People who want a sweeping, once-over-lightly history in an easy-to-take format
Sarum was much better, much more interesting and historically rich
Great pronunciation switching between English and French words, adept use of multiple voices.
The book was not boring to listen to, just shallow.
This book transported me to Paris, without the cost and the cigarette smoke! I've been humming La Vie en Rose, checking out musette music and looking up the Paris locales on the internet. I'm also wondering what books would be a good follow-up to this and I've had a look at reading lists online.
That being said, I do agree with what some others have said, that the characters were 2 dimensional and it jumped around too much at times. Still, it was a great read and the tidbits you learn about people and places are worth it.
My two cents says don't worry about the time line skipping around. I began to listen full of trepidation because of the reviews that mentioned the moving time line. Because of those reviews, the beginning of the book was stressful for me because I was too worried about keeping track of people and getting lost. However, I discovered that it worked and the stories wove together like a piece of tapestry. Just relax, and let the story unfold and let Paris come to life. The only negative is that you'd better prepare to loose some time to this one as it is very hard to stop. You may find yourself making up excuses that require you to turn the book back on or miss a nights sleep.
I loved this book, and was sad when it ended. It let me revisit Paris (I haven't been able to visit in years). I loved the story lines and the history.
I barely touched the surface. I can't listen to this and follow it...between the stupid accent that I don't need to listen to, and the difficult story line, this is a hard "read" to listen to. I'll have to get the book on my Kindle to enjoy this because I just can take it.
As usual, a book well written. It will take at 2 listens to keep the relationships streight but I will enjoy the second time through as much as the first.
I listened to the book through a purchase on Audible.com and often read along on my Nook. Mr. Rutherfurd occupied me though several sessions of the elliptical machines. British actress Jean Gilpin was a talented reader, fluent enough in French for this American’s ears, though her American voices were an odd mix of lazy and sarcastic. Is that how Europeans think we sound?
Mr. Rutherfurd made the entire story so good that it is impossible for me to pick out once section.
This book has no star because the real star is the city itself--though I will say I like Edith a bit more than the other characters.
Luc was the most memorial character, though an explanation would spoil the novel.
Like a great jigsaw puzzle, Edward Rutherfurd hop scotches back and forth through history, introducing us to families and stories that he neatly ties together in the end. Many reviewers complained that the book did not follow a straight chronology, instead the author introduces his readers to the various aspects of the characters of a handful of fictional families from the thirteenth century to 1968. The only criticism this reader had of past Rutherfurd novels is that a particular storyline can run on too longer and become dull. In Paris, the author keeps your attention to following a theme back and forth through different time periods. Some readers compare Rutherfurd to James Michener, but where Michener reports, Rutherferd weaves a magnificent story through time.
Only one minor criticism of the book comes to mind: Rutherfurd is not a romance writer, and his treatment of the characters in the 1920s become a bit vapid, though perhaps another reader might feel not agree.
At 38 hours of 712 pages, Paris is not an quick read, but take that as a positive, because the length of the novel with allow you to spend many hours in a place and with people you will enjoy.
2nd to New York the Novel and to London both by Rutherford
The scenes wrt WW2 near nead of book
No -- she did a fine job and her Frence is par excellance
Louise, and you know why!
Cant wait three more years for his next -- will it be Rome, Berlin, Vienna, or somewhere more exotic: Los Angeles?
A freelance screenwriter with two feature length screenplays to date and one short...I am also an avid reader.
The narration is wonderful..Jean Gilpin inhabits all of the myriad of characters seamlessly.
I love tiptoeing through the history of the erecting the Eiffel tower through the life of Gascon the ironworker, and Roland the aristocrat and his visits to Moulin Rouge, of course I could go on but that would spoil it for you.
When Gascon is building the Statue of Liberty and his meeting of Monsieur Eiffel.
A wonderfully rich French accent that imparts a lovely flavor.
La Belle Epoque?
I had been a student of the French language since Elementary school and this re-awakened my love of all that is French...Viva la France!
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