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Paris: The Novel

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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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    marc 08-04-15
    marc 08-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful"

    A captivating story of the city and people of Paris through the centuries. I especially loved Rutherfurd's Belle Epoque depiction. I couldn't stop listening to find out how the next generation of these four families would become intertwined. The characters were so vivid

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    VVigne 08-04-15
    VVigne 08-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Trois!"

    Yes--I listened to this three times over two years, and enjoyed many little tidbits I'd missed while racing towards the narratives evolution. Try it sometime when you've really loved a story--listen again! This is worth an again, especially if you have ever been there, or hope to.

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    Flygirl 06-14-15
    Flygirl 06-14-15
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    "Great read before your trip to France!"
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    A wonderful overview of the history of Paris! It is a challenge to keep track of the characters and the sequence of timing as the book jumps back and forth. It can be done and you are rewarded with a good understanding of Paris. I enjoyed this book and it made my Paris visit more meaningful. The narrator is a delight.

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    Nicole B. 06-03-15
    Nicole B. 06-03-15
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    "Long but good book"

    I enjoyed the story telling around historical facts but is a long book to listen to though.

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    Dr. Chet I. Wyman 05-09-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Another great story of a great city"

    Once again Rutherford delivers. Captivating story that brings Paris alive for all readers. Different style this time as he bounces through history back and forth but pulls it all together seamlessly to create an enchanting and informative understanding of Paris. Up there with his other books!

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    Helene Dubinsky 05-05-15
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    "Not recommended for audio book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    There are too many characters and plot lines recommend this as an audio book. I'm positive I would have enjoyed it much more if I had read it in book format.


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    Patricia 03-11-15
    Patricia 03-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Paris to be better than the print version?

    Audio version is always better than the printed version. It allows you to do other things while "reading" the book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story is very slow at some points, and then can get quite confusing as to how the characters connect. While I am a fan of the author, Edward Rutherfurd, this is not his best work. Having said that, it is a good read and the story was enjoyable.


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

    Jean Gilpin does a wonderful job with all of the characters. She is a great reader and brings life to the story.


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

    France's unsung heros


    Any additional comments?

    Check out Rutherfurd's other books first. This one is good, but not on the top of my list of favorites for his work.

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    Denise McManaman 02-24-15
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    "Very good"

    I enjoyed this book very much, including the historical information. It is well worth listening to and enjoying all the stores

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    Teresa Burrell 02-16-15 Member Since 2011

    Author, Attorney, Advocate

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    "Great Historical Novel"
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    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 02-08-15
    jennifer 02-08-15
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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...

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