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From the grand master of the historical novel comes a dazzling, epic portrait of the City of Light Internationally bestselling 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.Learn More
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A New York Times bestseller
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A masterful creation; one of the finest books I've read.
Author Rutherfurd is a genius at blending fictional plots and characters with accurate historical events. He creates a set of French families that you will trace from earliest times into the 1940's. Throughout this ambitious timeline, you will read the history of the world, of France, and, in great and fascinating detail, the history of the great city of Paris.
There is nothing dull or ordinary in his plots, plots that involve murder, conspiracy, prostitution, and spying. Interwoven throughout this fictional maze is a constant examination of Parisian society, from the poorest of the poor to the aristocracy and nobility.
I loved reading about the impressionists and following the career of Gustave Eiffel. The fictional characters will often interact with the historical ones and this makes for delightful and sometimes surprising happenings. I also was grateful to witness the evolution of the French government, from pre-Napoleonic monarchies to the day of Charles de Gaulle.
I've since ordered his other works, "London," "New York," and his two books on Ireland. I breezed through an abbreviated version of London and I have to say, I suspect that the author perfected his format and technique in this, his most recent book, "Paris." I enjoyed every bit of "Paris" and I can't wait for his next project.
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