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Paris: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd
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Paris: The Novel (original 2013; edition 2013)

by Edward Rutherfurd (Author)

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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
From Edward Rutherfurd, the grand master of the historical novel, comes a dazzling epic about the magnificent city of Paris. Moving back and forth in time, the story unfolds through intimate and thrilling tales of self-discovery, divided loyalty, and long-kept secrets. As various characters come of age, seek their fortunes, and fall in and out of love, the novel follows nobles who claim descent from the hero of the celebrated poem The Song of Roland; a humble family that embodies the ideals of the French Revolution; a pair of brothers from the slums behind Montmartre, one of whom works on the Eiffel Tower as the other joins the underworld near the Moulin Rouge; and merchants who lose everything during the reign of Louis XV, rise again in the age of Napoleon, and help establish Paris as the great center of art and culture that it is today. With Rutherfurd’s unrivaled blend of impeccable research and narrative verve, this bold novel brings the sights, scents, and tastes of the City of Light to brilliant life.
Praise for Paris
“A tour de force . . . [Edward Rutherfurd’s] most romantic and richly detailed work of fiction yet.”—Bookreporter
“Fantastic . . . as grand and engrossing as Paris itself.”—Historical Novels Review
“This saga is filled with historical detail and a huge cast of characters, fictional and real, spanning generations and centuries. But Paris, with its art, architecture, culture and couture, is the undisputed main character.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Both Paris, the venerable City of Light, and Rutherfurd, the undisputed master of the multigenerational historical saga, shine in this sumptuous urban epic.”—Booklist
“There is suspense, intrigue and romance around every corner.”—Asbury Park Press.
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Title:Paris: The Novel
Authors:Edward Rutherfurd (Author)
Info:Doubleday (2013), Edition: 1, 832 pages
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The narration sounds familiar to me now, but I can't recall the details, and I hadn't written a review. I will have to listen again.
  TraSea | May 3, 2024 |
Couldn't get through this book. Each chapter was a not only a different cast of characters but also a different time period...he jumps around from the late 1800s to 1200 and back to the 1300s etc. It was much too distracting for me and made it difficult to get to know and care about the characters. ( )
  ellink | Jan 22, 2024 |
ParĂ­s
Edward Rutherfurd
Publicado: 2012 | 745 páginas
Novela Histórico Intriga Romántico

Edward Rutherfurd ha encandilado a millones de lectores con sus fabulosas narraciones sobre generaciones distintas de habitantes de ciudades míticas. En esta ocasión ha escogido la más magnífica de todas: París. París se desarrolla a través de las historias de pasiones, lealtades divididas y secretos guardados durante años de personajes tanto ficticios como reales, con el escenario de esta gloriosa ciudad como fondo. Desde la construcción de Notre Dame a las peligrosas maquinaciones del cardenal Richelieu; de la resplandeciente corte de Versalles a la violencia de la Revolución francesa y las comunas parisinas; del hedonismo de la Belle Époque, cuando el movimiento impresionista alcanza su cénit, a la tragedia que supuso la Primera Guerra Mundial; de los escritores de la Generación Perdida de los años 1920 a los que se podía encontrar bebiendo en Les Deux Magots durante la ocupación nazi; de los luchadores de la Resistencia y de la revuelta estudiantil de mayo de 1968… Una novela que es en realidad un mosaico impresionante, sensual y arrebatador.
  libreriarofer | Sep 6, 2023 |
2.5 stars

Like many of Rutherfurd’s books, this is historical fiction that takes place over centuries, this one in Paris.

I listened to the audio and it was unfortunate it wasn’t in chronological order, like the others by him I’ve read. It was harder to follow as it jumped around. The storyline I found the most interesting was the building of the Eiffel Tower. Next to that, parts of the WWII storyline were good. Otherwise, I kind of got lost in the rest and wasn’t quite sure what was happening. I don’t know if much time was spent on Napoleon or the French Revolution, though they were both mentioned a few times, but if there was a longer storyline around those, I missed them. Being such a long book over many generations (and the back and forth in time didn’t help), it was hard for me to figure out who was who and how they were related. When I thought I had it, he’d flip to another time period and characters, then by the time we came back, I’d have forgotten. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jun 5, 2023 |
This is another of E. Rutherfurd's epic novels of historical fiction. I enjoyed it thoroughly, except that I was a bit puzzled (and slightly annoyed), though, to see that the author decided to forgo his usual format (like in "Russka" and "London", for instance) of chronological order of events, and so the chapters in "Paris" were jumping from 1800s to 1200s, then back and forth again. I couldn't see the value of that. ( )
1 vote Clara53 | Jan 16, 2023 |
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Kögeböhn, LisaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is dedicated to
the memory of my cousin,
Jean Louis Brizard,
pediatrician at the Beaujon Hospital,
the British Hospital, and the American Hospital in Paris
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It was Julius Caesar who had first seen the possibilities of the place where the modest Parisii tribe made their home.
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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
From Edward Rutherfurd, the grand master of the historical novel, comes a dazzling epic about the magnificent city of Paris. Moving back and forth in time, the story unfolds through intimate and thrilling tales of self-discovery, divided loyalty, and long-kept secrets. As various characters come of age, seek their fortunes, and fall in and out of love, the novel follows nobles who claim descent from the hero of the celebrated poem The Song of Roland; a humble family that embodies the ideals of the French Revolution; a pair of brothers from the slums behind Montmartre, one of whom works on the Eiffel Tower as the other joins the underworld near the Moulin Rouge; and merchants who lose everything during the reign of Louis XV, rise again in the age of Napoleon, and help establish Paris as the great center of art and culture that it is today. With Rutherfurd’s unrivaled blend of impeccable research and narrative verve, this bold novel brings the sights, scents, and tastes of the City of Light to brilliant life.
Praise for Paris
“A tour de force . . . [Edward Rutherfurd’s] most romantic and richly detailed work of fiction yet.”—Bookreporter
“Fantastic . . . as grand and engrossing as Paris itself.”—Historical Novels Review
“This saga is filled with historical detail and a huge cast of characters, fictional and real, spanning generations and centuries. But Paris, with its art, architecture, culture and couture, is the undisputed main character.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Both Paris, the venerable City of Light, and Rutherfurd, the undisputed master of the multigenerational historical saga, shine in this sumptuous urban epic.”—Booklist
“There is suspense, intrigue and romance around every corner.”—Asbury Park Press.

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