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Notre-Dame: A Short History of the Meaning of Cathedrals

by Ken Follett

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Architecture. History. Nonfiction. HTML:??The wonderful cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, one of the greatest achievements of European civilization, was on fire. The sight dazed and disturbed us profoundly. I was on the edge of tears. Something priceless was dying in front of our eyes. The feeling was bewildering, as if the earth was shaking.? ??Ken Follett

??[A] treasure of a book.? ??The New Yorker


In this short, spellbinding book, international bestselling author Ken Follett describes the emotions that gripped him when he learned about the fire that threatened to destroy one of the greatest cathedrals in the world??the Notre-Dame de Paris. Follett then tells the story of the cathedral, from its construction to the role it has played across time and history, and he reveals the influence that the Notre-Dame had upon cathedrals around the world and on the writing of one of Follett's most famous and beloved novels, The Pillars of the Earth.

Ken Follett will donate his proceeds from this book to the charity La Fon
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Loved it. As Paul Harvey said, “Now you know the rest of the story.” ( )
  Tsingy041310 | Oct 27, 2023 |
Scritto per contribuire con il suo ricavato alla ricostruzione della cattedrale è un brevissimo excursus su alcuni aspetti della storia di Notre Dame.
Una lettura semplice e veloce, comunque interessante. ( )
  Raffaella10 | Jan 28, 2023 |
shelved at: 62 : Religious facilities
  mwbooks | Jul 8, 2022 |
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Brevissimo saggio sulla costruzione di Notre-dame, sulla sua influenza sugli scrittori francesi più famosi (soprattutto il romanzo omonimo di Victor Hugo) e sulla triste tragedia del recentissimo incendio.

I guadagni per l'acquisto di questo libello dovrebbero andare totalmente al fondo per la ricostruzione della chiesa, e forse questo è il motivo principale per acquistarlo.

In sé, il testo è molto breve, e per chi ci si approccia da digiuno (o che ha dimenticato molte delle lezioni) di storia dell'arte, ha sicuramente il merito di raccogliere in modo semplice e accattivante le informazioni principali su questa maestosa opera umana.

Per chi non lo approccia da profano, non so quanto aggiunga di davvero interessante.
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The main reason to buy this short essay about Notre-Dame is that the funds should go toward the rebuilding of the cathedral.

Ken Follet, with his engaging style, gives a brief recount of the history that brought to the building such a magnificent creation and its influence on very important writes, such as Victor Hugo, who titled after it one of his best know novels.

However, it may not particularly relevant for those who are already have expertise on the subjects. ( )
  JaqJaq | Jan 7, 2022 |
In this short book Ken Follett describes the emotions that gripped him when he learned about the fire that threatened to destroy one of the greatest cathedrals in the world–the Notre-Dame de Paris. Follett then tells the story of the cathedral, from its construction to the role it has played across time and history, and he reveals the influence that the Notre-Dame had upon cathedrals around the world.
  BLTSbraille | Sep 22, 2021 |
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In de dagen direct na de brand op 15 april 2020) voelde Ken Follett zich genoodzaakt een ode aan de Notre Dame te schrijven. Zoals de ondertitel luidt, Een beknopte geschiedenis van de beroemde kathedraal. Wat er uit zijn pen vloeide was een kleine liefdegeschiedenis over het beroemde gebouw. Bovendien vertelt hij een aantal verhalen die illustreren waarom de Notre Dame belangrijk is voor de wereld en voor hem zelf in het bijzonder…lees verder >
 
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Architecture. History. Nonfiction. HTML:??The wonderful cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, one of the greatest achievements of European civilization, was on fire. The sight dazed and disturbed us profoundly. I was on the edge of tears. Something priceless was dying in front of our eyes. The feeling was bewildering, as if the earth was shaking.? ??Ken Follett

??[A] treasure of a book.? ??The New Yorker


In this short, spellbinding book, international bestselling author Ken Follett describes the emotions that gripped him when he learned about the fire that threatened to destroy one of the greatest cathedrals in the world??the Notre-Dame de Paris. Follett then tells the story of the cathedral, from its construction to the role it has played across time and history, and he reveals the influence that the Notre-Dame had upon cathedrals around the world and on the writing of one of Follett's most famous and beloved novels, The Pillars of the Earth.

Ken Follett will donate his proceeds from this book to the charity La Fon

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