Paris

Paris

The Novel

eBook - 2013
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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
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2013
ISBN: 9780385535311
0385535317
Call Number: EBOOK AXIS 360
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360

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An epic portrait of love, war, art, and intrigue of the City of Light’s evolution over eight centuries.


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Margush
Nov 19, 2016

What a great book. I learned so many fascinating things about so many events and people. Beautifully written as well. I know that some people are intimidated by its size, but once you start reading it, you can't put it down.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Aug 17, 2016

I love, love, love this author! In my humble opinion he is THE Master of family saga historical fiction. You feel as though you're there when he describes the City of Light. I eagerly anticipate his next novel! In a world where James Patterson publishes something every month, it's hard to wait for these grand sweeping sagas, but wait I will!

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Cordeliaba
Aug 15, 2016

I consumed this as an audiobook, in preparation for a trip to Paris. Though the book was long, and some of the characters seemed a little ancillary, it provided a great overview of French history through the eyes of different types of people. This provided a great background for my trip to Paris, and made the experience much more meaningful.

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Katalinada
Mar 30, 2015

I loved this book. It is the first I have read from Rutherfurd. I actually enjoyed the wide span of time throughout the novel, and didn't mind the skipping around.

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tinazona
Mar 15, 2015

Very disappointed with this book. Obviously all characters were created and intertwined to fit the "Paris" story. I cannot decide if the author wants this to be a novel with historical facts, or a history lesson with some human stories in it to keep me interested. Didn't work for me at all.

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GLNovak
Dec 22, 2014

I always enjoy a good multifamily multigenerational saga full of history, and so I knew I would enjoy this one. Paris has a reputation around the world for being an exciting city where great things happen, and I think the great things were all here, portrayed as the various characters experienced them. The Eiffel tower is one of the main characters and its construction brought many of the families together. I did get a little confused going back and forth in time periods, and some of the names were muddling for me. All in all, though, the sweep of the story of the city and its rise to international greatness, its romantic and bloody times, its allure for tourists kept me going through all 1000+ pages.

mountainmadness Aug 04, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed Rutherfurd's sweeping multi-generational saga of Paris. He skillfully ties most of the story lines together near the end and we are left longing for more. I did not enjoy his skipping pointlessly through history which caused, for me, a loss of continuity in which character development suffers. In our fast paced reading world I think he should stick to chronological storytelling as in past books. When a historical writer propels you to research more of the depicted history I think he has done his job well. I found myself ordering material on the Belle Epoque, The Terror and the The French Resistance. I look forward to Rutherfurd's next tale and I hope it is not predictable.

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talktimereader
Jun 11, 2014

Unfortunately not one of Edward Rutherfurd's best. Lacked the action, detail, history and creatively of past novels like two of my favourites Sarum and London.

Strangely left me with the same awed yet unfulfilled and empty feeling I experience each time I visit Paris....

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zipread
Feb 25, 2014

Paris --- by Edward Rutherford. Rutherford has crafted a number of block-buster novels, all of them focused on world cities and some of the families who live in the. He explores their lives: their loves and their tragedies. Like “London” the scope of his work is ambitious: from the thirteenth century to post-war France. From Louis XIV to the Terror of the French Revolution to the French resistance of the war. There are nobles and commoners, madams and guillotined. The novel catches your breath. It runs away with you. How will this end? What will become of her? The questions lead you on. This book is not to be taken lightly. It tallies in at over 800 pages. Not the kind of thing you’ll knock off quick on the subway to work.But do not be daunted: you will be rewarded. Rutherford needs a big book to tell his big story. A story well worth pursuing.

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ColinMcKeen
Jan 07, 2014

Book was too heavy to hold

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