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Paris: The Novel

by Edward Rutherfurd

Doubleday Canada | April 23, 2013 | Hardcover

Paris: The Novel is rated 4.0526 out of 5 by 19.
From the grand master of the historical novel comes a dazzling epic portrait of Paris that leaps through centuries as it weaves the tales of families whose fates are forever entwined with the City of Lights.
     As he did so brilliantly in London: The Novel and New York: The Novel, Edward Rutherfurd brings to life the most magical city in the world: Paris.
    This breathtaking multigenerational saga takes readers on a journey through thousands of years of glorious Parisian history--from its founding under the Romans to the timeless love story of Abelard and Heloise against the backdrop of the building of Notre Dame; to the martyrdom of Joan of Arc during the Hundred Years War; to the dangerous manipulations of Cardinal Richelieu and the bloody religious conflicts between Catholics and Protestants; to the gilded glories of Versailles; to the horrors of the French Revolution and the conquests of Napoleon; to the beauty and optimism of the belle epoque when Impressionism swept the world; to the hotbed of cultural activity of the 1920s and '30s that included Picasso, Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway, and the writers of the Lost Generation; to the Nazi occupation and the incredible efforts of the French Resistance.
    Even more richly detailed, thrilling, and romantic then anything Rutherfurd has written before, Paris: The Novel illuminates thousands of years in the City of Lights through intimate and vivid tales of characters both fictional and true, and with them, the sights, scents, and tastes of Paris come to sumptuous life.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 832 pages, 9.5 × 6.3 × 1.74 in

Published: April 23, 2013

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385676190

ISBN - 13: 9780385676199

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Paris Disappointed, author jumped from different time periods which became very diffcult to follow and remember details of certain time periods when it shows up again many chapters later, too many characters to follow clearly. Waste of time. I kept reading and waiting for the novel to improve but no such luck. Waste of money too.
Date published: 2015-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Historyand souvenirs The characters are believable. The varius plot lines ar interesting. I learned a lot about the history of Paris and the seting prvided me with the chance to rminisce about sites I'd visited. I'd read it again.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Paris-The Novel Very entertaining with lots of insight into the French psyche.
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Paris 400 year of French history in interestingly crafted story..the space between fiction and fact diminishes as we follow the families through triumph and tragedy.
Date published: 2014-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intellectual soap - opera This novel brings the city of Paris to life by giving the reader a personal connection to the best parts of French history.
Date published: 2014-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Paris-The Novel by Edward Rutherford Although lengthy, I felt the novel has given me an intimate accord of Parisian life through the 400 years tackeled.
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Rutherfurd never disappoints. The tale of Paris through out the ages is told by a clutch of fictional Paris families. Instead of a linear re-hashing of known history and notable figures, this epic is derived from the lives of every-men-women and how they might have perceived the events of their time. Historical figures tend to enter the story as punctuation of significant events, not ever as a focal point. Those accustomed to his writing style will notice a variation in Rutherford's delivery. Instead of delivering the story chronologically, the story jumps around between the centuries, adding an additional layer of craftsmaship to the writing.
Date published: 2014-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic! A very informative overview of last few hundred years of French history ... good background for recent trip to France, especially Lyon and Provence which was the heart of Resistance during WW II.
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Paris Uninspired! Lacks cleverness of London. Characters are not engaging.
Date published: 2013-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Paris the Novel Enjoyed the book! The German occupation of Paris was well written and the best part of the book for me.
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Edward Rutherfutd - Paris Very enjoyable read that gives you a feel for Paris and its history
Date published: 2013-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Edward Rutherfutd - Paris Very enjoyable read that gives you a feel for Paris and its history
Date published: 2013-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Edward Rutherfutd - Paris I really appreciated the fantastic research this author did, but found it a bit confusing with the hopping about of the various characters,I guess I would have enjoyed it more had I been able to read it without many lapses.
Date published: 2013-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish!
Date published: 2013-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Paris by Edward Rutherformd Rutherford has created another sweeping saga of Paris with interconnecting families highlighting the key events of this city. I highly recommend all his books as they are great historical fictton novels.
Date published: 2013-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Paris Like all Rutherford novels, it was an excellent read. To write history and fiction together and keep the reader turning the pages, only a few writers such as Rutherford can maintain such distinction. Thank you for an excellent read.
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you love Paris Read this rich history.
Date published: 2013-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you love Paris you will adore this book ! I love historical novels but most of all I love Paris ! This book was fascinating from start to finish.
Date published: 2013-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Paris, in all the years Like his other books, the city is the star, its people the heart. The only reason I didn't give him another star is the lack of chronological order...we jump back and forth years, leading to confusion at times.
Date published: 2013-05-19

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Paris: The Novel

Paris: The Novel

by Edward Rutherfurd

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 832 pages, 9.5 × 6.3 × 1.74 in

Published: April 23, 2013

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385676190

ISBN - 13: 9780385676199

From the Publisher

From the grand master of the historical novel comes a dazzling epic portrait of Paris that leaps through centuries as it weaves the tales of families whose fates are forever entwined with the City of Lights.
     As he did so brilliantly in London: The Novel and New York: The Novel, Edward Rutherfurd brings to life the most magical city in the world: Paris.
    This breathtaking multigenerational saga takes readers on a journey through thousands of years of glorious Parisian history--from its founding under the Romans to the timeless love story of Abelard and Heloise against the backdrop of the building of Notre Dame; to the martyrdom of Joan of Arc during the Hundred Years War; to the dangerous manipulations of Cardinal Richelieu and the bloody religious conflicts between Catholics and Protestants; to the gilded glories of Versailles; to the horrors of the French Revolution and the conquests of Napoleon; to the beauty and optimism of the belle epoque when Impressionism swept the world; to the hotbed of cultural activity of the 1920s and '30s that included Picasso, Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway, and the writers of the Lost Generation; to the Nazi occupation and the incredible efforts of the French Resistance.
    Even more richly detailed, thrilling, and romantic then anything Rutherfurd has written before, Paris: The Novel illuminates thousands of years in the City of Lights through intimate and vivid tales of characters both fictional and true, and with them, the sights, scents, and tastes of Paris come to sumptuous life.

About the Author

EDWARD RUTHERFURD is the author of seven novels, including the New York Times bestsellers New York, London, The Princes of Ireland, and The Rebels of Ireland.

Editorial Reviews

“Neatly plotted tales that choose a place and weave through its centuries of history are the specialty of this bestselling Cambridge-educated author. . . . Rutherfurd’s prose is so clean and unembellished, the dialogue so fluid and true to the era it’s spoken in that . . . the more you read, the more you want. The characters are memorable. . . . Hemmingway-esque. . . . The book is delightfully filmic.” —Gazette (Montreal)“The amount of information conveyed in the course of this long narrative is impressive and (as far as I can tell) accurate. . . . [Paris] is highly accomplished and almost always absorbing and entertaining. The characters are nicely delineated. . . . One aspect of the novel impressed me mightily: Rutherfurd's skill in keeping so complex a narrative clear and comprehensible. I hope this does not sound patronising: Paris strikes me as popular fiction at its best.” —Sydney Morning Herald“For his eighth novel, Edward Rutherfurd sticks faithfully to his bestselling formula. . . . The individual stories vary in interest, but once again Rutherfurd proves his real knack is with history, in detail and sweeping overviews alike, to give genuinely fascinating re-creations of Parisian life through the ages.” —Daily Mail (UK) “Edward Rutherfurd is known for his sweeping epics that tell the history and growth of great cities through the lives of their citizens.” —StarTribune “Rutherford has crafted several interesting characters. . . . He beautifully invokes the South of Fr
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