832 pages, 9.5 × 6.3 × 1.74 in
April 23, 2013
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.
“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