Paris: The Novel by Edward RutherfurdParis: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd

Paris: The Novel

byEdward Rutherfurd

Paperback | April 1, 2014

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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. 
   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.
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.
Title:Paris: The NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:832 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 1.4 inPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385676212

ISBN - 13:9780385676212

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this book a lot! I enjoyed all of the connections between the characters throughout the different times. The story does jump back and forth through time with different generations with the same first name, so it can be a bit difficult to remember which generation you are reading about if you put the book down for a while. However, it is still a great read. The detail and research that is in this book is fascinating, and the author does a great job at creating believable fictional characters a historical Paris.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Capsule of a Great City It may be a large capsule - his books usually are - but there is a lot of history to get into the book. I enjoyed being able to follow a few families through the history of the city. It makes for an easy way to read up on the past in a novel form. I have also just finished reading New York and look forward to reading his other books.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read Lots of info and detail and various time periods keeps you on your toes if you want to finish reading it.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from meh too wordy and the time period jumps made it difficult to follow
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I have to admit this is the longest book I have ever read (in terms of number of pages), however the author kept me engaged throughout the whole book. For me it was a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from lovely this book jumps around in time and with different storylines but it is a great read! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Confusing, but capitvating The author jumped around quite a lot, randomly moving centuries into the past or future with no apparent pattern. The characters had similar names as they were all interconnected in some way. However, the stories were wonderfully written and the characters well-developed, even though very few were given much time. If one has no trouble following intricate, jumbled story lines, this is the book for them.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it great reading about the history of Paris
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Another great novel by Rutherford. Great way to look at history.
Date published: 2017-01-14
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 2 out of 5 by from great subject, badly written I love the city, and bought the book just after a recent trip. The characters were good, the plots well thought out, but the writing was terrible. The conversations by the characters were not in keeping with their characters education, circumstances or personalities. I found myself totally distracted by the writing rather than the story.
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I overheard someone talking about the book while in chemotherapy and it sounded good. My daughters bought it for me for mother's day without knowing that I wanted to buy it. They bought it for the title because I love Paris. Well needless to say I loved it. The family tree is very useful, otherwise it could get confusing. A must read!
Date published: 2014-08-13
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 5 out of 5 by from Rutherfurd's Paris Read this soon after returning from a week in Paris. Wish I had read it before and will definitely re-read before my next trip to Paris. This is a delicious book from beginning to end, full of history and such well-developed characters. Felt like I knew them all personally by the end of the novel. Had the Paris map in front of me as I was reading so I could orient myself.
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Paris Thorough loved the book, but found it helpful to print the family tree to refer back to. Am now on New York and so farm enjoying it also
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-So I bought this book because I loved his novel New York. It was well written but I found Paris was hard to read and focus on the plot(s). It would go backwards in time in a few spots which I thought broke the stream of events in the current time. I'm looking forward to reading London and Russia - hopefully they will be as good as New York.
Date published: 2014-06-17
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 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 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 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 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 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

Editorial Reviews

Longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

"Rutherfurd has done a fine job of capturing the spirit of the City of Light. . . . The true protagonist is the city of Paris itself. Here, Rutherfurd shines. His Paris is by turns mercurial and frusterating, dangerous and welcoming, romantic and seedy, or all of these things at once."
--Winnipeg Free Press