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The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
The Paris Architect

Librarianbyday, October 21, 2013

Charles Belfoure's The Paris Architect is an amazing and wonderful historical novel that takes the author's knowledge of architecture (he is an architect) and turns in a beautiful WWII page-turner. The novel is an engaging work with great insights and research lines to Vichy Paris, Nazism, Jewish attempts at survival through the heroism of ordinary citizen and so much more. The details are incredible - the author even indirectly points to the premise of another fabulous book - The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman -- when describing other ingenious places Jews were hidden in WWII. The protagonist Lucien Bernard is a great well rounded character - as are so many of the others in the novel. I am so sad I finished reading the book - and yet so grateful I stumbled across it - I am hoping it gets more positive press - it is one of the best books I have read all year long - and perhaps one of the most creative works as well in that the author ties his knowledge of architecture into the prose without losing the flow of the narrative -- a must read! As someone who had read a lot (non-fiction and fiction) on Vichy France and WWII and the Holocaust - I can promise historical fiction fans will not be let down at all if they read this unique novel.
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