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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.

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“A tour de force....[Edward Rutherfurd’s] most romantic and richly detailed work of fiction yet.” Bookreporter

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“Fantastic...as grand and engrossing as Paris itself.” Historical Novels Review

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“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

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“Both Paris, the venerable City of Light, and Rutherfurd, the undisputed master of the multigenerational historical saga, shine in this sumptuous urban epic.” Booklist

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“There is suspense, intrigue and romance around every corner.” Asbury Park Press

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Edward Rutherfurd is the bestselling author of eight novels, including London, Sarum, The Princes of Ireland, The Rebels of Ireland, and New York.

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Jeffrey Bluhm, April 27, 2015 (view all comments by Jeffrey Bluhm)
This sweeping, Michener-esque epic is an outstanding tale focused on Paris and Parisian culture. It is a work of historical fiction, following various members of six families back and forth from the 1200s through WW II. The family trees in the front of the book are invaluable, as this is an extensive and detailed tome, but despite there being a series of small dramas, rather than a single climax toward which the story builds, the characters are engaging and the stories never feel slow or contrived. The chapters that follow a ironworker constructing the Statue of Liberty, to which we later return when he is helping build the Eiffel Tower, were particular favorites. The struggles and triumphs of multiple generations combine to create a comprehensive picture of how historical and cultural events transpired to influence the growth and evolution of one of the great cities in the world. I read this as a prelude to a visit to Paris later this year, and for 800 pages it engaged my attention and introduced the city in a way that no non-fiction history or travel book could.
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Rachel Coker, March 19, 2015 (view all comments by Rachel Coker)
"Paris" reminds me of the tasting menu at a fancy restaurant where the chef is operating under the misconception that he can do no wrong. Author Edward Rutherfurd serves up some tasty morsels in this epic novel, but he also delivers some rather self-indulgent and incoherent bits along the way. At this restaurant, it would've been better to get the four-course prix fixe than the 12-course tasting menu. The core of the novel, which follows several families living in Paris over the course of a few centuries, is really well done. Great research, interesting characters, beautiful settings, the works! Unfortunately, the novel is also bloated with pedantic passages in which Rutherfurd wants to show off how much he knows about something. I wish his editor had helped to trim this 800-page banquet into a slimmer, more elegant 500-page feast. I read this book over the course of a couple of weeks in which I was first getting ready to travel to Paris and then actually in the city. But what started off as a fun little project soon came to feel like a burdensome homework assignment.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345530769
Subtitle:
The Novel
Author:
Rutherfurd, Edward
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Historical fiction
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
832
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.5 x 1.4 in 1.3931 lb

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Product details 832 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345530769 Reviews:
"Review" by , “A tour de force....[Edward Rutherfurd’s] most romantic and richly detailed work of fiction yet.”
"Review" by , “Fantastic...as grand and engrossing as Paris itself.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “Both Paris, the venerable City of Light, and Rutherfurd, the undisputed master of the multigenerational historical saga, shine in this sumptuous urban epic.”
"Review" by , “There is suspense, intrigue and romance around every corner.”
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