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ISBN13: 9780345530769
ISBN10: 0345530764
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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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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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Rutherfurd, Edward
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Literature-A to Z
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