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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.
     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.


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Paris
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Paris-The Novel
August 12th, 2014
Very entertaining with lots of insight into the French psyche.
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Paris
May 3rd, 2014
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.
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Intellectual soap - opera
April 12th, 2014
This novel brings the city of Paris to life by giving the reader a personal connection to the best parts of French history.
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Paris-The Novel by Edward Rutherford
April 1st, 2014
Although lengthy, I felt the novel has given me an intimate accord of Parisian life through the 400 years tackeled.
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Fantastic!
February 23rd, 2014
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.
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February 10th, 2014
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.
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Paris the Novel
October 16th, 2013
Enjoyed the book! The German occupation of Paris was well written and the best part of the book for me.
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Edward Rutherfutd - Paris
September 12th, 2013
Very enjoyable read that gives you a feel for Paris and its history
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Edward Rutherfutd - Paris
September 12th, 2013
Very enjoyable read that gives you a feel for Paris and its history
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September 3rd, 2013
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.
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Wow!
August 31st, 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish!
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Paris
July 29th, 2013
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.
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If you love Paris
June 24th, 2013
Read this rich history.
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Paris, in all the years
May 19th, 2013
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.
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