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“This is a huge and sweeping, fantastic book. What a great way to learn about the history of such a storied place as Paris! We follow families through the ages as they go about their lives dealing with all the social issues of the day. I appreciated the 'lessons' incorporated into the dialogue as...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I just couldn't finish this. As I'm reading it all I can think of is, how long will it take to finish this. Although there's quite a bit of snappy dialogue, the general writing style is simply insulting to the adult reader. Rutherford strives to educate by interjecting explanations and...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I have devoured this book, reading through the1342 pages of the large text version which was all I could get at the library in just a few days. It is so readable, even with its huge cast of characters spanning from 1307 to 1968 in non chronological chapters. The story drives you inexorably forward. Wonderful,sweeping historical fiction. Paris explained beautifully. ”Sherry A wrote this review Tuesday, October 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“There were a few interesting segments I enjoyed - such as "building the Eiffel Tower".
“"Audio" Not sure I can finish this, it is a bit tedious. ”K.Albertson wrote this review Saturday, October 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I just couldn't finish this. As I'm reading it all I can think of is, how long will it take to finish this. Although there's quite a bit of snappy dialogue, the general writing style is simply insulting to the adult reader. Rutherford strives to educate by interjecting explanations and descriptions of historical events in the most artless manner possible. There is no rhythm to his writing and the plots plod along unmercifully.”i like boox wrote this review Sunday, September 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My wife and I are big fans of Edward Rutherfurd, and we had high expectations for this book (I'll admit to getting absurdly excited when I heard that it covered the Paris Commune, one of my favorite historical events). This is probably my least favorite Rutherfurd book, but that's like saying recent seasons of The Simpsons aren't as good as Golden Age Simpsons - true, but it leaves out the fact that even a past-its-prime Simpsons is still better than 75% of what's on TV. In Rutherfurd's case, Paris is still pretty good and well worth reading, just less so than his other books.
My biggest gripe is with the narrative structure. In Ruthfurd's books generally, he tells the story of a group of families in a given location over a long period of time, which could be hundreds or thousands of years (Sarum, his first book, began at the end of the last ice age and ended in the 1980s). It can be disorienting when you first start reading his books - i.e. suddenly the characters you've grown attached to are dead and you're reading about their grandchildren - but I've grown to like it. Paris is somewhat different - he mostly focuses on the same people for the entire book, telling their story from the 1870s in the wake of the Paris Commune up to the German occupation during World War II, while occasionally jumping back in time to tell a story in their families' pasts. I can't blame him for trying to experiment with his storytelling, but I didn't feel like the chapters jumping back in time really added much. They were interesting to read in and of themselves, but felt like a distraction from the main narrative.
Still, that's a relatively minor gripe with an otherwise great book.”
“Excellent! Great characters!”Melissa Kristine N wrote this review Wednesday, September 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Historical fiction is my favorite genre. Knowing I would actually be in Paris 3 weeks from when I read It made it even more special”Patricia H wrote this review Wednesday, September 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good book and characters...nice blend of the characters into the history of Paris. I felt like I wanted more somehow...maybe more modern history of Paris.”Conan J. Robison wrote this review Saturday, July 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Informative Historical fiction, but 800 pages. Especially fun if you know Paris and can identify the places. Enjoyed reading about Paris history, the Statue of Liberty and all the info about the Eiffel Tower!! The fictional story and characters, and authentic art, artist, writers hold your attention.”Barbara B. Connolly wrote this review Friday, July 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No