Paris by Edward Rutherfurd
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...he shows great authority as to what makes Paris exciting, lively, and timeless in its appeal.
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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.

Praise for Paris

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

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

“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

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

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

About Edward Rutherfurd

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Edward Rutherfurd was born in Salisbury, England, and educated at Cambridge University. His first novel, Sarum, was an instant international bestseller. His subsequent novels-Russka and London-were also highly acclaimed bestsellers here and abroad.From the Paperback edition.
Published April 23, 2013 by Ballantine Books. 830 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

on May 27 2013

...he shows great authority as to what makes Paris exciting, lively, and timeless in its appeal.

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WSJ online

Reviewed by The Editors on Mar 10 2012

...a pair of early photographs in 'Paris: Portrait of a City'...capture what once was: Beside the stylish passersby on the bridge rolls a horse-drawn wagon, comically piled 20 feet high with sod or hay.

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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Michel Basilieres on Jul 26 2013

Rutherford does a very good job of integrating the geography as well as the history of the city in the story that he weaves. And if his plot is not original or surprising in any way, it does push forward easily and clearly.

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