The Emperor of Paris by CS Richardson

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Within 50 or 60 pages of the slim volume, though, the reader will be swept up, and will read with anxious, bated breath, yearning for that destined moment, that perfect singularity and culmination.
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Like his father before him, Octavio runs the Notre-Dame bakery, and knows the secret recipe for the perfect Parisian baguette. But, also like his father, Octavio has never mastered the art of reading and his only knowledge of the world beyond the bakery door comes from his own imagination. Just a few streets away, Isabeau works out of sight in the basement of the Louvre, trying to forget her disfigured beauty by losing herself in the paintings she restores and the stories she reads. The two might never have met, but for a curious chain of coincidences involving a mysterious traveller, an impoverished painter, a jaded bookseller, and a book of fairytales, lost and found . . .

 

About CS Richardson

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CS RICHARDSON's first novel, The End of the Alphabet, was an international bestseller published in thirteen countries and ten languages. Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (Canada & the Caribbean), it was named on four Best of the Year lists and was adapted for radio drama by BBC Radio 4. Richardson is also an accomplished and award-winning book designer. He lives and works in Toronto.
 
Published January 1, 2009 by Portobello Books Ltd. 242 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Sandra Gulland on Aug 24 2012

If you love finely crafted sentences and spare, elegant prose; if you love charming characters and a tender, affecting story; if you love books and Paris and boulangeries, you will love this novel.

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Below average
Reviewed by ROBERT J. WIERSEMA on Aug 17 2012

Given the vastness of its scale...The Emperor of Paris takes a while before it begins to cohere...

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Good
Reviewed by ROBERT J. WIERSEMA on Aug 17 2012

Within 50 or 60 pages of the slim volume, though, the reader will be swept up, and will read with anxious, bated breath, yearning for that destined moment, that perfect singularity and culmination.

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