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17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Seven hundred years of history interwoven with the stories of fi

Seven hundred years of history interwoven with the stories of five families illuminates Paris for a reader much as the first view of la Tour Eiffel at night sparks your imagination.  A herculean task for any author and reader, this book combines actual historical events...
Seven hundred years of history interwoven with the stories of five families illuminates Paris for a reader much as the first view of la Tour Eiffel at night sparks your imagination.  A herculean task for any author and reader, this book combines actual historical events with a nod to their impact on the Paris that exists in this present day.  




Substantial in both information and page count, Rutherford has again created a sweeping book that manages to provide a ‘feel’ of the city and the time as strongly as it informs the reader about the City of Lights.    Having been a fan of Paris for many years, with relatives who live in the city, the areas were familiar, even when the history that was an intrinsic element to the area was not. 




Weaving through time the story never loses that underlying fascination and love for the city that was the centerpiece, backdrop and even breathing character in the stories that explore the history. Adding to the dimensions of understanding and feeling for the city is the detail of the differing perspectives from the characters and families that are used to illustrate the events, providing a contrast and sense of immediate impact that removes it from the annals of the distant past. 




This is my first encounter with this author’s work, and it will not be my last.  I appreciate the fact that the city is in the forefront and becomes a character that will feed your inner travel bug.  As a city Paris does breathe, there is magic in the streets and air: in this book, there is a sense and understanding of her raison d'être and why she is so beloved. 




I received an eBook copy from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

posted by gaele on April 23, 2013

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5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Not the Author`s Besr

Definitely not the author`s best work•would be better if chapters were in chronological order instead of skipping around. But need to include if collector of this author or anyone else who writes a la Miichener.

posted by 6390381 on April 30, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    I have lived in Paris for almost two years now and I was surpris

    I have lived in Paris for almost two years now and I was surprised by how much I learned from this novel. I now have a newfound appreciation for this magnificent city and I am excited to re-discover the city after seeing through the author's eyes. 

    Although it may not be my most favorite book by this author, it was nevertheless a very enjoyable read. I highly recommend it!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Wonderful read

    Having lived in Paris 40 years back, Rutherfurd's imagery of the city makes it even more alive in my memory. Even better it helps you understand the French mind and the politics. Thanks.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2013

    Great, especially if you love Paris!

    So far it's great. Only abou one third into it.

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