Is Paris Burningby Dominique Lapierre, Larry Collins
From the bestselling author of The City of Joy comes the dramatic story of the Allied liberation of Paris. Is Paris Burning? reconstructs the network of fateful eventsthe drama, the fervor, and the triumphthat heralded one of the most dramatic episodes of our time. This bestseller about 1944 Paris is timed to meet the demand for Dominique Lapierre
From the bestselling author of The City of Joy comes the dramatic story of the Allied liberation of Paris. Is Paris Burning? reconstructs the network of fateful eventsthe drama, the fervor, and the triumphthat heralded one of the most dramatic episodes of our time. This bestseller about 1944 Paris is timed to meet the demand for Dominique Lapierre books that will be generated by the March release of his compelling new Warner hardcover, Beyond Love.
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Is Paris Burning is a text for a course on France during World War II at the Senior Citizens Learning Center. I was immersed in this book--before the course even began. It reads like a novel. Jane in Savannah.
this is an excellent book, and it's told in a way that is good for the modern reader: short scenes that come to life. It breathes, takes off like a rocket, never sags, is precise, and dozens of characters are all rendered clearly. editors should study this book to see how it's done. you can hear footfalls on the cobblestones of paris. the copy i have in a few places has sentences that got turned around in the printing. and also, the way the authors write about women is a little dated. the girls are all pretty. one girl pulls her dress over her 'pretty head'. (just before she bikes across Paris with secret codes in her shoe). They were as courageous and risking the same thing as the men. But in a way it's fitting, because in all the movies and stories of the French resistance, the girls are all mega babes. The resistance is apparently where supermodels got work until the war ended.
This book is the best - absolutely the best - that I have ever read in my whole life, and I have been an avid reader for forty-one years. It's the story of the liberation of Paris from the tyranny of the Nazis. The general who had been sent to Paris by Der Fuhrer, Himself, was told to leave the most beautiful city in the world in ashes - and if he disobeyed orders, the Nazis were planning to torture his family. Yet the general, Von Choltitz, disobeyed orders and didn't blow up the capital of France. This story is a tribute to the innate goodness that resides inside of all of us, if only, like the general, we have the guts to let it blossom. There's more, too. There's the Free French and the Resistance and the people of Paris. There's the two gentlemen who vie to be the first to restore the French tricolor flag to the top of the Eiffel Tower once the Nazis were finally fleeing the city. There's the girl on her broken bicycle who is helped by Nazis to get home before the curfew...while unbeknownst to the Nazis, she's a courier for the Resistance with a coded message in that bike. It's a wonderful story. It will change you forever, and for the better. By all means, read it.