by Andrew Miller
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Pure 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is nothing boring about Pure, a gripping, sophisticated historical novel about pre-Revolutionary Paris. The ongoing tension between the bones being removed and the heads that we know are about to roll, is gripping. What does action mean--to act? For how long must we think and to what extent can we rationalize our actions? These are the types of questions the book presents. Plus, it's a page turner, indeed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this because of the review in the newspaper. The review was a better read than the book. This is the worst thing I've read voluntarily. There is very little story, and what there is gets more pointless the longer you read.
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cubicleblindnessKM More than 1 year ago
For those that enjoy historical fiction here's a pick for you! I don't read much historical fiction but what got me interested in this particular one is it's set right outside the Palace of Versailles during the time of Louis XVI. I am a fan of the movie Marie Antoinette with Kirsten Dunst and thought that it would be interesting to see what it was like for the people living outside the palace during the same time. While our main character's job is most undesirable, and most likely to fail. He only does some of the dirty work himself. Soon after arriving to clean out the remains of an overflowing cemetery he gets a crew of 30 men to dig. They find many things during their exhumations. Even though Jean-Baptiste is hired for this rather untasteful task, it does consume a year of his life. There is much more to this story than digging up the bodies. The church that lies above, in which the bodies are slowly encroaching and the nearby shopping center. The conflicts as well as intermixing concerns of both, and more! He does find comfort in the arms of Héloise and a friend in Armand. Of course at the heart of the story is that there is revolution brewing. People are upset and want enlightenment. And during this day and age, their lives will literally go up in flames. A melancholy story full of dead bodies, but with love and friendship during one of the hardest years in their lives.
opinionatedinandfromNYC More than 1 year ago
I thought the book terrific, and the problems of the incipient French Revolution are still the problems of today. Life in a grand metropolis is made truly palpable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an "editor's choice" in the New York Times and based on the overview seemed like an interesting read. Unfortunately, it is a total bore, with unimaginative characters and a story line that leads you on, believing that MAYBE something interesting will start to happen (it never does). Save your time and money on this one.