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Paris : the novel
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Taking readers on a journey through Parisian history, this sweeping multigenerational saga, filled with romance, danger and rich detail, beautifully illuminates the City of Lights, from its founding under the Romans to the hotbed of cultural activity during the 1920s and 1930s that included Picasso. 150,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

Presents a multigenerational saga detailing the history of Paris, from its founding under the Romans to the hotbed of cultural activity during the 1920s and 1930s. - (Baker & Taylor)

From the grand master of the historical novel comes a dazzling, epic portrait of the City of Light

Internationally bestselling author Edward Rutherfurd has enchanted millions of readers with his sweeping, multigenerational dramas that illuminate the great achievements and travails throughout history. In this breathtaking saga of love, war, art, and intrigue, Rutherfurd has set his sights on the most magnificent city in the world: Paris.

Moving back and forth in time across centuries, the story unfolds through intimate and vivid tales of self-discovery, divided loyalties , passion, and long-kept secrets of characters both fictional and real, all set against the backdrop of the glorious city—from the building of Notre Dame to the dangerous machinations of Cardinal Richlieu; from the glittering court of Versailles to the violence of the French Revolution and the Paris Commune; from the hedonism of the Belle Époque, the heyday of the impressionists, to the tragedy of the First World War; from the 1920s when the writers of the Lost Generation could be found drinking at Les Deux Magots to the Nazi occupation, the heroic efforts of the French Resistance, and the 1968 student revolt.

With his unrivaled blend of impeccable research and narrative verve, Rutherfurd weaves an extraordinary narrative tapestry that captures all the glory of Paris. More richly detailed, more thrilling, and more romantic then anything Rutherfurd has written before, Paris: The Novel wonderfully illuminates hundreds of years in the City of Light and Love and brings the sights, scents, and tastes of Paris to sumptuous life. - (Random House, Inc.)

Author Biography

EDWARD RUTHERFURD is the internationally bestselling author of seven novels, including the New York Times bestsellers New York, London, The Princes of Ireland, and The Rebels of Ireland. - (Random House, Inc.)

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Rutherfurd (London, 1997, and New York, 2009) serves up yet another meaty historical saga centering on a major international city. Since the city in question this time is Paris, the repast is sumptuous indeed. As usual, he sweeps the reader along through the centuries, recounting all the most significant transformative events as the City of Light evolves from its humble origins as a Roman trading post to the cultural epicenter of Western civilization. Utilizing his trademark combination of real-life and fictional characters, he stitches their individual stories and experiences together in order to humanize and personalize the emergence of a mighty metropolis over a period of 2,000 years. As with all great cities, both Paris and its citizens endured their share of setbacks, humiliations, and tragedies, but these necessary growing pains often resulted in substantial rewards. Anyone who has ever visited Paris or desires to do so will definitely want to dig into this movable feast. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Both Paris, the venerable City of Light, and Rutherfurd, the undisputed master of the multigenerational historical saga, shine in this sumptuous urban epic that is sure to be another best-seller for the prolific author. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Table of Contents

Family Tree xii
Chapter One 1875 1(17)
Chapter Two 1883 18(22)
Chapter Three 1261 40(27)
Chapter Four 1885 67(19)
Chapter Five 1887 86(19)
Chapter Six 1307 105(45)
Chapter Seven 1887 150(80)
Chapter Eight 1462 230(21)
Chapter Nine 1897 251(70)
Chapter Ten 1572 321(19)
Chapter Eleven 1604 340(16)
Chapter Twelve 1898 356(16)
Chapter Thirteen 1898 372(56)
Chapter Fourteen 1903 428(4)
Chapter Fifteen 1907 432(11)
Chapter Sixteen 1911 443(11)
Chapter Seventeen 1637 454(46)
Chapter Eighteen 1914 500(11)
Chapter Nineteen 1917 511(19)
Chapter Twenty 1918 530(8)
Chapter Twenty-one 1920 538(7)
Chapter Twenty-two 1924 545(83)
Chapter Twenty-three 1936 628(22)
Chapter Twenty four 1794 650(28)
Chapter Twenty-five 1936 678(15)
Chapter Twenty-six 1940 693(103)
Epilogue 1968 796(11)
Acknowledgments 807

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