The Novel

Rutherfurd, Edward

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
From the grand master of the historical novel comes a dazzling epic portrait of Paris that leaps through centuries as it weaves the tales of families whose fates are forever entwined with the City of Lights. The breathtaking multigenerational saga takes listeners on a journey through thousands of years of glorious Parisian history, through intimate and vivid tales of characters both fictional and true, and with the sights, scents, and tastes of Paris come to sumptuous life.
Published: New York : Doubleday, c2013.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0385535309
Branch Call Number: F RUT
Characteristics: x, 809 pages :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.


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Aug 04, 2014
  • mountainmadness rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed Rutherfurd's sweeping multi-generational saga of Paris. He skillfully ties most of the story lines together near the end and we are left longing for more. I did not enjoy his skipping pointlessly through history which caused, for me, a loss of continuity in which character development suffers. In our fast paced reading world I think he should stick to chronological storytelling as in past books. When a historical writer propels you to research more of the depicted history I think he has done his job well. I found myself ordering material on the Belle Epoque, The Terror and the The French Resistance. I look forward to Rutherfurd's next tale and I hope it is not predictable.

Jun 11, 2014
  • talktimereader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Unfortunately not one of Edward Rutherfurd's best. Lacked the action, detail, history and creatively of past novels like two of my favourites Sarum and London.

Strangely left me with the same awed yet unfulfilled and empty feeling I experience each time I visit Paris....

Feb 25, 2014
  • zipread rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Paris --- by Edward Rutherford. Rutherford has crafted a number of block-buster novels, all of them focused on world cities and some of the families who live in the. He explores their lives: their loves and their tragedies. Like “London” the scope of his work is ambitious: from the thirteenth century to post-war France. From Louis XIV to the Terror of the French Revolution to the French resistance of the war. There are nobles and commoners, madams and guillotined. The novel catches your breath. It runs away with you. How will this end? What will become of her? The questions lead you on. This book is not to be taken lightly. It tallies in at over 800 pages. Not the kind of thing you’ll knock off quick on the subway to work.But do not be daunted: you will be rewarded. Rutherford needs a big book to tell his big story. A story well worth pursuing.

Book was too heavy to hold

Nov 07, 2013
  • qubrown rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book required a lot of focus. Two weeks to read 800 pages, settings that shifted back and forth in time, involving multiple families! No sooner had I got familiar with a character then it was time to move forward a number of years. Or back!
Nevertheless, a good read about the historical development of Paris and the people involved.

Boring story line, way too much detail that seemed to have no point and not very interesting generally. I liked the historical information but the characters were not particularly memorable or likeable. I did not finish it....

Oct 21, 2013
  • shadyladynz rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

As much as I enjoy reading Edward Ruthfurd's books, I could just not get "into" this one. I tried, but I found the story quite boring actually. Was quite disappointed as I had been eagerly awaiting this book.

Sep 26, 2013
  • BlueHippo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Disclaimer: I am a HUGE Rutherfud fan! I love sagas like he writes (also alike Ken Follett). Anyway, this book is really wonderful! Characters come alive, historical tidbits are fascinating, and the story moves back and forth in time effortlessly. Besides the historical accuracy, I love how Rutherfud shows how the average person of the times played an important role in the great events we remember today. Yes, we know the kings, the generals, the statesmen, the scientists, authors, artists, builders, and inventors whose words and deeds have changed history. But these are the stories of the common person behind these names we remember. It is a testament to the memory of their contributions that makes these books great.

Aug 19, 2013
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sprawling historical epic with multiple families interconnecting with each other. The timelines jump quite frequently so I was very happy for the family trees in the front of the book. It's a big book with a lot of wandering into history more than than the characters but it was still a great book. I admit to getting a little tired in the home stretch but I still loved seeing the history of these families and how each of them dealt with whatever Paris and history had to throw at them. It was never truly dull.

I waded through this book because I lov e Paris, and was thoroughly taken with Sarum. The format is confusing;not only are there different families but the chapters go back and forth between centuries. I would be enjoying a storyline, but the next chapter would be about a different family centuries earlier. On top of that there were pages of historical data to wade through completely breaking up the continuity. Loved some of the descriptions of the building of the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty and the visits to Pere Lachaise cemetery, but in all, too long, too much descriptive narrative.

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