The Paris Hours

The Paris Hours

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"One day in the City of Lights. One night in search of lost time. Paris between the wars teems with artists, writers, and musicians, a glittering crucible of genius. But amidst the dazzling creativity of the city's most famous citizens, four regular people are each searching for something they've lost. Camille was the maid of Marcel Proust, and she has a secret: when she was asked to burn her employer's notebooks, she saved one for herself. Now she is desperate to find it before her betrayal is revealed. Souren, an Armenian refugee, performs puppet shows for children that are nothing like the fairy tales they expect. Lovesick artist Guillaume is down on his luck and running from a debt he cannot repay - but when Gertrude Stein walks into his studio, he wonders if this is the day everything could change. And Jean-Paul is a journalist who tells other people's stories, because his own is too painful to tell. When the quartet's paths finally cross in an unforgettable climax, each discovers if they will find what they are looking for. Told over the course of a single day in 1927, The Paris Hours takes four ordinary people whose stories, told together, are as extraordinary as the glorious city they inhabit."--Provided by publisher.
Published: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781250307187
125030718X
Branch Call Number: F GEO
Characteristics: x, 258 pages ;,24 cm

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DBRL_ReginaF May 19, 2020

I loved this book! I want to visit Paris. I want to visit Paris during this era. Alex George has created some magic here.


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genepy
May 04, 2021

A very confusing book in which four short stories are filleted and recombined in order to make a novel. Full of lovable clichés about the Paris of the 20's , it exploits the nostalgic and romantic image of the city of love at the time and inserts violent episodes of WWI and the Armenian genocide. Going all over the place with a disappointing finale.

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elleng
Dec 29, 2020

What an intriguing, clever novel. The author, who is a favorite of mine, intertwines the lives of several characters who all come to a dramatic ending to the novel. At first I was not excited about reading this novel because it said it all happened in a day. That is somewhat deceiving, because there are back stories to each character that spans many years. The ending is left to your imagination, although I would love to see what happened next.

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maipenrai
Nov 07, 2020

I really, really wanted to like this book as Paris is my favorite city in the world. I could not, however, like or bond with the characters. One is a drunkard in debt to loan sharks who is fleeing from his debt. Another lies to the author for whom she has worked for years - both in his medical care and in the requested burning of his notebooks. Are we supposed to feel sorry for these irresponsible and lying people. The worst violator of my sense of justice is a man who has seen the torture and murder of a loved one in front of his face and chooses to traumatize the children of Paris via puppetry. If you have known the pain this young man experienced, you should know better than to inflict pain on innocents. He could have given the children joy. Name dropping does not make a book better - Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Beach, Gertrude Stein, Josephine Baker, Sylvia Beach ( a treasure ) . The person I liked the most in the book was Ms. Baker. Very disappointed. Kristi & Abby Tabby p.s. I listened to this book. The narrator's "French accent" came and went. The name of the jazz club where everyone was to meet seemed to change from what sounded like Le Chat Bleu to Le Chat Blanche - Blue Cat / White Cat.. He should have given up on the fake French and simply used correct English.

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phyllis94941
Oct 21, 2020

What an amazing novel. I couldn't stop reading this, and when I wasn't reading I was thinking about it. The story takes place over one day in Paris, with some flashbacks to explain each of the four main characters' behavior and motivation. The chapters are short, the writing is exquisite, and the entire book is haunting and hypnotic. I was continually impressed at how the author wove actions and characters together so that these strangers nearly bump into each other, but only the reader realizes how they intersect.

The novel takes place in the postwar Paris of 1927, juxtaposing cameos of actual people including Hemingway, Josephine Baker, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Beach (Shakespeare & Company Bookstore), and Marcel Proust with the memorable stories of the main protagonists. I was nearly overwhelmed at how the author cleverly constructed the plot to provide the breathless climax. I actually gasped as I turned the last page.

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brangwinn
May 24, 2020

One day in Paris, right after World War I is experienced by four different Parisians. While I was not able to emotionally connect with any of them, it was fun watching them through the “window” of a book. Making brief appearances are Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker and Sylvia Beach from the bookstore Shakespeare and Company. Geez, I just wished it would have ended on a happier note. You are left in suspense at the end with a knock on the door of a hotel. It is beautifully written and while I often lose interest in books where I can identify with no one, I didn’t lose interest in this one

DBRL_ReginaF May 19, 2020

I loved this book! I want to visit Paris. I want to visit Paris during this era. Alex George has created some magic here.

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