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Paris Hardcover – 27 Jun 2013
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So, I thought I would give Paris a go.....For starters I was a little concerned that the story kept jumping back and foward from the 15/1600s to the 1800s working it's way up to the 1950s or so. So many characters distributed over the centuries obviously generation linked but as you were time hoppjng it was difficult to remember who was who..
As with his other works some facinating historic items were included with wonderful detail. But along with all this toooooo much deep historical comment and far too much family history and socio-political indepth narative. Very tedious in places but not skipable.
Sorry Edward not one of your best but I did continue to the end.!!
I found the building of its iconic Eiffel Tower fascinating.
I dropped a star because I found myself too willing to put the book down, it was only my connection with Paris that brought me back.
The "modern" part of the story is generally rather dull with the exception of the story of the building of the Eiffel Tower. The real delights in the book are all in the older historical sections for example the account of the The St. Bartholomew's Day massacre is wonderful.
It's past is lovingly created with interesting characters used to tell the past of Paris. But I feel that the modern day parts as the book comes to an end,fizzles out like a damp squib rarther than the fireworks such a grand old Dame deserves. Perhaps a peaceful end was needed?, after the Nazi occupation. My sentimental soul wanted a romantic end ,Paris being the capital of love ; that's all.
So why only three stars? Well, mostly the quality of the tales he weaves is about the quality of tales I used to make up on the spot for my children: highly contrived, stereotyped, not entirely convincing. But maybe I am being too critical? After all, he clearly intends to create prototypes, or stereotypes, characters who were exemplars of their time and social status.
In summary: this book certainly brings lots of Parisian history home to the reader. And it is an easy if long read, great for a long-distance flight or a post-operative stay in hospital. Expect great popular history, but not exactly great literature. In spite of wavering towards four stars, I think that ultimately, three will suffice.