Paris ~ Edward Rutherfurd

paris.rutherurdInternationally bestselling author Edward Rutherfurd has enchanted millions of readers with his sweeping, multigenerational dramas that illuminate the great achievements and travails of  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.  The novel opens in La Belle Epoque, a golden age of peace and joie de vivre.  Moving back and forth in time across centuries, the story unfolds through intimate and vivid tales of self-discovery, divided loyalty,  passion, and long kept secrets of characters both fictional and real, all set against the backdrop of the glorious city – from the summit of Montmartre to the Gothic towers of Notre Dame to the Grand Boulevards.  We follow four  families through good times and bad, as they come of age, seek their fortunes, and fall in and out of love – from the building of Notre Dame and the waning days of the Knights Templar to the machinations of Cardinal Richelieu and the bloody religious conflict between Catholics and Huguenots; from the glittering court of Versailles to the violence of the French Revolution and the turmoil of the Paris Commune: from the hedonism of the Belle Epoque  and the heyday of the impressionists to the tragedy of the First World War and the 1920s, when the writers of the Lost Generation could be found drinking at Les Deux Magots, from the heroic efforts of the French Resistance to the student revolt of 1968.

More richly detailed, more thrilling and more romantic than anything Rutherfurd has written before, Paris is a tour de force that brings the sights, scents, and tastes of Paris to sumptuous life.  The City of Light and Love awaits you.

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