The Paris Architect
  • The Paris Architect
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ISBN: 1402294158
EAN13: 9781402294150
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 15, 2014
Pages: 400
Dimensions: 1.34" H x 8.19" L x 5.51" W
Weight: 0.79 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELER

An extraordinary book about a gifted architect who reluctantly begins a secret life of resistance, devising ingenious hiding places for Jews in World War I Paris.

In 1942 Paris, architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money--and maybe get him killed. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won't find it while World War I rages on. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can't resist.

Soon Lucien is hiding more souls and saving lives. But when one of his hideouts fails horribly, and the problem of where to conceal a Jew becomes much more personal, and he can no longer ignore what's at stake.

A beautiful and elegant account of an ordinary man's unexpected and reluctant descent into heroism during the second world war.--Malcolm Gladwell

Book clubs will pore over the questions Charles Belfoure raises about justice, resistance, and just how far we'll go to make things right.

Also by Charles Belfoure:
The Fallen Architect
House of Thieves

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   the book would be a good read for young readers (high school)
While the main characters were well-developed, all women in the book were shallow and one-dimensional -- whether or not they were aristocrats or ladies of the night. I would prefer fewer explicit dialogues and fewer explanations for architectural styles. I feel that most readers would already know these straight forward terms. But then the book would be a good read for young readers. For me, it was a change of pace from the non-fiction I have been reading and I enjoyed it.
 
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   One of three books I really like by this author.
It is great that he incorporates the history of the novel into the time.
 
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   Really good story!
I liked this story really ''. A different perspective of what goes on in France during WW2 and an original story. I love WW2 fiction, but it can become tedious because it is generally speaking from the perspective of a protagonist who is a target of the Reich. This was not the case with this story and was refreshing. It was also written very well. Recommend highly to other fans of WW2 - fiction.
 
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   Excellent !
I love reading and learning really. My four siblings and I grew up reading together. It is the best education in the world. I can honestly say that historical fiction has been so much better than any history class I ever took!
 
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   Do not read this book. It’s one of the worst books I have ever read.
It is a poorly written book, it is completely boring. I don 't like to finish a book and not start it, so I kept reading. This book literally brought me to sleep. I like books that I can not put down. The characters have no personality, no charisma, no likable traits. I did not even like one of them. There are so many wonderful books about the theme that it is a shame to waste one's valuable time reading this drivel. Don 't buy this book, don 't even borrow it from the library.
 
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   Demeaning drivel
This is not a waste of time or money on this drivel. It is a potailer, really sorry that I did not spend much time on it at all.
 
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   Beware of foul language.
It is always such a shame when someone takes a wonderful concept and then ruins it with ignorant and foul language. The author's writing style is immature and ignorant and his failure to express the characters in any meaningful way turns this story into a petty avenue for the author to develop himself as a simple child with no ability to develop his imagination.
 
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   A Rare Read I Couldn't Put Down
A rare read I could not put down - I would give it 10 stars if I could. Rarely do I find a book that pulls me in immediately and becomes a book I read late into the night and any spare time I have. Ovation stands for Standing Ovation in the following year.
 
5
   Fabulous read
This is one of my favorite reads! Can 't believe how educational, entertaining and enjoyable this book is. If you read a book that year..., this should be the one!
 
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   Poorly written
I don 't think I have ever given a book a star, but this one definitely deserved it. The only reason I read it was that I had to finish it for my book club. The premise of the book was interesting, but there were subplots that were not developed and the torture seemed to be just for shock value. I thought the book was written poorly to boot ''.
 
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