Paris: The Novel, by Edward Rutherfurd is a novel of immense historical value.
This reader gained a lot of knowledge throughout the pages, beginning with the 13th century, and the main families that carry forward through the centuries. Each family becomes involved in societal events, including the French Revolution. Each family meets, separates, and meets again, at a future time period.
The families range from skilled workers to aristocrats, and within the familial, lies generations of conflict, from one family to another. These conflicts play out through various periods of time, and are interesting in and of themselves. Anger and hatred play out in surprising ways.
I was fascinated and enthralled with the descriptions regarding the building of the Eiffel Tower and the intricate architectural revelations surrounding it. I reread some of the pages because it was extremely intriguing.
I had no idea of the dynamics and genius behind it. I had no idea that sections were created beforehand, carted to the site, and put together as if they were pieces in a puzzle, fitting perfectly into each other. It was amazing to read about it.
I also had no idea that it became a political issue, causing protests and anger within the Parisian community/communities. Even though the building of it gave many individuals employment, the outcome was not necessarily a grand one, initially.
From family life to goals and accomplishments, I found the historical aspects to be enthralling and filled with accurate and minute details due to Rutherfurd’s penchant for accuracy.
Paris, the city of light, was so much more than that during the late 19th century. It was a city thriving with individuals involved in the arts, sciences, entertainment and magnificent architecture, including Notre Dame. Socialism and politics were heavy topics of conversation, and within each generation, those issues are played out.
The stories of the main characters are fascinating to read, and filled with details beyond imagination. It is almost as if we are there, within the streets of Paris, inhaling all of its magic, exhaling the experiences before us. Edward Rutherfurd is known for his extensive research and documentation, and Paris: The Novel, is no exception in that facet. His brilliance shines through, and his masterful way with words enhances the story line, and illuminates Paris, the city, as no other individual could, through the historical novel aspect.
At over 800 pages, there are too many pages to encapsulate the entire story line. Suffice it to say that I highly recommend Paris: The Novel.