Paris: The NovelParis: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the first settlement on the banks of the Seine to the occupation of World War II, Paris has seen it all over the centuries.  This novel tells the story of several families – some aristocratic, some working class – who have called the city home from the Middle Ages until now.

I’ve read this author’s London book so I was familiar with the general set up of his multi-generational stories.  This story did not take place in strict chronological order so it was a bit more confusing.  Several of the characters had the same name so you had to pay close attention to make sure you understood which of them he was referring to.

In this book you learn about the building of the Eiffel Tower and how it was disabled before Hitler arrived to visit.  You hear about the massacre of the Knights Templar and the Reign of Terror after the French Revolution.  You go into a high class brothel in World War II and learn about the French Resistance.

I’m looking forward to reading more of this author’s works.