- File Size: 621 KB
- Print Length: 239 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (February 14, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 14, 2012
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00603QS3O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,447 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This historical fiction reflects the reconstruction of Paris ordered by Napoleon III and the pain that many may have suffered as they lost the Paris that they knew, grew up with, and loved.
This book is filled with carefully-accurate sentiments. The characters and the settings come alive in the pages of this book, giving the reader a glimpse of the old Paris and its charm. This is a wonderful story of love, compassion, strength, and family.
This new book, "The House I Loved," won me over with the descriptions of life in Paris before Napoleon III decided to raze the city and build a monument to his greatness.
In doing so, he and his architects swept away homes like so many fallen leaves, disregarding the impact of moving thousands of citizens out of their old homes. They paid for the "inconvenience," but money cannot buy a neighborhood.
The book is written as both letters and meditations by Rose Bazelet as she waits for the house to fall down around her. She remembers her youth, her marriage, her friends.
The atmosphere of Paris is well defined in this book. The plot is somewhat hazy and then the "big" surprise at the end isn't so big at all.
I liked the book well enough, but I wouldn't call it great fiction. For me, the local color aspect wins.
Rose has firmly decided that she will not abandon the house she loved, the house that had been in her late husband's family for generations. The novel is one long letter to her husband in an attempt to justify her defiance and to illustrate her life since his death. The chapters were short and this was a relatively quick read, and though I enjoyed some of Rose's recollections, much of her narrative was redundant. She is overly nostalgic and she constantly laments her contempt for the Prefect (Baron Haussmann, the man behind the urban redevelopment). In the beginning of the book, I can understand why she would have such an attachment to this house, but as she reveals the horrible memories she also associates with it, it made me frustrated. It's not only that she invests such emotion to a house that has brought her both happiness and pain, but Rose is not an entirely likeable character. She's a bit haughty, vain, and insolent. There are other characters that I really liked, especially Rose's tenant and flower shop owner Alexandrine and the local book store proprietor. I felt there was a duality to Rose that was not entirely reconciled.
As a piece of historical fiction, it was entirely effective in making me want to learn about the subject of the renovations of Paris in the 19th century. It was not exceptionally written, but I read it quickly and did enjoy aspects of it.
Over all....a most definite FIVE for this book. Very well done!
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I really wanted to love this book. If anyone was predisposed to loving this book, I would be the likely candidate. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Tatiana de Rosnay describes her people so well.A beautiful story that allows you to understand the main character's ultimate decision. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dianne
I did not enjoy this book. It was written in the form of letters to a dead husband. I thought it was boring.Published 4 months ago by Sylvia Clardy
A boring read. The writer forgot the story. Its really just a description of the Haussman changes of Paris.Published 4 months ago by Jeremy Rettger
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