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CharlesBelfoure. Sourcebooks, (384p) ISBN 978-1-4022-8431-1
"Seamlesslyintegrated architectural details add to the excitement. Belfoure's charactersare well-rounded and intricate. Heart, reluctant heroism, and art blendtogether in this spine-chilling page-turner.
Oct 2013. 384p. Sourcebooks/Landmark, hardcover, (9781402284311).
"With his unadorned,zippy style and broad-brush characters, Belfoure writes like anup-and-coming Ken Follett but with more sex and violence and strongerlanguage. There's plenty of detail to interest architecture buffs, too."
-- Sarah Johnson
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Belfoure,Charles. The Paris Architect. Sourcebooks Landmark. Oct. 2013. 384p. ISBN9781402284311.
"VERDICT Architect and debut authorBelfoure's portrayal of Vichy France is both disturbing and captivating, andhis beautiful tale demonstrates that while human beings are capable of greatatrocities, they have a capacity for tremendous acts of courage as well.Readers will root for Lucien as he risks his life and discovers strength andcharacter he never knew he had. Some sensitive readers may take offense tocharacters' language and attitudes toward Jews."--Vicki Briner, CityColl. Lib., Fort Lauderdale, FL
"Delivers the suspense of Schindler's List and the German-occupied Paris of Alan Furst in this tense tale of an architect hiding Jews from the Nazis."
Julie Kramer, author of Shunning Sarah and Stalking Susan
About the Author
- ASIN : B00DJBXASQ
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Landmark (July 15, 2014)
- Publication date : July 15, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1734 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 383 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #27,264 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A good read, but not much more.
Most of all, it reads like Alan Furst's best work -- atmospheric, taut and unpredictable, all the while creating a world of its own.
I love the concept of showing the WWII occupation of paris through a non combatant who can make money working with the nazis while protesting that he is not a collaborator.
Whether he had a real choice is another question.
I am no expert in 1940s colloquialisms or speech generally, but it seems the author used 21st century words and phrases in 1940s speech. It wasn't terrible, just a bit curious and therefore distracting.
And multiple times the main character is in the presence of nazis or the gestapo. While they are not after him, they are "there." Each time he fears the worst and each time his knees turn to jelly, he breathing quickens and he seriously considers running away as fast as he can. Or he considers opening the car door and running as fast as he can.
He is always terrified, always looking for a way to escape, but he always stays. By the end of the book, i just figured, "Here he goes again. But nothing will happen."
Finally, while i am no architect, i'm not sure why it takes an architect to find or build the hiding places. Seems a good carpenter could do what is needed. Maybe not even that, as the sponsor had his own high quality workmen.
Nonetheless, an interesting premise.
The attitude of the french was well described and displayed. Their hatred of jews was fascinating, even while many french people risked or lost their lives helping them.
The savagery of the gestapo was well described without gratuitous gore. Well done.
The relationship with bette was compelling and i wish it had been developed further.
The book was good. Better than three stars actually, but not in my opinion worth the fourth.
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Unfortunately the storyline was somewhat laboured and jumped around disconcertingly. Also I never quite felt that he was writing in the right time zone: for example on page 316 (Kindle edition) one of the characters suddenly and incongruously refers to Halley’s Comet, last seen by Europeans in 1910, which seemed a very unlikely remark in this wartime story set well over thirty years later. Even nowadays, after 29 years since we last saw it in 1986, Halley’s Comet doesn’t exactly spring to mind as an example of a rare occurrence.
More importantly it is obvious he did no research into how people actually spoke in 1940’s France or similarly in Germany. If he had wanted his dialogue to sound authentic he should have employed an experienced European editor to advise him.
Although overall this tale was well written, but when his characters became angry or impatient American idioms in the dialogue abounded. His choice of American slang and swear words were also used far too frequently and jarred dreadfully. The use of such contemporary American expletives did not sound true to the period, which was a great pity. To give you an inkling of the type of swearwords used, when I included the worst of these in my initial review it was rejected by Amazon for including profane and obscene content!
For me, the author’s lack of attention to detail sadly ruined an otherwise interesting and informative story. His descriptive text was well written and because of this redeeming fact, and despite my general irritation, I finished the book.