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The Siren of Paris by [LeRoy, David]
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"The author shows us how a person can be completely changed from this experience, how in a few short years, a few short moments, or even a split second, everything can become drastically different.  This novel brought tears to my eyes and left me with a more enlightened heart..." Boyu Huang AllBooks Review

"I've just finished reading Siren of Paris by David LeRoy and it's a story that will stay with me for a while. It has a complex, well developed plotline and presents the story in a tantalising way. I've read quite a few books set during the Second World War... this one especially gripped me." Dianne Ascroft Ascroft eh?

The soul of this book is found in LeRoy’s analysis of human nature through the main character. There really is nothing like a life-or-death situation that can split human nature so cleanly and show us what being human really means. The author shows us how a person can be completely changed from this experience, how in a few short years, in a few short moments, or even in a split second, everything can become drastically different. This book is suited for those with a love for history and those with a love for fiction alike. This novel brought tears to my eyes and left me with a more enlightened heart, so it is with absolute pleasure that I say The Siren of Paris is highly recommended by Boyu Huang, Allbooks Review Int.

About the Author

In writing his first novel, The Siren of Paris, David LeRoy drew upon his longtime interest in philosophy, the visual arts, myth, storytelling, psychology, and Ocean Liner travel. During a visit to France to study art in the fall of 2012, LeRoy became intrigued by the French Resistance, particularly when his research revealed the role of Americans in the Resistance, as well as the limited means of escape from Europe as the war escalated. LeRoy holds a bachelor of arts in philosophy and religion.

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  • File Size: 1089 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
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  • Publication Date: June 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088CA098
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By S. Ward on June 20, 2012
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Born in Paris and raised in the United States, 21-year-old Marc Tolbert enjoys the advantages of being born to a wealthy, well-connected family.. Reaching a turning point in his life, he decides to abandon his plans of going to medical school and study art in Paris. In 1939, he boards a ship and heads to France, blissfully unaware that Europe -- along with the rest of the world -- is on the brink of an especially devastating war.

However the story begins at the close of Marc's life. In the opening lines of this novel, we find ourselves at a graveside, in 1967, as Marc's spirit watches the living pay their final respects. Surrounded by the ghosts of men lost in the war, Marc sees snippets of his life flash before him. Before he can leave this world in peace, he must reconcile the sadness and guilt that burden him.

Soon we meet Marc on his carefree voyage to Paris, a place that seems far removed from the looming Nazi threat to Eastern Europe. When he arrives at l'École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, more ominous signs surface. There are windows covered with tape, sandbags shielding the fronts of important buildings, whispers of Parisian children leaving the city, and gas masks being distributed. Distracted by a blossoming love affair, Marc isn't too worried about his future, and he certainly doesn't expect a Nazi invasion of France.

Marc has a long journey ahead of him. He witnesses, first-hand, the fall of Paris and the departure of the French government. Employed by an ambassador, he visits heads of state, including the horribly obese gray-haired Mussolini and the charismatic Hitler. He witnesses the effects of the tightening vise of occupation, first-hand, as he tries to escape the country.
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This is a well-written and well-researched story that takes the reader to Paris and its surroundings during WWII as viewed through the experiences of Marc Tolbert, an American who was born in France.

The characters are well-developed and we get to know many of them as well as we might know our friends. The scenery is vividly painted and one feels like they are there watching the events unfold.

This is a good, solid first novel by David LeRoy and I look forward to his future writings.
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I have very mixed feelings regarding David LeRoy's The Siren of Paris. I think the premise is great, but as I reader I found it a challenging piece to complete.

I'm gonna be upfront here, I had to reread several pages. I kept feeling as if I was missing something. I'm willing to admit I am somewhat distracted by the holiday season, the hustle and bustle of the festivities, but this was more than that. Though I am loath to admit it, I had genuine trouble following the plot over the intermittent timeline. It was an artistic approach, but confusing just the same. At least where this reader is concerned.

Another problem I had was the brevity in which the supporting cast appeared. Nigel and Dora for example, or even Sylvia. I wanted to see more of these individuals. LeRoy has a gift for creating believable cast members. I guess what I'm getting at is sour grapes in that I felt many of these characters were taken from me too soon.

On the other hand, I liked the material that LeRoy incorporated into the story. There is a lot here, particularly when it came to life in occupied France and the perpetual fear and danger in which the members of the resistance lived. I've seen plenty of movies and documentaries, but this is really the first fiction I've come across to incorporate these topics and I must say I was impressed by LeRoy's efforts.

I read a blurb for this book which referred to the story as thought-provoking while praising its examination of revenge versus forgiveness. The Siren of Paris wasn't the easiest of books to read, but it certainly met my expectations in terms of concept as set forth in that description. It is a toss up really, though I recommend the title, I can't say it is for every reader.
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The Siren of Paris was truly an enjoyable book. I found the imagery of certain events during World War II (based on what had to be a lot of historical research) woven well into the underlying story of friendship, love, growth and self-actualization. I personally found it a great mixture.

The characters are engaging and you truly want to see what happens to each of them in the end. And as mentioned previously, the imagery was very well done to the point that it instilled great visuals for my imagination.

I agree with the previous reviewer that it was a good first novel by David LeRoy and I look forward to his next literary work.
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This novel was well researched, and it has a good plot with excellent suspense and tension. I would have given it four stars, but I felt it sadly in need of a good professional editing. The dialogue was stiff, wording was awkward through much of the first half, the pacing was difficult to follow (especially the elapsed time element), and it just needed a good overall tightening up.
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I have a knot in my stomach as I'm writing this review because I have so many mixed feelings about this book. I feel it is my duty to reflect the strengths and flaws of this book accurately, so I'll try my best.

For starters, the premise was decent: French-born American Marc returns to Paris in 1939 to study art and subsequently gets stuck there during the German occupation. But his unique status as dual citizen allows him certain diplomatic perks, so he sticks it out for a while. When he finally gets the sense to leave, the ship he is on is bombed and sunk, thus leaving him stuck in France. So back to Paris he goes where he joins the resistance helping downed Allied airmen escape. Then he's betrayed (thus prison camp, witnessing horrible atrocities, standard WWII fare). The bones for a great story, right?

The flaws start on the back cover: "His new circle of ex-pats includes the famous Sylvia Beach, owner of the bookstore Shakespeare and Company..." Sylvia is mentioned like three times and only appears in one brief scene. It's misleading to readers like me who were hoping for a glimpse of this legendary book store during the 40's. In the first part of the book while Marc is travelling to France, we are introduced to all these characters who become his close friends in Paris. When everyone is forced to leave, we witness their various means of departure, and a good second quarter of the book is these people in transit. Then we never hear of them again. About a third of the way through the book, the author decides to change his narrative style and suddenly starts going back and forth between two different time periods. I found some of the transitions rather awkward.
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