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The Paris Hours (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic) (edició 2020)

de Alex George (Autor)

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Títol:The Paris Hours (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Autors:Alex George (Autor)
Informació:Thorndike Press Large Print (2020), Edition: Large type / Large print, 439 pages
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I confess I do not understand this book. ( )
  DeaconBernie | Mar 22, 2021 |
Focusing on four character in Paris in the 1920's; alternate chapters tell their stories. Camille is a farm girl whose marriage takes her to the city and eventually as a maid to Marcel Proust. Guillaume is a struggling artist who owes money to some thugs but manages to sell one painting to Gertrude Stein while Maurice Ravel is playing below his apartment. Souren is a refuge from Armenia who is attempting to run from his tragic past which saw the violent death of his younger brother. Now he performs puppet shows for children in the park. Jean-Paul is a journalist who comes to interview Josephine Baker.

At first I saw little connection between the characters and the short chapters seemed unimportant; however, as the story unfolds, each of the characters have a connection to the other. The ending of this novel is especially vivid - a total surprise.

Good story; interesting setting, and definitely would read more by this author. ( )
  maryreinert | Mar 11, 2021 |
The Paris Hours - Alex George -
Audio performance by Raphael Corkill
4 stars

Much of this book is set in Paris on a single day in 1927. Each of four main characters, one woman and three men, are experiencing some form of personal crisis throughout the day. As the day passes, these characters weave around each other in a very colorful Parisian atmosphere.

Placing each character in context requires the author to move back and forth in their personal histories. The puppeteer, Souren Balakian is a refugee of the Armenian genocide. Guillame Blane is a failed artist with grandiose dreams and a dangerously unpaid debt. The journalist, Jean-Paul Millard is a disabled WW1 veteran as well as a grieving widower and father. The hotelier, Camille Clermont, was the devoted personal maid of the late Marcel Proust. The backstories of each character are filled with interesting details.

Proust is not the only famous person touching the lives of the characters. I did not know that Maurice Ravel drove an ambulance in WW1, and later had difficulty composing new music. Josephine Baker and a number of black jazz musicians provide some entertainment. Gertrude Stein, John dos Passos, and Ernest Hemingway all have cameo appearances.

The book is rich in historical detail. The characters are fairly complex for such a short novel. The audio performance was excellent, but I needed the text. Each chapter features a different character, building their current and former lives in fragments. It was difficult to follow the continuity of the nonlinear plot as I listened. I found it easier to keep track with the text in front of me. ( )
  msjudy | Jan 31, 2021 |
If you’re looking for a book that’s action-packed and keeping you hovering on the edge of your seat, this is not the book for you. However, that’s not to say that the inaction of much of the book is a fault, as Alex George’s prose is exquisitely eloquent and his characters are lush with intricate backgrounds, authentic motives, and the fullness of the human spirit.

Perhaps the most engrossing aspect of this novel is the presence of and disinterest in notable historical figures of the time. Characters like Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, and Marcel Proust exist within the novel much in the way they did in Paris in the early 1900s. However, their roles in this plot are secondary at best, merely minor characters to push along the main plot—four ordinary Parisians whose lives, loves, and betrayals become so masterfully intertwined, you leave the novel certain that God is a writer.

George’s novel satisfies the reader’s innate desire to witness the extent of human interconnectedness, weaving together seemingly distinct narratives into a cohesive final chapter. If you find yourself often more captivated by characters than bursts of action, this book will certainly do the trick. ( )
  mullinshe | Jan 30, 2021 |
As she turned the first page, a single tear fell onto the still paper, washing the words beneath it into gentle oblivion, lost forever to her sorrow.

Set in 1927, this novel follows four characters as they live their romantically tragic lives walking around Paris and interacting with famous people. Each feels their emotions deeply and is able to get advice and insight from everyone from Josephine Baker to Marcel Proust. There's Souren, a young man who escaped the Armenian genocide and now puts on a puppet show in the Luxembourg Gardens. Camille was Marcel Proust's maid and she deeply misses her former employer, even as she harbors a terrible secret. Jean-Paul lost his wife and infant daughter to a bomb, and because his daughter's body was never found, he continues to search for her. And
Guillaume is an artist who is still struggling after years of work. He fell in love with an acrobat he watched perform and is deeply in debt to a violent loan shark.

Over the course of a single day, the four characters walk around Paris, frequently noting where they are and what they can see from their vantage point, as they think their tragic thoughts and slowly circle each other, until they finally all converge at a single nightclub where tragedy is about to strike.

Yeah, I didn't like this one at all. I have a high tolerance for anything set in Paris, but the market seems to be dictating that novels set there indulge in an exaggerated sentimentality and an emphasis in mentioning locations as though the reader is on a bus tour of Paris. There are some fantastic recent novels set in Paris, like Paris, 7 A.M. by Liza Wieland or Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks, but for the large majority, referring to the city in the title is a message about not just the setting, but also the kind of book it will be, unabashedly treacly and filled with heightened emotion. Will I stop jumping on novels with Paris in the title? Probably not. But the likelihood of finding a well-written novel where Paris is something other than a sparkling stage set is becoming rarer by the day. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Jan 12, 2021 |
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