Reviews for Paris : The Novel
AudioFile Reviews 2013 July
Rutherfurd's newest saga entwines seven centuries of families and a multitude of events that helped to shape the magnificent city of Paris. The noble de Cynge clan sustains a multigenerational blood feud against the Le Sourds, the bourgeois Blanchards founded and continue to run a high-fashion retail dynasty, and the laboring Gascons include a riveter who toiled for Eiffel. Narrator Jean Gilpin's mostly straightforward reading gives consistency to the somewhat ragged narrative, which jumps back and forth through time and families so much that the listener may wonder if the audio player is skipping. Most notable are Gilpin's subtle portrayal of the distinctive designer Coco Chanel and her graceful characterizations of the Jacobs, a Jewish family that specializes in private art collections. Gilpin's steady interpretation makes PARIS a worthwhile listen. N.M.C. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine
Library Journal Express Reviews
Rutherfurd's (London) latest explores different periods in the development of Paris by interweaving the interactions of four fictional families with historical figures through time. The nobility, the Republicans, the bourgeoisie, and the poor are all represented to tell a story of the City of Light with depth and dimension. This novel of grand scope ably conveys a sense of place. Owing to the nonlinear writing style, however, listeners may find it challenging to keep up with the time period and cast of characters. Jean Gilpin easily brings to life the diverse characters and their varied accents. Verdict Of interest to Rutherfurd's fans. ["This is not novelistic history in depth; rather, it is like a New York show--gorgeous sets, great acting, and lights, camera, action!" read the review of the Doubleday hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 4/5/13.--Ed.]--Cheryl Youse, Colquitt Cty. H.S., Moultrie, GA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.