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The Paris Library: the bestselling novel of courage and betrayal in Occupied Paris Kindle Edition
|Length: 369 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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A book about books, lovers and book lovers - what's not to love? A wonderful tale about a library that provides a beacon of hope in the darkness and despair of war. Heart-breaking and heart-lifting in turn and always enchanting. ― Ruth Hogan, author of THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS
As a Parisian, an ardent bookworm , and a longtime fan of the American Library in Paris, I devoured The Paris Library in one hungry gulp. It is charming and moving, with a perfect balance between history and fiction. ― Tatiana de Rosnay, author of SARAH'S KEY
An irresistible combination of two of my favourite things: Paris and libraries. What's not to love?! Utterly charming ― Natasha Lester, author of THE PARIS ORPHAN
A fresh take on WWII France that will appeal to bibliophiles everywhere. I fell in love with Odile and Lily, with their struggles and triumphs, from the very first page. Meticulously researched, The Paris Library is an irresistible, compelling read. ― Fiona Davis, author of THE CHELSEA GIRLS
Compelling ― Woman & Home
A delightful chronicle of a woman's life in WWII-era Paris and rural 1980s Montana . . .Charles's richly detailed plot incorporates historical figures from the American Library and highlights the perils of occupied Paris. Historical fiction fans will be drawn to the realistic narrative and the bond of friendship forged between a widow and a lonely young girl ― Publishers' Weekly
Having lived in an apartment just above the current location of the American Library in Paris, I've always felt connected to the institution and wondered about its story, so I'm grateful to Janet Skeslien Charles for penning such a vivid, enjoyable, based-on-a-true-story tale. In The Paris Library, the beloved library, its staff, and its subscribers come to life and remind us of both the horrors of World War II and the vital role books play in keeping us afloat in difficult times. Well-researched, stirring, and rich with detail, The Paris Library is an ode to the importance of libraries, books, and the human connections we find within both. ― Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names
The Paris Library is a refreshing novel that celebrates libraries as cradles of community, especially when we need them the most. It shows how literature can be a means of escape, a catalyst for human connection, and a moral center in grim times. A thoroughly enjoyable read, kind-hearted and brimming with delightful bookish allusions. ― Matthew Sullivan, author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Intelligent and sensuously rich... A novel tailor-made for those who cherish books and libraries. ― Kirkus Reviews
A love letter to Paris, the power of books, and the beauty of intergenerational friendship. ― Booklist
Lily and Odile are fictitious , but key players at the library are drawn from life. Chapeau! ― Saga
The author's experiences of working at the American Library in Paris shine through in this delightful, richly detailed novel. From the atrocities carried out by the Nazis to the fearless acts of bravery and courage shown by ordinary people working together in the face of evil, this is An irresistible and utterly compelling novel that will appeal to bibliophiles and historical fiction fans alike. -- Anne Cater ― Sunday Express Mag
Book obsessives will adore this immersive love letter to the power of the written word. -- Sarra Manning ― Red Magazine
This is a remarkable story of family, romance, friendship and the power of literature to bring us together, perfect for fans
of The Lilac Girls and The Paris Wife.
From the Publisher
- ASIN : B0825PVRJV
- Publisher : Two Roads (9 February 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 2775 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 369 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1982134194
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,598 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Just as the young Odile is mentor-ed by the director of the American Library so the much older Odile (a women with a secretive past) takes on the teenage Lily whose dreams of flying far away from her somewhat difficult homelife after the untimely death of her mother.
The reader is drawn into the story, knowing that the war years can only bring tragedy and heartache. The writing is warm and fluid and if the ending is somewhat rushed with a major revelation merely air-brushed into the narrative, it was an enjoyable read.
Then we have Lily in 1983 Montana. She makes a friendship with the old lady next door who her hides away on her own and has some long kept secrets. The bond between the 2 is lovely.
This book is inspired in real life events and it was really interesting to learn about a different side of the war. The librarians who fought to keep working, to send books to the soldiers and the people of Paris as an escape from their new reality. The friendships and heartbreaks of the characters were heartwarming and heartbreaking.
An emotional and educational read that I really enjoyed.
Top reviews from other countries
I found this a thoroughly enjoyable read and I found the parallels between the central characters in Paris and their later counterparts in the US fascinating. I thought the the two timelines were very cleverly woven together. I loved the attention to historic detail and found the day-to-day work of the library a comforting distraction from the intense and constantly shifting tension created throughout because of the occupation and the increasing menace of Nazism.
A great book and I will be reading more of this author's work.
The dual timeline was irritating, I was not moved and it did not grab my attention.
Could have been so much better!