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Charles Belfoure

Autor(a) de The Paris Architect

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Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Pratt Institute
Columbia University

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Charles Belfoure is an architect and the New York Times Bestselling author of THE PARIS ARCHITECT.. He bases the plots of his historical novels on architecture and architects. He's also written House of Thieves and the Fallen Architect.



Goodreads doesn't recognize the barcode for the 11:10:24 (hr.) audio, well-narrated by Mark Bramhall, yet, so I'll use this hardback record.
It's sort of difficult to effuse over a book with as somber a theme as any WWII book has, but I will be looking for more titles by this author.
I liked the unique perspective of WWII in France from a particular architects' point of view, and the main character's spiritual evolution.
TraSea | 71 outras críticas | Apr 29, 2024 |
This novel of WWII Paris reads more like a thriller than many of the others I've read. Lucien is an architect and is hired to design hiding places for Jews hoping to escape the clutches of the Gestapo. As this book opens, Lucien is primarily interested in this work for the money it pays, but as the novel progresses, Lucien stops accepting payment for his work creating hiding places and even takes a Jewish boy into his own home. This book is fast-paced and I appreciated the moral journey Lucien undertakes.… (mais)
wagner.sarah35 | 71 outras críticas | Aug 16, 2022 |
This debut novel had all the components required to make it a great read, but unfortunately the Author seemed to have difficulty fitting all the pieces together.

The main protagonist is the architect mentioned in the title and, although the reader learns a lot about their background in architecture and his relationship with his Father, there is actually very little depth to a character that could have been so much more. As I read I felt a no connection with him and at times thought him to be rather a wimp. Yes, he does grow morally as the novel progresses, but I still couldn’t get rid of that feeling that he wasn’t doing growing as a person but he was moulding his selfish ways into a more acceptable shape for the time and situation in which the book is set. By the time I finished reading I felt I cared more, and knew more about the motivations and personalities of lesser characters than I did the main. The Author did a skilful job when writing some of his lesser characters, making you despise some of them so intensely it was surprising whilst at the same time making the reader wonder why.

Having been to Paris many times I recognised a lot of the places that were mentioned in this novel, but I gained a greater appreciation for them when they were described from the viewpoint of an architect, which is the Authors profession. I had always thought there was something unique about the buildings in Paris, and through his descriptions of the way an arch curved or a pillar was placed, I was able to make sense of why I felt this. For those readers who have not been to Paris, the Author transports them to this place and gently gives them a guided tour of the city. Despite being a qualified architect, the Author has taken great pains not to bog down this story with the minutiae of his art, rather leaning on the side of caution and giving enough technical information to keep the book interesting, but not enough to bore the reader.

The chapters and action flow smoothly through the first two-thirds of this book, whether it is horrendous crimes against a person or the designing of a building, everything joins seamlessly and with jarring the reader. For some reason this was not the case with the closing portion of the novel; suddenly sentences seemed to be very choppy and ill thought-out, the chapters appeared to have been thrown together in an almost random fashion and, for me, it became a little irritating to have this smooth flow so abruptly interrupted. I would like to say it may have been the intent of the Author that his book end in this fashion, but as the action played out in these last chapters the way in which they were constructed didn’t convince me of this. I am surprised that the editor did not pick up on this, and it did actually make the novel lose something for me.

I would however, recommend this to those readers who like a good, not great, World War II novel and anyone who just likes an interesting read.

Originally reviewed on: http://catesbooknuthut.com/2014/01/30/review-the-paris-architect-charles-belfour...

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Melline | 71 outras críticas | Aug 13, 2022 |
I thought this was a well written book on the occupation of Paris by the Germans. I hadn't read historical fiction from that viewpoint before and got a better feel for what Parisians were likely going through. The main character was well developed and there were several good twists and turns in his journey. I read a lot of Nazi Germany historical fiction - while this one didn't have the impact as some I have read about those in the concentration camps, it was still worth the read!
sbenne3 | 71 outras críticas | Dec 29, 2021 |



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