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The Paris Library: A Novel (edição 2021)

por Janet Skeslien Charles (Autor)

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"Paris, 1939. Young, ambitious, and tempestuous, Odile Souchet has it all: Paul, her handsome police officer beau; Margaret, her best friend from England; her adored twin brother Remy; and a dream job at the American Library in Paris, working alongside the library's legendary director, Dorothy Reeder. But when World War II breaks out, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear - including her beloved library. After the invasion, as the Nazis declare a war on words and darkness falls over the City of Light, Odile and her fellow librarians join the Resistance with the best weapons they have: books. They risk their lives again and again to help their fellow Jewish readers. When the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal. Montana, 1983. Odile's solitary existence in gossipy small-town Montana is unexpectedly interrupted by Lily, her neighbor, a lonely teenager longing for adventure. As Lily uncovers more about Odile's mysterious past, they find they share a love of language, the same longings, the same lethal jealousy. Odile helps Lily navigate the troubled waters of adolescence by always recommending just the right book at the right time, never suspecting that Lily will be the one to help her reckon with her own terrible secret. Based on the true story of the American Library in Paris, The Paris Library explores the geography of resentment, the consequences of terrible choices made, and how extraordinary heroism can be found in the quietest of places"--… (mais)
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Título:The Paris Library: A Novel
Autores:Janet Skeslien Charles (Autor)
Informação:Atria Books (2021), 368 pages
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I wasn’t expecting a lot from this novel, since on the surface it looks like a typical historical fiction “book club pick” driven by the expected cast of female characters and light romance mixed in to a backdrop of World War II, but I was pleasantly surprised when I got caught up in the story. Yes, there are predictable thematic notes around the young Parisian protagonist, Odile, since we see her fall in love, struggle against the Nazi occupation of the city, and resist via her job with the American Library in Paris, but her story is none-the-less highly engaging. Obviously for me, a lot of the initial intrigue comes from the fact that she’s a librarian (and we all know librarians are not-so-secretly protestors and anarchists), but the truth of the real story of the American Library in Paris during WW2 gives the book a realism and uniqueness that hasn’t been explored elsewhere. In truth, the librarians did resist the Nazi occupation, and while I’m sure that certain parts of the story are exaggerated or wholly fictional, the book does what any good historical fiction should: it acts as an inspiration for further research, now that we’ve become invested in the characters and events in the story. Charles’ writing and characters bring us right to the heart of Paris’ citizens during the occupation, telling a story that explores a common, but extraordinary, experience within the City of Light. ( )
  JaimieRiella | Sep 22, 2021 |
3.5 stars
The Paris Library was an enjoyable read, full of feelings, interesting characters and one of my favourite settings for a book: a library! I was happy to know that the inspiration for this novel came from reality and that most characters existed.
However, I felt something was missing and the 80's timeline with Lily didn't add much to the story in my opinion. I would have prefered if Odile's character and timeline were more developed as well as the overall struggles of surviving during World War II while being able to keep working at the American Library in Paris.

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  _Marcia_94_ | Sep 21, 2021 |
A story of the impact of the Nazi occupation of Paris on the American Library, and its staff and patrons. The pleasant surprise here was that, unlike other books that start out focusing on the books and the library, but then letting that fade into the background, here the library and the love of books remains a central theme throughout.

Although I am not generally a fan of the literary device of having every chapter being from a different character's point of view, especially when it would have been possible to execute it as a straightforward narrative in the third person, the tale was sufficiently engaging that I did not dwell on this choice.

Although this is a novel, the framework is based upon real people who worked during the occupation in the real library. For contrast, one can read the memoir of a Berlin bookseller who fled to Paris, and was forced to endure much difficulty before escaping to Switzerland A Bookshop in Berlin, by Francoise Frenkel). To think that these two tales occur simultaneously and in the same space gave an added poignancy to them both. ( )
  dono421846 | Sep 5, 2021 |
The Paris Library. Janet Skeslien Charles. 2021. I put this book on my “want list” as soon as I read the review. What a marvelous surprise when my college roommate, Ellen, sent it to me. I loved reading about the American Library in Paris. This novel is based on how the library employees worked to keep the library open during the Nazi occupation. It is a love story, a story of friendship and a paean to books and libraries. Odile, settled in a small town in Idaho at the end of World War II with an American husband. How she ended up there is told in flashbacks. I love any books that praise books and libraries and this book is no exception. The way she sprinkles Dewey numbers throughout when she mentions specific books and/or subjects was irritating. Librarians and some readers know the numbers and, I cannot imagine that other readers would care. A great book for those who liked Sarah’s Key, Suite Francise, All the Light We Cannot See, and The Nightingale. ( )
  judithrs | Aug 16, 2021 |
I love books where I learn something new, so I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I had not heard of the American Library before, but this novel enlightened me. Many of the characters are real people, which adds an element of realism. I enjoyed the way the author had the main character, Odile, in 2 different time periods, going back and forth between WWII in Paris and the mid-80s in Montana. In both places, Odile made an impact on the people around her. I also like how the author used Dewey decimal system numbers throughout the book. That was clever! ( )
  hobbitprincess | Jul 27, 2021 |
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"Paris, 1939. Young, ambitious, and tempestuous, Odile Souchet has it all: Paul, her handsome police officer beau; Margaret, her best friend from England; her adored twin brother Remy; and a dream job at the American Library in Paris, working alongside the library's legendary director, Dorothy Reeder. But when World War II breaks out, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear - including her beloved library. After the invasion, as the Nazis declare a war on words and darkness falls over the City of Light, Odile and her fellow librarians join the Resistance with the best weapons they have: books. They risk their lives again and again to help their fellow Jewish readers. When the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal. Montana, 1983. Odile's solitary existence in gossipy small-town Montana is unexpectedly interrupted by Lily, her neighbor, a lonely teenager longing for adventure. As Lily uncovers more about Odile's mysterious past, they find they share a love of language, the same longings, the same lethal jealousy. Odile helps Lily navigate the troubled waters of adolescence by always recommending just the right book at the right time, never suspecting that Lily will be the one to help her reckon with her own terrible secret. Based on the true story of the American Library in Paris, The Paris Library explores the geography of resentment, the consequences of terrible choices made, and how extraordinary heroism can be found in the quietest of places"--

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