I won a copy of ‘Paris’ by Edward Rutherfurd through Waterstones who offer free copies of recently published books to cardholders through a prize draw in return for an honest review. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to copy my official review in full on my blog so you can read it here instead (not sure why my name hasn’t appeared next to it yet but it’s the 3 star review by the anonymous 23-year-old under the customer reviews tab).
In brief, ‘Paris’ is an epic historical saga which follows four families of different social classes over several centuries in the French capital. Having lived in Paris for a year as an undergraduate, I know the city and its history pretty well and the detail in the story is certainly impressive and ambitious. However, sometimes I felt that the historical details in ‘Paris’ could have been woven into the story a bit more subtly into the story especially after having recently read ‘The Crimson Petal and the White‘ and also ‘Bring Up the Bodies‘ which were both far more successful in that respect. Overall, the book was less literary than I would have liked but if you are interested in the history of Paris and enjoyed Rutherfurd’s other work, then you will probably like this one too.