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Like most gentiles in Nazi occupied Paris architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for. The only thing this book has going for it is a good premise Seriously I love historical fiction character development in trying times and moral uandaries Also architecture And plots set abroad I wasn t expecting anything high brow just a good plot driven escape But Let me count the ways that this book failed1 The writing is atrocious No really it s clunky and the dialogue is about as stilted as you can get 2 Most of the characters lack the motivation for the actions they carry out People are treacherous or noble or somewhere in between without any prior reason given for their actions I know people sometimes do things out of the blue but check this spoiler view spoiler a kid who we previously only see as good hearted studious and shy kills another character without any warning Sure the character who gets killed totally deserved it but the kid never appears to wrestle with any feelings about this incident one way or the other before or after hide spoiler

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Of his clever hiding spaces fails horribly and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal he can no longer deny realityWritten by an expert whose knowledge imbues every page this story becomes gripping with every life the architect tries to sav. We shape our buildings thereafter they shape us Winston ChurchillCharles Belfoure a national bestselling author has penned a heart touching as well as enlightening and nostalgic novel The Paris Architect that accounts the story of an architect based in Paris during the world war II when German have occupied the city and was ordering the Jews out of the city when this normal regular law abiding architect chances upon a golden opportunity to prove his worth by taking life threatening risks to be a hero Synopsis Like most gentiles in Nazi occupied Paris architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn t really believe in Ultimately he can t resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces behind a painting within a column or inside a drainpipe detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails horribly and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal he can no longer deny reality Lucien a law abiding Parisian architect gets a job for the richest man in Paris Monsieur Monet who asks him to build a secret room for some of his Jewish friends Now Lucien being very careful during the Occupation and has forever agreed to what the Germans asked him to do can help the Germans enemy to prov himself than just a regular man in these difficult times First of all this book made me fall in love with it s descriptions and vivid imagery The author brings the 1942 Paris alive with his elouent writing style From the intricate details of every other building to every other streets from the odd ones to the busiest ones from the food to the linguistic aspect to the culture everything has been laid out strikingly While reading it felt like I m swiftly being carried into that Parisian essence Not only the backdrop is vividly portrayed with all it s beauty and grace but the author has captured the era of World War II so vividly The effect of Nazis and the Gestapo arresting the Jews everywhere is brought alive wonderfully In fact the author has managed to instill that Nazi fear through his story like the sudden knock on the door or a sudden car pulling up etcThe writing style is uite elegant and polished and properly layered with enough distinct emotions to make the readers feel evocatively The narrative style is free flowing and articulate as well as engaging The prose is elouent with a fast pace and the book has so much tension that it is bound to keep the readers hooked onto the story till the very last pageThe characters are drawn with enough realism and has a way to make the readers feel connected with their despair and hopes The main character Lucien is like every other middle class man his dreams to his infidel ways to his way of living his life style everything is bound to strike a chord with the common man in today s world The gradual change in his demeanor is very well projected by the author The supporting characters are also very strongly developed The Nazi German soldiers and the chiefs are strikingly arrested in this book that gives the readers a real feeling of what it feels like to be around a German soldier during those timesThe theme of the book is centered around about how one stands up or stands against the Germans to be a human being Other than that the architectural descriptions and how an architect s mind works while they are visualizing a building are carefully and saliently In short this is a very compelling as well as poignant novel which has lots of unspoken history as well as truth hidden behind the times when German was either sending the Jews into concentration camps or torturing them to deathVerdict This book will appeal to the historical fiction lovers and if you want to taste the city of Paris during the World War II era then do grab a copy of this book for sure Courtesy Thanks to the author Charles Belfoure for providing me with a copy of his book in return for an honest review

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A cause he doesn’t really believe in Ultimately he can’t resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces behind a painting within a column or inside a drainpipe detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye But when one. From the moment I saw the haunting cover of this novel I knew I had to read it The small Jewish girl hiding in plain sight says so much about the work of gifted architect Lucien Bernard the flawed protagonist of Charles Belfoure s THE PARIS ARCHITECTLucian is fairly despicable at the start of the novel He no longer loves his wife he has a mistress and he does not care about the Jews being plagued by the Nazis in occupied France He only cares about surviving by making as much money as possible and growing his reputation as an architectHis base need for a salary involves him as an architect working for enemies in the war On one hand he creates ingenius hiding spaces in apartments for Jews on the other he designs modern factories for Germans It is all the same to him as long as he gets paid until he makes a personal connection with a Jew that ends disastrouslyI asked myself many times in the reading of this novel how I could care about such a heartless protagonist but the riveting story my curiosity about his innovation and my wish to see his growth compelled me forward I m so glad it didThis is not an easy book to read Belfoure is unflinching in his portrayal of the animal nature of man and of traitors spies and Nazis The darkness is balanced however with a growing sense of hope and redemption throughout the narrativeBooklist compares Belfoure s writing to Ken Follett and that is an excellent comparison in tension intrigue detail and character If you enjoy fast paced graphic and fascinating historical fiction I recommend you read THE PARIS ARCHITECT


10 thoughts on “The Paris Architect

  1. says:

    The concept of this book was excellentan architect who retrofits spaces within homes to hide Jewish individuals during WWII The writing left much to be desired Filled with anachronisms the narrative was so simplistic; it just did not fit the time period From The Paris Architect page 198 “He felt as if he was in one of those dumb ass American movies he’d seen A character would be in a uandary over what to

  2. says:

    The only thing this book has going for it is a good premise Seriously I love historical fiction character development in trying times and moral uandaries Also architecture And plots set abroad I wasn't expecting anything high brow just a good plot driven escape But Let me count the ways that this book failed1 The writing is atrocious No re

  3. says:

    How do I put this one into words for my review? It was gooooooood A goooood novel Not high literature but damn it all I enjoyed it a lot Exciting It starts with great historical details of life in Paris during WW2 then the

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    While the method of illuding the Nazis mentioned in this book is one which doubtless would have been used this p

  5. says:

    DreadfulI felt almost immediately that this book wasn't for me I kept with it because it's so highly rated on Goodreads and because I was listening to the audiobook at work so I had time to kill I was sure that the book would get better as it went on I found the reverse to be trueI'm so disappointed and upset about this book that I doubt my

  6. says:

    From the moment I saw the haunting cover of this novel I knew I had to read it The small Jewish girl hiding in plain sight says so much about the work of gifted architect Lucien Bernard the flawed protagonist of Charles Belfoure’s THE PARIS ARCHITECTLucian is fairly despicable at the start of the novel He no lo

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    Undeservedly low ratings on Goodreads In 1942 Paris gifted architect Lucien Bernard is leading double lives a dull loveless marriage while having an affair with a famous designer and accepting commissions from a Christian to design hiding places for Jews and to design factories for the Nazis Living in terror Lucien is afraid of the Gestapo for helping Jews as well as the resistance for helping the German war effort eve

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    “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us” Winston ChurchillCharles Belfoure a national bestselling author has penned a heart touching as well as enlightening and nostalgic novel The Paris Architect that accounts

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    Can you trust the people you used to trust? Can your life be normal? That uestion was asked every single day of Lucien's life and every single d

  10. says:

    I really struggled with how to rate this bookOn the one hand I've read a ton of WW2 fiction and I loved how this presented a differe