I received a copy of The Paris Architect from Sourcebooks for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this post.
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About the Author:
Charles Belfoure is the author of the debut novel The Paris Architect, an October Indie Next Pick and National Reading Group Month Selection. An architect by profession, he graduated from the Pratt Institute and Columbia University. His writing has appeared in the Baltimore Sun and the New York Times. He lives in Maryland.
Lucien Bernard is an architect living in Paris. It is the second year of the German Occupation during WWII and he is just trying to earn a living, gain some respect in his chosen field and stay alive. He hates the Germans but has little feeling for the plight of the Jews. As the book opens he is on his way to an appointment when a Jewish man is gunned down by a German soldier right in front of him. His main concern is that he not be late for his appointment.
Despite some excess blood, Lucien makes it to his appointment; he is meeting a man of means who offers him two commissions. He cannot take one without the other. One is for a large factory, the other for a secret room in which to hide someone. A room that will never be discovered no matter how well a house is searched; rather like the “priest holes” of yore. Lucien needs the money and he wants the challenge so he accepts. Little does he know how it will affect him.
This first novel by Mr. Belfoure takes on a very difficult subject in a very troubling time in the history of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. His architect’s eye translates well to fiction and it allows his reader to experience the beauty of the buildings and the space of the city. His characters are not perfect and some of them seem to just disappear into the night but Lucien shows remarkable development and growth. He is the lodestar of the novel and it all really rests upon him. Trying times cause great change in people collectively and individually and that is shown to great effect in this arresting tale of one man’s efforts to fight evil.
It was a book that I found hard to put down even when reading the more disturbing passages. It is not a perfect book but it is a book that certainly left me thinking.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of The Paris Architect from Sourcebooks for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this post.