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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. 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 day of any French citizen living in Paris during the Nazi occupationLife definitely was not the same as before You had to watch everything you said and did Lucien had to make a decision about doing something he knew was very dangerous Lucien was an architect and was asked to design hiding places for Jewish friends of Auguste Manet a well known businessman in Paris Lucien feared for his life but couldn t pass up this offer Lucien agreed only because he had no money and because he would be paid a large sumYou will feel Lucien s fear as he is doing something he loves but also considering whether it is worth the cost of his life if he gets caught You will grow to love Lucien as his truly caring side comes out in the uncaring society of this eraYou will become immersed in Paris s new way of life that had to be endured and you will share the fear of the citizens as they waited for the dreaded knock on the door looking for Jewish residents or for a French citizen who was hiding a Jewish citizen The horrors of occupation will be with you as you read as well as become involved with the authentic characters and marvelous writing style The characters were perfectly portrayed from the deviousness and cruelty of the Gestapo to the cowering citizens The author has an easy style and draws you right into the storyTHE PARIS ARCHITECT is another WWII tale but with a different twist and one where the tension builds and your fear for Lucien increases as you rapidly turn the pagesThis is an excellent historical fiction book with some graphic scenes that depict the atrocities of WWII but will hold your interest until the last word because of the characters and their stories 55This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review

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The Paris Architect

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

Review The Paris Architect

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. While the method of illuding the Nazis mentioned in this book is one which doubtless would have been used this particular story itself is fictional These events are not drawn from one particular case rather the author says he got the idea from the story of Nicholas Owen a Jesuit lay brother who devoted the greater part of his life to constructing hiding places to protect the lives of persecuted priests during the reign of Elizabeth 1In 1942 Paris all Jewish people are being rounded up by the Nazis sadly for the Jews most of the French are unsympathetic to their plight Lucien Bernard is one of those French people he doesn t hate Jewish people but he wont go out of his way for them either He s an out of work architect too busy scrambling for a living A prospective client a very wealthy Auguste Manet offers him a new commission but only if he will agree to a secret commission Manet has been helping Jewish people evade and escape persecution and imminent death Desperate for money Lucien agrees but he s under no illusions about himself he s doing it purely for the money Life under the Boche regime is tough and he has a wife and a mistress to support As the first job is successful Manet talks Lucien into a second then a third and the work becomes almost like private game Lucien is having with the Nazis he loves the thrill of tricking them But it all gets personal for Lucien when Manet convinces him to care for a Jewish boy for a couple of weeks Lucien suddenly has the son he s always wantedThe story has not many likeable characters excepting perhaps Manet and Bette The Nazis are of course deplorable and the attitude of the French people toward the Jews leaves so much to be desired Charles Belfoure is the author of a couple of books about architectural history which I have not read But I m not convinced of his talent as a novelist Basically the story is very plausible and uite readable but his narration is somewhat stilted I did actually check to see whether the book had been translated from another language because for me that is how it flows It feels uite stilted and there is something amiss with the patternsflow of sentences Perhaps he just needs another editor who knows A story which maybe would have been a 4 star rating in the hands of a practised novelist but with Charles Belfoure it has to be only a 3


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 jus

  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

  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 excitement builds and builds and builds Parts are gruesome but the ending left a big smile on my face Yeah tons of funBut I have to tell you this the narration of the audiobok was t e r r i b l eby Mark Bramhall I mean

  4. says:

    While the method of illuding the Nazis mentioned in this book is one which doubtless would have been used this particular story itself is fictional These events are not drawn from one particular case; rather the author says he got the idea from the story of Nicholas Owen a Jesuit lay brother who devoted the greater part of his life to cons

  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

  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 longer loves his wife he has a mistress and he does not care about the Jews being plagued by the Nazis in occupied France

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us” Winston ChurchillCharles Belfoure a national bestselling author has penned a h

  9. says:

    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 day of any French citizen living in Paris during the Nazi occupationLife definitely was not the same as before You had to watch everything you said and did Lucien had to make a decision about doing something he knew was very dangerous Lucien was an architect and was asked to desi

  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 different perspective The story was engaging and suspenseful and in some passages so realistic that I felt s

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