The Paris Architect

The Paris Architect

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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The New York Times Bestseller

"A beautiful and elegant account of an ordinary man's unexpected and reluctant descent into heroism during the second world war." -Malcolm Gladwell

An extraordinary novel about a gifted architect who reluctantly begins a secret life devising ingenious hiding places for Jews in World War II Paris, from an author who's been called "an up and coming Ken Follett." (Booklist)

In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money - and maybe get him killed. But if he's clever enough, he'll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won't find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can't resist.

But when one of his hiding spaces fails horribly, and the problem of where to hide a Jew becomes terribly personal, Lucien can no longer ignore what's at stake. The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we'll go to make things right.

Written by an architect whose knowledge imbues every page, this story becomes more gripping with every soul hidden and every life saved.

Publisher: Naperville, IL :, Sourcebooks Landmark,, 2013.
ISBN: 9781402284335
9781402284328
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: eBiblioFile
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lledomik
May 29, 2017

The concept of an architect hiding Jews is interesting, the execution of the story however falls flat. The writing lacks emotional complexity which makes most of the characters unconvincing. The story would have been better had Belfoure not attempted to include a romance. This was a story that just could not draw me in. Thankfully the writing was light and the chapters were very short so it was a quick read.

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dmckenziehague
Apr 06, 2017

Interesting story which includes many facets of life in Paris under Nazi occupation. I found the story a compelling read which offered a look into the minds of complex characters who under incredible stress would risk their life to save strangers.

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becker
Aug 16, 2016

This book takes place in Nazi occupied France during WWII and tells a story about the fear, guilt, threats and incredibly difficult choices that Parisians had to live with during that time. Overall - quite good.

Writing is unsophisticated and misses an opportunity to be good literature, not just good story telling. Nevertheless the plot is interesting and insightful. I did not know how the Gestapo pressured french citizens to expose hidden Jews and the moral conflict of working for the enemy to get enough to live is something we all need to remember before we judge those who had to live through these terrible times.

elvira13 May 30, 2016

good suspense; the characters are growing on you; makes you think how human nature can shine in difficult situations or how people can get lower than animals (didn't mean to offend any animal). warning - some scenes are difficult to read, too much cruelty...

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EmilyEm
Feb 11, 2016

Lucien, the Paris architect, finds himself with a predicament finding work during the WW II Occupation by the Germans. When a wealthy businessman offers him a commission to design a factory, he doesn't realize he will also be asked to design spaces to conceal Jewish people in hiding. Can he accept the work knowing it may change his life?
Great cast of characters in book that poses the moral dilemmas faced by the French people during that time. Writer is able to tell many stories without bogging the reader down with too many details. Plot moves right along with plenty of intrigue.

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Liber_vermis
Jan 11, 2016

In German-occupied Paris, when does working for the invader become collaboration? Does it make sense to risk the lives of other people by hiding a person sought by the Gestapo? Is the architect commonly a narcissist? This page-turner is laced with ethical and moral questions.

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shelleyfisher
Dec 08, 2015

Interesting perspective on a much covered topic. Good read.

dairyqueen Oct 15, 2015

I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. Very thought provoking.

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muffin0321
Aug 27, 2015

very good read- hard to put down.

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