The Paris Architect

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9781402284311: The Paris Architect

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"A vivid, suspenseful story which keeps you gripped to the very last page. Charles Belfoure writes with great warmth, conjuring up an intriguing cast of characters, and painting a fascinating picture of Paris under the Occupation, with all its contradictions the opulence, and the fear." --Margaret Leroy, author of The Soldier's Wife

How far would you go to help a stranger? What would you risk? Would you trade your life for another s in the name of what is right? Belfoure explores these questions and others in this debut novel set in Paris during the Nazi occupation. Lucien Bernard who, like the book s author, is an architect is offered a large sum of money to outsmart the Gestapo by devising unique hiding places for Jews, though he knows that anyone caught helping them will be tortured and killed by the Germans. Danger is everywhere: Lucien s mistress, Adele, a successful fashion designer, has an affair with a Gestapo colonel. Lucien's new assistant will betray him in a heartbeat. Offered a juicy German factory commission that involves working with a Nazi officer who admires architecture and art, Lucien s web weaves more complexly. And when he falls in love with Adele s assistant, rescues a child, and contacts some of the individuals he s saved, the stakes grow higher and Lucien s thoughts turn from money to vengeance. Seamlessly integrated architectural details add to the excitement. Belfoure s characters are well-rounded and intricate. Heart, reluctant heroism, and art blend together in this spine-chilling page-turner. --Publisher Weekly 10.06.13

I read so many books this year that I loved Jeremy Adelman's biography of Albert O Hirschman, Worldly Philosopher (Princeton University Press), David Epstein's The Sports Gene (Yellow Jersey), and Jonathan Dee's magnificent A Thousand Pardons (Corsair) but my favourite was a novel I picked up entirely randomly, in an airport bookstore: The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure (Sourcebooks Landmark). It is a beautiful and elegant account of an ordinary man's unexpected and reluctant descent into heroism during the second world war. I have no idea who Belfoure is, but he needs to write another book, now! --Malcolm Gladwell, The Guardian 25.11.13

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When a wealthy industrialist offers Lucien a large sum of money to devise ingenious hiding places for Jews throughout the city, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life or refusing the job and starving. But Lucien agrees and begins designing hiding places so expertly concealed that the Germans could rip up an entire apartment and never find them behind a painting, within a column, inside a drainpipe. It isn t long before Lucien begins to feel emotionally invested in the lives he is saving. The Gestapo is on the hunt for Mendel Janusky, the richest man in Paris, whose vast fortune they wish to steal. As the Germans close in on Janusky, Bernard must design his most clever hiding place of all. When one of his clever hiding spaces fails horribly, he can no longer deny the Jews terrible suffering. He becomes committed to saving them, finding love, courage, and integrity he never thought he had.

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