The Paris Architect
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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.
The entire time reading, I kept imagaining the book as a movie. It’s beautifully written and educational. I did feel that the ending was a bit weak and left some characters’ plot lines unfinished. But otherwise, I couldn’t put it down.
Loved this book - so creative, great character development but a fast paced page turner! Read it!
Excellent Historical Fiction
Moving story about a life lived with a daily purpose of routine who finds, to his own surprise, a greater but deadly opportunity presents itself represents itself repeatedly. What a tremendous read that catches you from the first few pages. Recommended to me by two people, and both my husband and myself could not put it down.