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Lark

I love books set in Paris. I've been reading a lot of them lately: Belle Epoque, The Bones of Paris, and now I can add this one to my list. Your review makes it sound really good. Can't wait to give it a try. Thanks!

Danielle

The setting is definitely part of what makes the story so magical! I love Paris as a reading destination, too. Who wrote Belle Epoque? And I have Bones of Paris on my own wishlist, too!

vicki (skiourophile / bibliolathas)

That is such a beautiful looking book. I can't resist a book about Paris, and as for bakeries... Oh dear, bakeries... ;-)

Liz F

This sounds gorgeous! Any book which can remind you of Chocolat and Amelie has got to be worth searching out - I very rarely re-read books or re-watch films but both of those have been exceptions to the rule many times!
I have never been to Paris (apart from twice round the Peripherique but that's another story and we were heading elsewhere anyway!) but it is a very enticing place to read about whether in historical context or present day.

Penny

Your reviews are always thoughtful and probing, Danielle, but, this; well, this takes the cake (or is it the loaf of bread?). Wonderful. I will need to find "The Emperor of Paris"now. For sure.

Stefanie

A very pretty book to look at and the story sounds wonderful too. And now I am really craving a pastry!

cath

My library has both Richardson so you have done it again:),they will have to wait however till I finish my stay at the Siberian Lake Bajkal. (Tesson).

Margaret Powling

Oh dear ... another temptation you have put right in my path ...

Caroline

This sounds lovely. I'm totally in the mood to read it and see how he describes Paris. I wonder what I mix this up with as I thought it was a very long book.
Lovely review.

Lark

Elizabeth Ross wrote Belle Epoque...she got her inspiration from an Emile Zola short story called "Les Repoussoirs". I really enjoyed it and The Bones of Paris.

Danielle

I will have to look for the Ross--I have never yet read Emile Zola! Did you read The Bones of Paris on its own? It seems someone told me a previous Laurie King book had the same characters, so I thought to read it first.

Danielle

I agree with you there. Impossible to resist the real thing or reading about them. And I am very much in a Paris mood this month--February just seems like Paris month, doesn't it?

Danielle

Same for me--especially Chocolat which is a favorite. It is one of the few cases where I like the book and movie equally well, even though they are each slightly different. I have been really fortunate and been twice (very long ago sadly), though for very short visits. I want to go back someday. I love reading about the place--and it's one city where you feel like you've been even if you haven't--as weird as that sounds.

Danielle

What a nice comment Penny! Thank you! I'm not sure what it is--the cold maybe? I seem to have a bottomless pit of a stomach lately. And reading a book with so many yummy descriptions was good and bad! It's a lovely book and I hope you enjoy it too!

Danielle

It is a very nicely designed book--they outdid themselves. And I could do with a croissant about now, too!

Danielle

You will need something warmer after your stay in Lake Bajkal (unless it is summer there? :) ). There is something warm and cozy about Paris and bakeries, don't you think. Which book will you start with? I want to read his first book now, too.

Danielle

This is a temptation worth caving in to! :)

Danielle

I wonder what you will think since you know Paris well. For me it was lovely but then I am not so familiar with Paris. I have been in a Paris mood, too, and now can't wait to read his other book. His first novel is even shorter than this one. And The Emperor of Paris is not only not very long but has lots of short chapters and white space on the edges of the pages.

Liz F

Venice is the same. Even on a first visit you feel that you have been there before because so many of the sights are so familiar.
I agree with you about Chocolat - the film is just as enjoyable and I always 'see' Juliette Binoche when I read the book now but Johnny Depp is still not how I 'see' Red!
Requested The Emperor of Paris from the library and it is already waiting for me - yippee!

Kathy

I loved both Chocolat and Amelie, so it's likely that I would like this. Thanks for the review as I had not heard of this book before. I hope my library has a copy with the raised feather--it's a bonus when you get the tactile sensations with your reading.

cath

If possible, there was a note about it being in small print, I will start with The End of the Alphabet.
But I have requested both just in case :)

Lark

I've only read The Bones of Paris, but I didn't feel I was missing out on anything by not having read the previous book. So either way I think you'd be fine.

Danielle

That's good to know! I like reading in order (if there is a sequel), but I am getting much better at not worrying about it all so much. In this case I do have the first book so still might try and read it before buying or borrowing this newer book.

Danielle

I have been to Venice once and for just a few days, but the experience is still firmly implanted in my mind and I can totally imagine it still. Have you read Donna Leon's books--since we're on the topic of Venice. When I reread Chocolat I totally imagine the actors from the movie, too. I hope you like The Emperor of Paris--it should be a really quick read. I have his first book on hand, too.

Danielle

My copy of The Emperor of Paris has print that is not very tiny and lots of nice space around the text--quite a few short chapters, by the way, too. I have the paperback for The End of the Alphabet. My copy of it has smaller print as it is a paperback. I hope one or the other (or both) will end up having large enough print so you can read it easily!

Danielle

I know--I love a nicely designed book! Embossed covers and deckle edges make for a nice presentation, I think. I had wanted to reread Chocolat this year--timing it with Lent, but now February is almost over so I am not sure I will now or wait a bit.

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