Updated: Sep 15
With the combination of books, Paris, and a historical time period that I have become fascinated by over the years, this novel leaped off the virtual shelf and into my hands.
I discovered some unexpected parallels to the challenges we face today through the way this story was told. Despite the horrific conditions experienced by members of society during this dark era of our human history, it reminds me that regardless of what we think or wish to be, time continues to move forward, but we have a choice as to how we spend it.
The characters in this story were varied, each with their unique perspective on both personal and global circumstances. The dual timeline provided confirmation that, even when close to half a century passes, the elemental human needs and challenges we each experience remain the same. We all seek connection, and we each struggle to fit in while remaining focused on our true north principles.
The dialogue was witty and there were several poetic passages that I went back to read several times. The story was told well, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t offer that I wasn’t able to sustain that deep connection with the characters throughout it. There were moments of immersion and identification, but the seemingly abrupt transitions from one set of circumstances to another removed some of the emotional buildup that might have made it more compelling when reaching those pivotal moments which arrive quickly and sometimes without enough anticipation for me.
This may not have been my favorite story centered around this time in our human history, but the way it reinforces the powerful connection created by books, stories, and the people who believe in that connection will continue to make my heart smile for a long time to come.
Dave’s Rating: ☕️☕️☕️
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