Review - The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure - That's What She Read
“Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has Conversely, Adele, Manet, and even Lucien are at the other end of. At the end of my time I was fortunate enough myself to be able to take home a copy. The Paris Architect is such a unique and beautifully written story, and I would The dialogue and relationship between the characters was. At the end of their meeting, Herzog really connected to the drunk .. I started The Paris Architect not knowing if I'd like the book enough to keep reading it. . I also like the forming relationship between Lucien and Bette.
Belfoure develops moral contrast against the tensions between: Aubert, the master woodworker, is being tortured and then horrifically with his fingers being cut off one-by-one pages through at 11 rue des Saussaies by Voss, Lischka and Schlegel in order to force him to give up the location of Mendel Janusky, but he does not.
We learn late in the story, pagethat Bette Tullard takes in the Jewish kids of her neighbor, Mrs. The kids are protected by and live with Bette. Aubier was getting food to him page 95 where Cambon was hiding.
Cambon was killed resisting arrest by shooting his gun at the Gestapo soldiers. Aubier was his servant in his Rue Copernic home.
Aubier turned Cambon in for a bag of food. In occupied Paris, the French were starving. He writes that French turned non-Jewish Frenchmen in, especially the ones who ate well, because of the rationing and the starvation. Bring them downstairs to me. They are native born and bred French, except that Albert Serrault is a French Jew whose family goes back many centuries and Juliette is deemed a French Jew. All my ancestors have fought for France—the war against the Prussians and myself in the Great War.
I believed in the glory of France and always will. Lucien knew this would have a happy ending for a righteous man. Serrault calls Lucien a righteous man, which Lucien is reluctant to hear.
The collaborators of Vichy create another tension in their determination of who is a Jew. We read the introductory dialogue of Chapter 32 page Gaspard said nothing, gazing at the oriental rug in the vestibule of their apartment.
You do some meaningless act of sabotage like cutting some telephone lines or diverting freight cars in the wrong direction and get more of our people killed in reprisals. What about those poor bastards you got killed the other day?
Certainly not worth the life of one Frenchman. But we must fight back. To live defeated is to die every day. I heard de Gaulle on the BBC say that killing Germans makes it too easy for them to massacre unarmed citizens. He said you do more harm than good. The introduction of characters by the author continues.
He begins to follow him and cannot make-out what the mysterious routes are about that Lucien walks. The young Pierre, who is Jewish and protected by Lucien, knows Alain is a bigger problem than Lucien realizes. Pierre feels compelled to protect Lucien, since Lucien is his family now. Pierre secretly follows Alain who is following Lucien. His witnessing, from his own hiding place, the body of Madame being hoisted onto a truck by French laborers was too much for him page Pierre escaped the apartment building where the Madame Charpointier lived by going from roof to roof to find a safe place.
Pierre, a month after the Madame Charpointier murder, is presented to Lucien as not looking Jewish and that he is twelve. Twelve, without explanation in the story, is not consistent with the fact Pierre had had his bar mitzvah, meaning he is at least thirteen.
This fact the editor did not catch.
Lucien takes Pierre to his home after his separation from Celeste in Chapter Father Jacques is arrested by the Gestapo and assumed dead by this time in the story. He had visited it twice before, always hiding in a doorway down the street so none of the neighbors would see him and betray him to the Germans. He never figured out who betrayed them. The image of her dropping to the ground would never go away. She had been his protector, and Pierre had been powerless to save her.
The shame of sitting there and letting it happen haunted him every day. Pierre vowed that would never be repeated. Modern architecture and design [vi] had a social agenda, principally to make good design affordable for everyone, not just for the well-to-do. The modern designers saw machines doing the fine work of craftsmen and that fine homes and furniture could be affordable.
This notion liberates high design from historical references to the classical Greek, Roman and Gothic design allusions.
The modern design solution is executed by adhering to the law that form and function are a unity, a more realistic and socially moral approach to design. Sullivan is not quite accurately quoted. Whether it be the sweeping eagle in his flight, or the open apple-blossom, the toiling work-horse, the blithe swan, the branching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drifting clouds, over all the coursing sun, form ever follows function, and this is the law.
The Paris Architect – AP Literature Period 1
Where function does not change, form does not change. The granite rocks, the ever-brooding hills, remain for ages; the lightning lives, comes into shape, and dies, in a twinkling. It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function.
This is the law. Whether you are a writer, an editor, painter, sculptor, architect, clarity is the objective. Lucien sees modern design and architecture fighting for its existence as a matter of esthetics, and realizes as the story develops, its social and humanistic importance. Lucien sees architecture at first as his reason for existence.
Your writing has been compared to Ken Follett.
January Book Club Discussion With the Author: The Paris Architect
Do you find your writing to be similar? What authors inspire you the most? Amy I was flattered by the comparison. His book, Eye of the Needleis one of my all-time favorites. William Golding used his experience as an English schoolmaster to write the classic Lord of the Flies. The exception to this is Anne Tyler. It is heart-wrenching as a reader. Was that a difficult scene to write? So, yes, it was tough to put myself in the shoes of the couple and try to feel how it would be to accept death, to physically stuff handkerchiefs in your mouth and keep from crying out and betraying Manet and Lucien.
I wanted to show the reader an act of incredible bravery. Have you started thinking about your next project? Do you see yourself continuing to write historical fiction or delving into other genres?
Q&A with Charles Belfoure ~ The Paris Architect
There are some similarities between architecture and writing a novel. The basic plot idea forms the structure of the story, much like a steel skeleton holds up a building. Once the structure is up, you flesh out the story with detail and description like an architect would clad and detail the inside and outside of a building. Thank you to Charles Belfoure for joining us today in our book club discussion. I was so honored that he took our questions on his book! Our next book club pick will be announced on February 1st- stay tuned!
This post does contain affiliate links! What did you think of The Paris Architect? Were there any scenes that you really struggled with? It is a cold picture of the blinders people wear in order to survive.
Q&A with Charles Belfoure ~ The Paris Architect
Along the same lines, the torture scenes are also very uncomfortable to read. However, it is not the gory details, of which there are plenty, or the mere idea of torture that are the most disturbing. Instead, it is the idea that people would go to such extreme lengths to find one or two persons. Violence happens without warning, and people are brutalized in the most extreme fashions. As realistic as it might be, The Paris Architect is not for the easily disturbed.
In some regards, each of the characters is an archetype.The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
Colonel Schlegel is so extreme in his hatred and vengeance. Manet is too enigmatic in his compassion and contradictory collaboration.