The House I Loved Hardcover – Feb 14 2012
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“In her quietly elegant 11th novel, the bestselling author of Sarah's Key again explores the idea of home as both sanctuary and embodiment of history… [Rose's] letters, poetic and honest, reveal a world soon to be destroyed by progress. A mesmerizing look at how the homes and neighborhoods we occupy hold not only our memories but our secrets as well.” ―People (3 out of 4 stars)
“De Rosnay’s delicacy and the flavor of her beloved Paris are everywhere in this brief but memorable book. Replete with treats, particularly for Paris-lovers―indeed for anyone wedded to a special place.” ―Kirkus (starred review)
“Those who enjoyed Sarah's Key will recognize de Rosnay's love for her native France and appreciate the poignancy and tenacity of her characters.” ―Booklist
“The core of Paris by a phenomenal novelist.” ―Elle (France)
“Fraught with drama, as the Sarah's Key author aims to create an immersive experience in a hugely transformative period in Paris…when the city was torn between modernity and tradition. In Rose, one gets the clear sense of a woman losing her place in a changing world.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Whether you approve of Baron Haussmann's modernization of the French capital or not, Tatiana de Rosnay's new book, The House I Loved, is sure to enthrall those who want to learn more about this fascinating period in history.” ―Out and About In Paris
About the Author
TATIANA DE ROSNAY is the author of ten novels, including the New York Times bestselling novel Sarah's Key, an international sensation with over 5 million copies sold in 38 countries worldwide that has now been made into a major film to be released in Summer 2011. Together with Dan Brown and Stieg Larsson, she was named one of the top three fiction writers in Europe in 2010. Tatiana lives with her husband and two children in Paris.See all Product Description
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The sights & sounds of Paris of 1860 simply seep through the beautifully written pages of this tender & touching book. A story as much about a house as it is about the lives lived within its walls. Secrets & passions alike.
Houses in every corner of the world, not just in Paris, do very much absorb the joys & laughter, tears & tragedy of the people who live in them for generations. Perhaps only ones of a certain age would grasp this concept, but indeed it is very real.
At the end of the book I believe I can say that I know Rose Bazelet personally, so vividly was her character portrayed through these pages.
This book is a testament, in my view, to the fact that `progress', however advantageous to the future, carries a price & a burden. Always! Something that young people would do well to consider. There is no future without a past.
It may not be fair to compare this novel to the previous two by this author since the story is completely different in writing style, content & tone.
`The House I Loved' is a mere 222 pages long, perhaps as it should be considering that it chronicles the ending of something rather than a beginning. I treasured every beautiful page of it.
For a book of just over 200 pages, it took me longer to read than I thought it would. It didn't have a steady clip, rather, it sauntered along. It was far too repetitive on Rose's statements about the destruction of her neighbour. Rose befriends Alexandrine the florist and Gilbert the ragpicker, two characters with much potential, but with surface sketches only. It seemed like a cop-out for Rose to say (a few times) that she didn't know much about their background. Why the author didn't flesh them out further seems odd. I was always taught in writing to show don't tell - this book was more about the tell, which is why it was not as compelling as it could have been.
Although Rose's letters to Armand are heartfelt, the story remained at surface level, not running deep enough to produce a grounded emotional pull. As my title states, I liked it and it certainly was not a waste of reading time, but as you can tell from my review, I didn't love it as much as Rose loved her house!
Oh my, it will stay with me awhile.
The story is unlike any that I have ever read before.. I learned a lot ..and it gave me lots to think about.
It is easy to read and always interesting from the very first page...
Do read it, it is wonderful..
Most recent customer reviews
An interesting read and overall I enjoyed the book. However, after having read "Sarah's Key", it was a bit of a let down. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2012 by Rose S.
I waited for this book, based on Sarah"s Key, which I loved. I gave up on this book about 2/3 through, which I never do, as I just couldn't take it any more. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2012 by shelleycga