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The Emperor of Paris Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Aug 14 2012

4.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; 1st Edition edition (Aug. 14 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385670907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385670906
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“It is at once a painterly novel and a writerly one, the language delivered in the careful, enigmatic, deliberately restrained brush strokes of an impressionist, the whole image only gradually emerging into view as the sentences accrue. The spareness of Richardson’s approach has the opposite effect of what one might expect: his restraint with details lends weight and significance to every word, every image, and the novel shimmers with the heightened clarity of a dream. . . .
National Post

“It’s hard to rave noisily about such a quietly beautiful novel, but I will try. The Emperor of Paris is brilliant; it lingers; I will read it again, and again. (In fact, I will read every novel Richardson writes.) If you love finely crafted sentences and spare, elegant prose; if you love charming characters and a tender, affecting story; if you love books and Paris and boulangeries, you will love this novel.”
The Globe and Mail

“It is much too early in the year to be picking the year’s best books but I will be shocked if I read 5 novels better than [The Emperor of Paris] in 2012. Well, I’d be delighted actually as that would mean I will have read at least 6 perfectly presented stories that make one think back, meditate, feel and enjoy in warmth and human sympathy.”
Herald de Paris

The Emperor of Paris is a metaphorical feast for the senses, each sentence offering up some little detail—a richly hued peacock feather, a dash of raspberry jam—to linger over and savour.”
Winnipeg Free Press

 “The Emperor of Paris is a rich and well-told story of the transcendent power of art; it would not be surprising if it were to gain even greater accolades than The End of the Alphabet.”
Quill & Quire

“It is at once a painterly novel and a writerly one, the language delivered in the careful, enigmatic, deliberately restrained brush strokes of an impressionist, the whole image only gradually emerging into view as the sentences accrue. The spareness of Richardson’s approach has the opposite effect of what one might expect: his restraint with details lends weight and significance to every word, every image, and the novel shimmers with the heightened clarity of a dream. . . . the reader will be swept up, and will read with anxious, bated breath, yearning for that destined moment, that perfect singularity and culmination.”
—The Calgary Herald

About the Author

CS RICHARDSON's first novel, The End of the Alphabet, was an international bestseller published in thirteen countries and ten languages. Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (Canada & the Caribbean), it was named on four Best of the Year lists and was adapted for radio drama by BBC Radio 4. Richardson is also an accomplished and award-winning book designer. He lives and works in Toronto.


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C.S. Richardson's 'The Emperor of Paris' is a book that should be read at least twice, once to follow the storyline and characters and a second time just to savor his use of language, both as narration and description. Richardson's 'Emperor' is a deeper book than his 'End of the Alphabet' ; there are more characters, each of whom develops across a time span of three decades, and the book is rooted in a particular arrondissement in Paris. To go further would risk giving away the plot, and doing so in a way that would not do the writing justice. Simply put, this is a wonderful collection of stories, elegantly written and with an artist's eye for detail and observation.
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This book is pure magic. At the beginning you might scratch your head and wonder "where the heck is this story going?!" or even "is this a collection of short stories?" ... but that's where the magic begins. A baker and his wife have a boy. A designer and his wife have a daughter. The painter who isn't quite good enough for the master's to teach him and the booksellers son who is doomed to share his father and grandfather's fate - sitting on the side of the river hoping to sell a book or two. Independently all of these stories sound unimpressive ... and yet they all come together with such grace and through such beautiful imagery. I couldn't put it down. The joy of reading and telling stories, the beauty of pictures and what they bring to people. A classic in the making. This is truly a book meant for book lovers and readers.
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Another beautifully written book by CS Richardson. This author, this writer has perfected the writing craft. His use of language and story telling is masterful. Paris becomes alive with every sentence. The characters glow. I loved this book.
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This is a love story that has to be felt as well as read to be enjoyed. Like the smooth-flowing Seine that occupies the heart of this impressionistic tale of subtle and improbable romance, life unfolds at its own tantalizing pace. As this novel unwinds, the pedestrian pursuits, tastes, and expectations of the old world will gradually segue magically into a new world of feeling, desire and passion for the new and enchanting. People like Octavio and Isabeau will come out of their subterranean existences to learn that there is a whole new world of culture awaiting them at, of all places, the book stalls. Imagine falling in love with art because you have taken the time to discover what is taking place outside your narrow existence in, of all places, the heart of Old Paris. Hardly novel when one remembers that this process is how many of us learn over time, but it is the setting that makes the difference here. Richardson, by a series of clever artistic strokes, allows two lonely souls to be drawn together in the most innocent of ways: the return of a lost book they both have read and enjoyed The power of this novel comes in the fact that it grows on you. No big explosive moment; only the compelling feeling that it is going somewhere important in matters of the heart.
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The Emperor of Paris is a beautiful, and melancholic, love story. The series of characters and plotlines are interwoven in a natural way that doesn't seem forced, which makes their small interactions all the more plausible despite some of their fantastical characteristics. Loved it.
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The City of Paris and its inhabitants are the background, one small neighbourhood and the Louvre are the setting. Wonderful characters, well drawn. Worth re-reading and I don't often do that.
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If you are expecting a love story, think again. This is about the way to getting there. Nice historical backdrop in Paris and art museum.
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It took me awhile to enter into this story.....such a different way to describe all the characters, by the end I couldn't stop reading.
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