Hardback Paris echo / Sebastian Faulks.
Publication year: 2018
Publisher: London : Hutchinson,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781786330215 (hbk.) :
Here is Paris as you have never seen it before - a city in which every building seems to hold the echo of an unacknowledged past, the shadows of Vichy and Algeria. American postdoctoral researcher Hannah and runaway Moroccan teenager Tariq have little in common, yet both are susceptible to the daylight ghosts of Paris. Hannah listens to the extraordinary witness of women who were present under the German Occupation; in her desire to understand their lives, and through them her own, she finds a city bursting with clues and connections. Out in the migrant suburbs, Tariq is searching for a mother he barely knew. For him in his innocence, each boulevard, Metro station and street corner is a source of surprise.
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298 pages ; 24 cm
This is a complex novel with a strong sense of place - Paris - where past and present and the cast of characters overlay and merge with each other. The story is told from the perspective of the two main protagonists, world weary academic Hannah and naive Moroccan student Tariq who wants to know more about his dead French mother's family. They each learn more about the recent history of the people of Paris but fail to communicate their discoveries to each other. I find his writing style a bit passionless and clinical and I must admit I found the story hard to follow at times, but I enjoyed the happy ending!