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The Paris Architect
by Charles Belfoure

PBR Review The unique premise, the ingenious hiding places a talented architect can make for Jews to take refuge and the convincing transformation of Lucien are three things that will linger long after you turn the last page. As the book opens, Lucien has no moral compass. Instead, he is driven by ego and financial gain. He craves recognition as an architect and needs money. So, he accepts a job designing German factories for the enemy, and when offered a large sum of money from a wealthy businessman, he agrees to create hiding places for Jews. Initially, he is happy as long as the money flows. As things progress, Lucien begins to take pride in being able to outwit the Germans with his clever hiding places. Something in him beings to shift and he can no longer deny the realities of what he is doing and more importantly the reason he is taking huge risks with his life.Back.
Talking Points: This book explores many moral issues. War creates, fear create circumstances that cause people to act out of character. War also tests loyalties and beings into existence an environment of choices; risks are taken, or not. Nothing is sacred; war brings out the best and the worst in people.
PBR Reader Comments:
Intense and suspenseful story about the German occupation of Paris. The concept of an architect creating places for the Jewish to hide, was unique. This makes a great book club book.
by-Linda 2017/09/04, 09:14 PM

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