Top 10 Books on Paris

 

Who has not heard about the French Capital – Paris? This beautiful place has an official population of 2,206,488 people. This place is considered to be the most beautiful and romantic place in the world. Paris has been Europe’s hub for fashion, commerce, science, arts and finance. The delicious French Cuisine is talked about in every corner of the world today and so is the variety of wines one finds in this land of delicacies. A number of writers have found inspiration and plots in Paris.

Notre Dame de Paris ( The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

The Notre Dame Cathedral is impossible to not notice as a visitor. This book shows the splendid Notre Dame through the eyes of the writer – Victor Hugo.

Read it For:
To understand the beautiful intricacies of the beautiful and gloomy spiral staircases and the bell towers.
Don't Read it For:
This only talks about the Notre Dame.
What makes this book stand out?:
The very famous Victor Hugo throws light on the famous artifact in his own way and his eyes.

Les Miserables

This is one of the greatest novels of all times. This book introduces the famous character of literature – Jean Valjean.

Read it For:
Victor Hugo makes the readers go deep into the Parisian underworld and showcases the battle of the good and bad.
Don't Read it For:
This is no typical historical novel. It showcases the political scenario in the best of literature.
What makes this book stand out?:
The romantic and lustful criticism of the French political system is what makes everybody want to read it.

A tale of Two Cities

This is all about a political prisoner being released and reunited with his daughter in England.

Read it For:
TO understanding and sense the tranquil roads of London and the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris.
Don't Read it For:
A long read with vengefulness and blood might not go too well with all readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
There is hardly anybody who have not read this novel by Charles Dickens. It is a classic novel with the perfect blend of mystery and romance.

A Moveable Feast

This novel beautifully captures what it is to be poor, young and writing in Paris. Set in the 1920s, this showcases the glimpses of the Great Wars and the transitional period of the Europe’s cultural landscape.

Read it For:
The beautiful narrative journey.
Don't Read it For:
It is a classic and the romantic form of writing is monotonous for a number of readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The epic writing style and showcasing the struggle of the poor and wanting to live.
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Anna and the French Kiss

This is all about a girl called Anna who is supremely excited about her senior year in Atlanta- where she has a great job and crush who is on the verge of becoming someone special.

Read it For:
A classic romantic tale with fresh narration.
Don't Read it For:
It is a little of a fairy tale and might not be liked by all.
What makes this book stand out?:
The beautiful and fresh narration and the romantic air in the book.

The Count of Monte Cristo

This is about Edmond Dante- the famous and successful merchant sailor who was thrown into prison for no fault of his own. It is his journey in the prison which makes this book a must read.

Read it For:
to understand the journey of the famous merchant sailor and how he heard about the hidden treasures and how he unearthed the treasure to plot a master plan of destroying the men responsible for his incarnation.
Don't Read it For:
A little too much of drama is associated.
What makes this book stand out?:
The epic narration and the determination of the protagonist

The three Musketeers

This is one of finest works of Alexandre Duma. It talks about chivalry, honor, pride, romance – set in the 1620s in Paris.

Read it For:
One should read it for the heroines, romantic gestures, kings and queens and all the conspiracy and lust
Don't Read it For:
Do not read it if you are not looking for a dramatic approach of romance, royalty and patronage.
What makes this book stand out?:
The excellent narration of the classic tale makes this book a must read

Perfume: The story of a murderer

This is a twisted tale of how a man’s indulgence in his greatest passion – smell- lead to serial murders.

Read it For:
This is a bestseller and an international sensation. One should read it for the twistedness
Don't Read it For:
The storyline is set in a spine-shivering way, which does not go too well with all.
What makes this book stand out?:
The way the book has narrated the ‘scent’ is absolutely splendid and makes everybody want to read it.

The Sun Also Rises

This classic novel by Ernest Hemingway is a poignant look at the disillusionment and the angst of the post – World War I.

Read it For:
The classic narration of the writer.
Don't Read it For:
certain parts seem to get monotonous.
What makes this book stand out?:
The classic narration and the information put together in an interesting way is what this book is all about.

The Red and the Black

This is about a journey of a handsome and ambitious Julien Sorel to win the world.

Read it For:
To understand the slyness with which success can be achieved.
Don't Read it For:
This is a satirical tale of the French society which might not go too well with all kinds of audience.
What makes this book stand out?:
The excellence with which the various aspects have been showcased in the novel is what makes everybody want to read it.

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