The House I Loved
From the New York Times bestselling author of Sarah’s Key and A Secret Kept comes an absorbing new novel about one woman’s resistance during an époque that shook Paris to its very core. Paris, France: 1860’s. Hundreds of houses are being razed, whole neighborhoods reduced to ashes. By order of... show more
From the New York Times bestselling author of Sarah’s Key and A Secret Kept comes an absorbing new novel about one woman’s resistance during an époque that shook Paris to its very core. Paris, France: 1860’s. Hundreds of houses are being razed, whole neighborhoods reduced to ashes. By order of Emperor Napoleon III, Baron Haussman has set into motion a series of large-scale renovations that will permanently alter the face of old Paris, moulding it into a “modern city.” The reforms will erase generations of history—but in the midst of the tumult, one woman will take a stand. Rose Bazelet is determined to fight against the destruction of her family home until the very end; as others flee, she stakes her claim in the basement of the old house on rue Childebert, ignoring the sounds of change that come closer and closer each day. Attempting to overcome the loneliness of her daily life, she begins to write letters to Armand, her beloved late husband. And as she delves into the ritual of remembering, Rose is forced to come to terms with a secret that has been buried deep in her heart for thirty years. Tatiana de Rosnay's The House I Loved is both a poignant story of one woman’s indelible strength, and an ode to Paris, where houses harbor the joys and sorrows of their inhabitants, and secrets endure in the very walls...
Publish date: February 14th 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages no: 222
Edition language: English
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The House I Loved is one novel that tries too hard. Through a combination of flashbacks and epistolary revelations to her long-dead husband, Rose Bazelet sets out to defend her actions, both past and present, to her friends, to future readers of the letter, and ultimately to readers of the novel. In...
This reads like Sarah's Key lite - a weary revisiting of similar themes of memory and losses (and houses) with no conviction in the writing - it is almost like a filler before Tatiana writes her next proper novel - at 221 pages with a lot of empty pages to denote chapters, it reads more like a novel...
An epistolary novel written from the point of view of Rose Bazelet, a 60 year old women, determined to oppose the modernization, or destruction, depending on your point of view, of old Paris. The Emperor and his Prefect have crafted a plan to tear down much of the city to make way for the broad bou...
A pleasant, historically interesting, but not gripping story set in 1860’s Paris during Napoleon III’s project to modernize the city by razing many of the winding medieval streets and replacing them with long straight boulevards. The book is written in as a series of letters by Rose Bazelet to her 1...