As you all know by now that Historical Fiction is one of my favourite genres to read. I stumbled across “The Paris Library” when I was looking for more suggestion in this genre from a BookBlogger. The best part about such books is that despite being a work of fiction, these books have a touch of reality.
“The Paris Library” is based on the true events during the Second world war in Paris, circa 1939 and another half is based in 1980’s with Odile, the protagonist and her war time journey.
Odile loves books and so decides to work at an english library, the American Library called The Paris Library. During the 2nd world war, when Nazi’s attack France, a lot of turmoil is going on in Paris. But the Library decides to keep its doors open for its readers, Jewish and Soldiers too. While at the library, Odile falls in love with a police officer. She makes new friends, and also sees friendship going down and people going against one another to survive the brutalities of Nazi’s. Loved ones are at stake, people are scared for their lives, others return to their homeland.
Come to 1980’s, Odile now stays alone, and her teenage neighbor, Lily takes interest in her. She starts asking Odile about her life and as the story unfolds with each page, you will experience Odile’s journey.
I like how the author; Janet S. Charles has crafted a perfect blend of well researched facts with a mix of fiction to tell this interesting story. The Paris Library still stays under the shadow on Eiffel Tower and celebrated its 100 years in 2020. A lot of paperwork and stories about The Paris Library are available on Google to read.
The author has touched upon some interesting details about the library. She has shown female characters to be very strong and committed towards the library. With this book you will experience love, loss, deceit, commitment, and conviction. I loved how history is shared and Odile’s past is discussed through two-time frames. We all take our time to come out of loss and when one has survived through a war time, the memories can only be painful.
I loved each page of this book. More so of the war times because, being a reader myself, I could feel the connect with Odile. Her passion for books and the commitment towards her work at the library is something I could resonate with.
So, if you like historical fiction, this book is for you. Undoubtedly a very good book that will take you through the 2nd world war and life of people in Paris.
I have also review one more Historical fiction which was partially based on true events, ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz” which you can read here.
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