Paris in the Present Tense

Paris in the Present Tense

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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Mark Helprin's powerful, rapturous new novel is set in a present-day Paris caught between violent unrest and its well-known, inescapable glories. Seventy-four-year-old Jules Lacour--a ma#65533;tre at Paris-Sorbonne, cellist, widower, veteran of the war in Algeria, and child of the Holocaust--must find a balance between his strong obligations to the past and the attractions and beauties of life and love in the present.In the midst of what should be an effulgent time of life--days bright with music, family, rowing on the Seine--Jules is confronted headlong and all at once by a series of challenges to his principles, livelihood, and home, forcing him to grapple with his complex past and find a way forward. He risks fraud to save his terminally ill infant grandson, matches wits with a renegade insurance investigator, is drawn into an act of savage violence, and falls deeply, excitingly in love with a young cellist a third his age. Against the backdrop of an exquisite and knowing vision of Paris and the way it can uniquely shape a life, he forges a denouement that is staggering in its humanity, elegance, and truth.In the intoxicating beauty of its prose and emotional amplitude of its storytelling, Mark Helprin's Paris in the Present Tense is a soaring achievement, a deep, dizzying look at a life through the purifying lenses of art and memory.
Publisher: New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781468314762
Branch Call Number: FIC Helpr
Characteristics: 394 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 17, 2017

Helprin is a very good writer. Book is contemporary, published in 2017, and covers the life span of Jules Lacour, born in 1940 in Paris. Since his parents were Jewish, their presence in territory under the control of the Nazis the Lacour family lived in hiding. Very suspenseful.

Jules lived through it but his parents didn't. Jules carried the haunting memory of living in the attic the rest of his life. Very gripping story about what is going on on France today. Though a novel there is very little doubt about the author's historical accuracy.

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