The Emperor of Paris by C.S. Richardson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Brilliant, original storytelling. At first, I thought this book would be a Michael Ondaatje knock off, but I was wrong. The story is more rooted than an Ondaatje adventure; the mosaic plotting keeps us in suspense. Love, art, imagination, books, and an ending that is really the beginning.
OK, I'm being a bit vague. Here are three local reviews of the novel:
Also, a link to a CBC podcast of C.S. Richardson's love letter to Paris: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2012/09/cs-richardsons-love-letter-to-paris.html
Lastly, a video of Paris during the time of the novel (1900-1930):
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