Yes, yes – we know. This was suppose to have been done weeks ago. We are so far behind, it appears as if we are ahead again! I really wanted to do this feature on a weekly basis. Even though it’s suppose to only be once a month. So I guess I’m half-way covered?
There are so many spins on the idea of Throwback Thursday, but I still like Davida’s idea the most:
- The Chocolate Lady’s #Throwback Thursday takes place on the Thursday before the first Saturday of every month. Yes, there is a linky and it will remain open until she uploads the new one. Thank Goodness. My first and last sometimes gets very confused.
- Your post must highlight one of your previously published book reviews and Davida encourages other participants to do the same.
- Add the link to your post and remember to link back to The Chocolate Lady’s Book Blog And do not forget to #ThrowbackThursday!
- When was this review first published? – 18 April 2016.
- Did you have any idea what you were doing? – I never really know what I’m doing. But with this review, I was still quite the novice and it’s obvious.
- Will you re-write this review? – No. It’s still how I feel about the book.
- Did you tweak this review? – Not at all. Left it just as it was first published.
- Will you re-read the book? No. Books with twists tend to be untangled once you’ve read them. It’s like those Elsa Dolls you get with the braided hair. Once you’ve unbraided the hair, it’s never quite the same again.
- Will you recommend others to read this review? Yes! It wasn’t a very popular book, so there aren’t all that many reviews available.
Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn’t really believe in. Ultimately he can’t resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces—behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe—detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails horribly and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.
Written by an expert whose knowledge imbues every page, this story becomes more gripping with every life the architect tries to save.
This is the first book of 484 listed on my Mommy’s TBR list. Yes, I know in comparison to some of you, her list is really insubstantial. It’s still a feat that will take her at least 8 years to complete with her current reading speed. So we do plan on using Books from the Backlog to really consider the importance of reading each book on that list. The Paris Architect will have to remain on first place for a month or two. But it has been moved to our monthly reads folder in order for my Mommy not to forget about it. Again. It’s been on that shelf since 01 July 2014. Six years is a long time to wait. Even longer than WWII, the event that made the above novel possible. And that remark is not meant as one of those the pretty and famous people use when they make an acceptance speech. We all wish it never happened.