These Dividing Walls One Parisian summerA building of separate livesAll that divides them will soon collapse In a forgotten corner of Paris stands a building Within its walls people talk and kiss laugh and cry some are

  • Title: These Dividing Walls
  • Author: Fran Cooper
  • ISBN: 9781473641532
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One Parisian summerA building of separate livesAll that divides them will soon collapse In a forgotten corner of Paris stands a building.Within its walls, people talk and kiss, laugh and cry some are glad to sit alone, while others wish they did not A woman with silver blonde hair opens her bookshop downstairs, an old man feeds the sparrows on his windowsill, and a yoOne Parisian summerA building of separate livesAll that divides them will soon collapse In a forgotten corner of Paris stands a building.Within its walls, people talk and kiss, laugh and cry some are glad to sit alone, while others wish they did not A woman with silver blonde hair opens her bookshop downstairs, an old man feeds the sparrows on his windowsill, and a young mother wills the morning to hold itself at bay Though each of their walls touches someone else s, the neighbours they pass in the courtyard remain strangers Into this courtyard arrives Edward Still bearing the sweat of a channel crossing, he takes his place in an attic room to wait out his grief.But in distant corners of the city, as Paris is pulled taut with summer heat, there are those who meet with a darker purpose As the feverish metropolis is brought to boiling point, secrets will rise and walls will crumble both within and without Number 37

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    1. Book Reviewed by Stacey on whisperingstoriesWhilst the setting in Paris, France might have you reaching for the book, what is inside is far beautiful than any city could ever be Between those creamy, orange covers is a story about life and the residents of the apartment building, Number 37 Rue des Eglantines, that has stood on the street corner for many decades.Whilst the main character might be the young English Edward Rivers, who has taken up residence in his friend s apartment as he tries to [...]

    2. There s a lot to like about this book in terms of its warmth, its human interactions and its social conscience, but I couldn t help thinking it tried too hard to be quaint, colourful and consciously Parisian though this is the Paris of Am lie, a picture postcard from a nostalgic past, rather than anything recognizably contemporary The character names are a giveaway old fashioned names suggesting the France of the Fifties, rather than the present day The language Too many unnecessary verbal remin [...]

    3. 4.5 sThese Dividing Walls is the first novel by British author and museum curator, Fran Cooper Number 37 Rue des Eglantines is not in the fashionable, tourist frequented part of Paris It s far back on the Left Bank, tucked in a warren of quiet streets, a block of apartments with two shops on the ground floor It s the place where Englishman Edward Rivers has come to escape He s staying in a tiny top floor apartment that belongs to his friend, Emilie Her aunt Frederique is the first to welcome him [...]

    4. FULL REVIEW HERE weavinglife.wordpress 2013.75 STARS I found this book really interesting but super lacking in plot This is essentially a character study of people living in an apartment building, and how the political backdrop of France effects them I did enjoy the writing style the most as it was beautiful and found myself hoping for a happy ending for many of the characters A full review will be ok my blog on Friday

    5. I received an uncorrected proof copy in exchange for an honest review.This book promised than it could chew I was disappointed, and agree with a previous reviewer who wrote it lacks a plot To me it feels like the author has attempted to write a feelgood novel mixed with a little preaching on the social inequalities in the world and what they may lead to.I don t like, or empathise with the characters They feel too one dimensional, and their objectives are too predictable obviously the person who [...]

    6. Read a proof Absolutely loved this book It s timely, thoughtful, thrilling, and deeply human Can t wait to see it come out for the world to enjoy

    7. I didn t know what to expect when I found These Dividing Walls I think I had seen something about it somewhere but decided not to read it It was obviously contemporary but then discovering the book in my favourite bookshop Lorelei, I took a closer look at the prose and then straight away knew that I couldn t ignore such beautiful writing and for a first time novelist a young English woman writing about the French Who can resist that Cooper sets the scene with elegance and a wonderful flow We beg [...]

    8. A ship of fools story set in the real Paris, the Paris few visitors experience A glimpse at a disparate group of people struggling to live in a hot, steamy, dusty and doubtless over priced apartment building in an unfashionable Parisian suburb, all living mundane, workaday, recognisable lives against a backdrop of rising political tension, the divisions of race and religion, and the ever present threat of terrorism Each character has their own demons to battle, their own struggles, and though I [...]

    9. In a rundown, unfashionable part of Paris, far removed from the romance and grandeur of the City of Love a young Englishman arrives looking for a safe haven following a family tragedy As he tries to deal with his own inner confusion he becomes embroiled in the lives of his many neighbours and their worries, their dislikes, their uncertainties represent a sense of wider change and growing agitation in Paris as a whole.There is so much to enjoy in These Dividing Walls She writes with impressive as [...]

    10. I was really, really impressed with this book despite being a debut is it has such an assured feel to it From the beginning I was drawn into the stories of the various individuals living at Number 37, storing up the nuggets of information provided by the author about each character I felt a bit like James Stewart s character in Hitchcock s Rear Window, eavesdropping on the residents of the neighbouring apartments.Number 37 seems to act as a microcosm of society, not just French society There are [...]

    11. Such a cleverly interwoven plot The interconnections between each of the characters is effortlessly portrayed as we witness the whole spectrum of emotions and complex parallel lives residng under one roof in a seemingly ordinary corner of Paris A deeply affecting, intelligent read.

    12. Stories about people in apartment buildings are a bit like stories about groups of school mates for me you invariably have a mixed bunch of characters who are tied together because they have one physical thing in a common a building I generally quite like these stories, which is why I picked up Fran Cooper s These Dividing Walls the very pretty cover also swayed me.These Dividing Walls is about a particular apartment building in Paris It s described beautifully, just as I imagine the quintessent [...]

    13. These Dividing Walls takes the reader on a journey into the lives of the inhabitants of an apartment block in arrondissement Paris, drifting seamlessly from one character s perspective to another Meet among others, Edward and Fr d rique, both stricken by grief depressed and emaciated mother of three Anais and her absent husband Paul Chantal and her lost and disillusioned husband C sar Vincent Madame Marin, the gardienne who runs a hairdressing salon in the courtyard and slips out in the night th [...]

    14. Visit Paris with this novel An apartment in Paris filled with people from all corner of the globe now I ve lived in such a place and didn t know my neighbours either that planted the seed for wanting to see behind the closed doors of this apartment block There s something delicious about peaking behind the curtains or lack of as is the case in France and seeing what people get up to There s the curious in all of us and this is a fascinating insight into a multicultural French society.Crime and t [...]

    15. I couldn t finish it It became all about the politics And I understand how much Paris is dealing with politics now and a terrorist mess because of their policies Just not my cup of tea to be entertained with.

    16. During the course of one hot summer in the back streets of the left bank of Paris, in number 37 Rue des Eglantines a building holds the stories, solitude and secrets of it s residents lives Within the confines of their homes people are unaware that soon the things that divide them will collapse and they will all be affected by the events of that heady summer Into this summer comes Edward Rivers, an Englishman with his own story taking an attic room from a friend, Emilie in her Aunt Frederique s [...]

    17. Novel set in PARIS a story ver much of our times Edward, struggling to come to terms with the untimely death of his sister, is offered the use of a tiny studio apartment in Paris by his university friend, Emilie It seems an ideal solution, allowing him to escape into the anonymity of a big city and he spends his time crashing out in exhaustion in the tiny bedroom of the apartment, or else meandering around the Parisian bars trying out his schoolboy French.Number 37, in the Parisian suburbs, repr [...]

    18. I think this was an incredibly fitting read to finish just before I left for my vacation, which begins and ends in France, particularly Paris This novel follows the residents of Number 39, which is separated into two different buildings, who are having to cope with the strange new landscape of Paris as it becomes encroached with the clash of nationalism and socialism, the growing paranoia following several terrorist attacks, and how the city copes and continues following a fictionalized attack o [...]

    19. Number 27, an apartment building in the little backstreets of Paris, houses behind its turquoise door a myriad of characters each with their own story to tell.Madame Frederique Aubry lives alone, running the bookshop on the ground floor Madame Marin, gardienne of the building and owner of the hairdressers Cesar Vincent, President of the Residents Association lives with his lovely wife Chantel Then there is Anais, her husband Paul and their three children.Add into the mix, Edward, escaping from t [...]

    20. I just really liked this book As other reviewers have said it isn t exactly plot heavy but it still covers important issues An old building on a quiet Parisian street is home to a variety of characters with their own stories of how they got where they were The ones that stand out the most are Edward, the young Englishman staying in a friend s apartment in the building, while he is trying to heal after the death of his sister His friend s aunt Frederique recognises that same look in his eyes of s [...]

    21. These Dividing Walls is such an important book I merely bought it as I was rushing through an airport and wanted something with a French flavour My word, did I get so much for my money This book is both well written and well researched Fran Cooper manages to draw you in to a story that seems to be all about a young man trying to escape a tragic accident in England, but weaves together the stories of so many other authentic characters whose attitudes to the social justice issues of our time make [...]

    22. Great little read no great plot but it s all about the characters and all their secrets who inhabit an old apartment block in a quiet part of Paris, number 37 with the turquoise door

    23. An elegant, witty and big hearted novel Cooper takes us into the minds of a wide range of characters with astonishing talent and compassion Definitely recommend.

    24. This is not a book I would pick up very quickly but something was grabbing my attention.The apartment building is filled with different peoples with their own backstory This book is pretty short for the number of characters and the subjects that are touched The most impressing thing was that none of those stories felt neglected The book is filled with anger and grief It is hard to imagine happy things do happen in the world Still there is love and a lot of vulnerability too I think I would use t [...]

    25. Possibly the longest read of my life I m going through a bit of a tough time so concentration levels are seriously low but this was HARD I didn t dislike it, it just didn t grip me The characters are all fairly interesting although I did struggle to keep up with who was who Some people have said it lacks plot and while it maybe does to an extent, there is a sense of being in the midst of the real, gritty Paris I appreciate that I was torn between 2 and 3 stars, not because it s bad, just because [...]

    26. I read almost the first half of These Dividing Walls Whilst I found it quite overwritten at its outset, I soon settled into it, and met some rather interesting characters Those that I found interesting are shadowed by some who are a little dull, and not that well developed either there were also far too many of them introduced in such a short space of time I enjoyed the concept of the novel than its execution.

    27. This book is about a Parisian building and its occupants during a time of racial unrest I really wanted to like it but for some reason it didn t engage me like other books have I d give it 3.5 stars if I could though because it was good, just not great

    28. Recensione Il nostro piccolo pazzo condominio un libro descrittivo Sin dall inizio sembra di essere davanti a un quadro che prende vita pian piano Immaginate di avere davanti un palazzo, in questo caso un palazzo antico di Parigi, ed una luce che illumina di volta in volta un appartamento dello stabile dando vita ad un intreccio di storie e di vite A questo quadro vivente che trova spazio in una Parigi moderna si aggiungono tematiche importanti, tra cui quella dell integrazione, quanto mai attua [...]

    29. esmeraldaviaggielibri iRecensione di Sara Buongiorno Smeraldi, oggi vi parlo del nuovo romanzo di Fran Cooper, Il nostro piccolo pazzo condominio edito da Newton Compton.La storia che sto per raccontarvi s , la storia di un uomo, Edward, che corroso dai ricordi e dai sensi di colpa, decide di scappare dalla sua Inghilterra per cercare rifugio nella meravigliosa Parigi, ma anche la storia di un intero condominio tipico parigino.Edward non si ritrover nella Parigi romantica, sfarzosa e illuminata [...]

    30. MeinungDa der Klappentext nicht viel ber den Inhalt verr t, war ich gespannt, was mich hinter der T r von Nr 37 erwartet Allein durch das Cover und die Tatsache, dass die Geschichte in Paris spielt, hat mich zu diesem Buch greifen lassen.Die ersten Kapitel klangen sehr gut doch ein kurzer Abschnitt danach hat sich etwas gezogen und ich war mir nicht sicher, in welche Richtung sich die Handlung entwickeln w rde Der weitere Verlauf schien zu treiben und war noch nicht ganz zu erfassen.Doch je mehr [...]

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