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The Parisians   By: (1803-1873)

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In Edward George Bulwer-Lytton's historical novel, we are transported back to 19th-century Paris, where the city pulses with the energy of revolution, romance, and political upheaval. Set against the backdrop of the July Revolution of 1830, "The Parisians" offers a vivid and intricate portrayal of the lives of its diverse array of characters.

One of the standout aspects of this book is Bulwer-Lytton's meticulous attention to detail. From the bustling streets of the city to the opulent salons of the elite, every scene is painted with vivid descriptions, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in the atmosphere of Paris during this tumultuous period. The author's meticulous research is evident, as historical facts are seamlessly interwoven with the fictional narrative, enhancing the authenticity of the story.

The characters in "The Parisians" are compelling and multi-dimensional, each with their own hopes, dreams, and struggles. From the tenacious journalist, Frederic Lemercier, to the enigmatic Countess Clelia, Bulwer-Lytton creates a diverse cast that reflects the complexities of society at the time. Through their experiences, we witness not only the personal turmoil but also the larger societal tensions that ultimately shape their lives.

Moreover, Bulwer-Lytton's prose is rich and lyrical, displaying a flair for captivating storytelling. His writing style effortlessly transports readers to the heart of Paris, allowing them to feel the city's pulse and experience its vibrant culture. The narrative unfolds at a steady pace, maintaining suspense and building towards a satisfying climax that keeps readers eagerly turning the pages.

However, it is worth noting that "The Parisians" may not be suitable for those seeking a fast-paced, action-packed read. While the novel offers intrigue and romance, it primarily focuses on the intricacies of character development and the exploration of societal themes. As such, readers should be prepared for a more introspective and leisurely journey through the streets of 19th-century Paris.

In conclusion, "The Parisians" is a beautifully crafted historical novel that immerses readers in the heart of a city teetering on the brink of change. Bulwer-Lytton's meticulous attention to detail, compelling characters, and lyrical prose make this a captivating read for fans of historical fiction. With its exploration of revolution, romance, and the human spirit, "The Parisians" is an engaging and thought-provoking tale that will transport readers to a bygone era of French history.

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By Edward Bulwer Lytton


"The Parisians" and "Kenelm Chillingly" were begun about the same time, and had their common origin in the same central idea. That idea first found fantastic expression in "The Coming Race;" and the three books, taken together, constitute a special group, distinctly apart from all the other works of their author.

The satire of his earlier novels is a protest against false social respectabilities; the humour of his later ones is a protest against the disrespect of social realities. By the first he sought to promote social sincerity and the free play of personal character; by the last, to encourage mutual charity and sympathy amongst all classes, on whose interrelation depends the character of society itself. But in these three books, his latest fictions, the moral purpose is more definite and exclusive. Each of them is an expostulation against what seemed to him the perilous popularity of certain social and political theories, or a warning against the influence of certain intellectual tendencies upon individual character and national life. This purpose, however, though common to the three fictions, is worked out in each of them by a different method. "The Coming Race" is a work of pure fancy, and the satire of it is vague and sportive... Continue reading book >>

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