Title: Paris Library, The
Authors: Charles, Janet Skeslien
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 412
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: Paris, 1939: Odile Souchet is obsessed with books, and working at the American Library in Paris for the formidable director Dorothy Reeder is all she has ever dreamed of. The Library and its thriving community of students, writers, diplomats and book lovers provide her with a safe haven.

When war is declared, the Library is determined to remain open. But then the Nazis invade Paris, and everything changes. The Nazi 'Library Protector' changes the rules overnight, declaring a war on words and making the librarians risk their lives to do their jobs.

Under the courageous guidance of Miss Reeder, Odile and her fellow librarians defy the authorities to make sure all their subscribers, even those deemed no longer desirable, get access to books and remain part of their community, whatever the cost. Choices as black and white as the words on a page become a murky shade of grey - choices that will put many of the wrong side of history, and the consequences of which will echo for decades to come

The Paris Library illuminates a seldom-seen slice of history: the role of women and their fate during the war. It also recounts the consequences of unspeakable betrayal, when the people we count on for understanding and protection fail us. [Taken from book blurb, John Murray Press]

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Easy to read with rich characters."

"I can imagine our discussion group really liking this book and I think we would have a good discussion."

"An easy read but very thought-provoking."

"As part of the book is based on history, it was interesting to read about the American Library during the Paris occupation in WW II."

"I like to read books where I learn something and it was good to read about this library. The librarians were so brave and dedicated."

"The leading character is a charming character and her strengths and flaws make her realistic and memorable."

"This book has a light touch and would be very suitable for those wanting an undemanding read."

Categories: Fiction, France, 2022 Titles - Coming Soon


[Please log in to write a review]

There are no on-line reviews yet.

Be the first to review "Paris Library, The"

The Book Discussion 
Scheme is a member of the Federation of Workers Educational Associations in Aotearoa New Zealand
BDS is a member of the Federation of Workers Educational Associations