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"Haussmann, or the Distinction" brings alive, in fabulous detail, another era, set of social codes, and behaviours. Laid over this are eternal tales of love, duty, pain and survival.
Fact or fiction or a mix of both, the characters are interesting and rounded, and a pleasure to follow.
As author Paul Lefarge says in his introduction, the questions the novel asks are as valid today as they were 100 or more years ago. "How to build new things without demolishing old ones... How to preserve the past without living in in, which are as worth asking today as they were a century ago".
Beautifully written and read.. and well worth listening to.
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I'm an avid audible listener. This is the first book of about 100 audio books I have listenened to that I have ever been so negative about. It's probably because it reminds me of the dreaded high school assigned reading from my past. I would ask myself, "of all the millions of books published, why did they pick this tedious, boring, plodding one?"
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