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Laurie R. King makes 1920s Paris alive in this story of Harris Stuyvesant's search for young Pip Crosby. He follows Pip's trail through amusement parks, coffee shops, bookstores, an eccentric aristocratic mansion, a taxidermist's lab, and the gut-wrenching experience of the Theatre du Grand Guignol. Jefferson Mays's narration communicates the sounds, sights, and smells of a wide range of settings and characters. Mays gives voice to King's masterful storytelling. Dare we all hope that we'll hear and read more about Harris Stuyvesant? I do!
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
I love Paris. I love Paris in the 20's. I love the emerging modernists - Gertrude Stein, Hemmingway, and all of the other artists lurking the grotty streets after WWI. I love burly, noir protagonists.
This book had all of those virtues front-loaded into it, and it STILL was a complete chore to finish it.
Spoilerish-Alert: The plot - Girl disappears. Slouching, manly detective with pugilistic tendencies and a soft spot for pretty dames investigates. Girl is still missing, insert old flame with a fake HAND for cryin' out loud. Generate exactly NO sexual tension. Insert shell-shocked brother of old flame who has unexplained psychic abilities. Background for all of this is Dali, Man Ray, Hemmingway, and a creepy count all obsessed with death and making stuff out of bones. Have a few creepy but not very interesting nights at strange parties and boring gothic theatre experiences. Five minutes before end of book, prove that the character you suspected all along is a serial killer, but introduce completely tangential evidence and reasons that have almost no precedent.
By the end of the book, you're just begging for it to be over so you can go on to your next book.
Narrator does a good job with this endless story.
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What did you like best about The Bones of Paris? What did you like least?
The level of research and the familiar names from 1920s Paris bought it to life
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
This was a very disturbed piece of writing, not her usual fare at all. There were many times I just wanted to stop listening because it was simply gruesome. And depressing.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Pretty much anything with Nancy Berger - she was an upbeat character, one I liked in the story. Harris was good, but the other characters were unlikeable.
Could you see The Bones of Paris being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
I hope not.
Any additional comments?
Unless you like Horror, I wouldn't recommend listening to this book.