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Pure

By Andrew Miller

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A year of bones, of grave-dirt, relentless work. Of mummified corpses and chanting priests. A year of rape, suicide, sudden death. Of friendship too. Of desire. Of love...A year unlike any other he has lived. Deep in the heart of Paris, its oldest ce Continue

A year of bones, of grave-dirt, relentless work. Of mummified corpses and chanting priests. A year of rape, suicide, sudden death. Of friendship too. Of desire. Of love...A year unlike any other he has lived. Deep in the heart of Paris, its oldest cemetery is, by 1785, overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young, provincial engineer charged by the king with demolishing it. At first Baratte sees this as a chance to clear the burden of history, a fitting task for a modern man of reason. But before long, he begins to suspect that the destruction of the cemetery might be a prelude to his own.

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    Apprezzabili l'analisi dell'evoluzione psicologica del protagonista e la rappresentazione dell'atmosfera prerivoluzionaria; la distruzione del cimitero e della chiesa e alcuni dettagli sono, però, disturbanti, così che la lettura non può essere del t ...(continue)

    Apprezzabili l'analisi dell'evoluzione psicologica del protagonista e la rappresentazione dell'atmosfera prerivoluzionaria; la distruzione del cimitero e della chiesa e alcuni dettagli sono, però, disturbanti, così che la lettura non può essere del tutto piacevole...

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    Mauraccia said on Dec 27, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    radio-4, fradio, published-2011, summer-2012, plague-disease, historical-fiction, france, booker-longlist, conflagration
    Recommended for: Laura, Carey and all Radio listeners
    Read from August 25 to September 01, 2012

    BOOK AT BEDTIME - Abridged by J ...(continue)

    radio-4, fradio, published-2011, summer-2012, plague-disease, historical-fiction, france, booker-longlist, conflagration
    Recommended for: Laura, Carey and all Radio listeners
    Read from August 25 to September 01, 2012

    BOOK AT BEDTIME - Abridged by Jeremy Osborne Read by John Sessions.

    blurb - It's Paris in 1785. The cemetery of Les Innocents is the oldest in the city, but it is overflowing and can no longer hold on to its dead. Newcomers to the quarter are overpowered by the smell. It taints the breath and food of the locals. And some believe it can even taint the mind.

    By order of the King, the church and cemetery are to be destroyed and every last bone rehoused. The place is to be made sweet again. It shall be made pure.

    Charged with the task, Jean-Baptiste Baratte - a young engineer from Normandy - arrives in Paris. And thus begins "A year of bones, of grave-dirt, relentless work. Of ... chanting priests. A year of rape, suicide, sudden death. Of friendship too. Of desire. Of love...A year unlike any other he has lived."

    Andrew Miller was born in Bristol. He studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 1991 and finished a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing at Lancaster University in 1995. He lives in Somerset.

    His first novel, Ingenious Pain, was published in 1997 and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction). His third, Oxygen (2001), was shortlisted for both the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Novel Award. One Morning Like A Bird (2008) was also produced by Sweet Talk for Book At Bedtime on BBC Radio 4.

    Pure is Andrew Miller's sixth novel and won the Costa Book Of The Year award in 2011.

    Produced by Rosalynd Ward A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

    After the Cemetery of the Innocents (close to Saint-Eustace, in the district of the “Halles”) had been in use for several centuries, more and more complaints were made, because it was the cause of infections the inhabitants of the surrounding area suffered from. http://www.travelling-experiences.com...
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    not particularly compelling, but i like the background of the story: 1785 Paris, how romantic

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    Clio said on Jan 1, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    Exciting historical fiction...

    This is an intriguing tale of a civil engineer working in 18thC Paris, tasked to remove - in its entirety - a decrepit, overflowing and collapsing cemetery.

    Great fun, and with enough wine, love and verisimilitude to keep everyone happy.

    The ending ...(continue)

    This is an intriguing tale of a civil engineer working in 18thC Paris, tasked to remove - in its entirety - a decrepit, overflowing and collapsing cemetery.

    Great fun, and with enough wine, love and verisimilitude to keep everyone happy.

    The ending is VERY strange though - the final pages were (for me) a Great Mystery. Read it and see what YOU think is going on.

    Recommended.

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    Ian Hodgson said on Jun 3, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    Wouldn't recommend it.

    From the blurb it had great potential, the press gave it rave reviews, it won the Costa Book Award - but unfortunately it just wasn't my cup of tea.

    I enjoyed the opening, the language certainly evoked the smells, sights, atmosphere of 18th-Centur ...(continue)

    From the blurb it had great potential, the press gave it rave reviews, it won the Costa Book Award - but unfortunately it just wasn't my cup of tea.

    I enjoyed the opening, the language certainly evoked the smells, sights, atmosphere of 18th-Century France, its a shame the plot didn't match up.

    If you want some atmospheric, plot and character driven historical fiction, Michel Faber's The Crimson Petal and the White is 100x better than this.

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    Danielle D said on Mar 2, 2012 | 1 feedback

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 352 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 1444724282
  • ISBN-13: 9781444724288
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publish date: 2012-01-05
  • Dimensions: 168 mm x 838 mm x 1,270 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , Others , eBook
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