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DescriptionA 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.
- Published: 05 January 2012
- Format: Paperback 352 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781444724288 ISBN 10: 1444724282
- Sales rank: 8,423
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Reviews for Pure
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I adored this book and read it in about 3 hours. I was in Paris in 1875 when I read it. Beautifully written, I found myself concentrating on every word where normally I skip chunks. Not only is this a glorious rendering of everyday life on Bourbon Paris but it made me think of mortality and life today. I urge to read it. by Katherine Stevens
Pure by Andrew Miller
This is the story of a young engineer who is sent to Paris to rid it of an abandoned church and cemetery that is full to bursting! It tells of the smells, the sights and sounds of the horrendous job in front of him. The story includes Rape, love, murder, insanity, destruction and the young mans naivety in carrrying out the task.
It is a strange read but somehow you are complelled to find out how it ends up. I can't say I loved it but it was certainly quite an interesting tale! by Penny Cunningham