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Pure; Andrew Miller
Author: Miller, Andrew, 1961-
Publication year: 2012
Classification: AFPBK
Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9781444724288 1444724282
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 engineer charged by the king with demolishing it. But before long, he begins to suspect that the destruction of the cemetery might be a prelude to his own.
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Available: 1
Total number of loans: 12
Number of reservations: 0
London : Sceptre, 2012

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This was a Christmas book-swap novel from a someone in my book group. The task was to share a book we thought others would really like/should read. I wouldn't have read this book and went in begrudgingly. What a fool I was -and what a great lesson for the new year, because this book was fantastic. I give the writing a pure 5, and although I was completely drawn in, it doesn't sit with my top favourites, but it is a fantastic story set just before the French Revolution about a young engineer who is tasked with tearing down the largest, oldest and smelliest cemetery in Paris in order to 'purify' the city. The descriptions had me there in 1785.
Tracy Hager

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