Paris - The Novel, by Edward Rutherfurd.
Dad's been a fan of Mr. Rutherfurd's books since a friend gave him a copy of Russka in 1991.
Part history, part geography lesson, part trivia, this novel takes you from the early days of Cathedral Notre Dame to post-World War II Paris, stopping along the way for the construction of Eiffel Tower, and Gertrude Stein's salon. Dad read most of it on flights to and from Paris, put it aside reluctantly when my heart condition canceled his trip there, then quickly finished it.
Filled with trivia that will delight any Francophile, Paris - The Novel is a must for anyone who wants to learn about The City of Light.
Eiffel Tower photograph above © 2007 Bob Soltys All Rights Reserved