December 2018, one meeting – Mark Helprin, “Paris in the Present Tense”

Th., Nov. 13,  7 p.m. 

Host and Leader: Ellen Sherman

 

Mark Helprin’s powerful, rapturous new novel is set in a present-day Paris caught between violent unrest and its well-known, inescapable glories. Seventy-four-year-old Jules Lacour―a maître at Paris-Sorbonne, cellist, widower, veteran of the war in Algeria, and child of the Holocaust―must find a balance between his strong obligations to the past and the attractions and beauties of life and love in the present.