Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks

Paris Echo

A story of resistance, complicity, and an unlikely, transformative friendship, set in Paris, from internationally bestselling novelist Sebastian Faulks.American historian Hannah intends to immerse herself in World War II research in Paris, wary of paying much attention to the city where a youthful misadventure once left her dejected. But a chance encounter with Tariq, a Moroccan teenager whose visions of the City of Lights as a world of opportuni...

Details Paris Echo

TitleParis Echo
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherHenry Holt & Company
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Cultural, France, Literary Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews Paris Echo

  • Paromjit
    Sebastian Faulks gives us a novel focusing on two outsiders who arrive in Paris, American Hannah Kohler who returns to the city after 10 years when a love affair with a Russian poet, Aleksandr, broke her and from which she has never recovered and 19 year old Tariq Zafar from Morocco, who wants to know more about his dead French mother. Hannah is working on a project for her American professor who wants her to research a chapter for her book looki...
  • Angela M
    I’m right down the middle on this one, so I’m giving it three stars. There were certainly things I liked about it, but there were some things that didn’t work for me. The narrative alternates between two characters who are very different, yet alike in some ways. Their paths cross in Paris while they are on journeys of self discovery and a friendship evolves. While they do connect, I had a problem connecting with them and felt removed from t...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 stars to this story of unlikely friendship! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Hannah is an American historian, and she’s studying World War II in Paris (sounds like something I’d love to do!). She harbors some resentment towards the City of Lights due to something in her past when she was younger. Hannah meets Tariq, a Moroccan teenager, who sees Paris as a land of opportunity in stark contrast to his own he is fleeing. In need of a place to stay, he ends up...
  • Roman Clodia
    Hmm, that 'Echo' in the title feels well-placed as this book seems to me to be channelling too many previous books: how many times have we read of the PhD/postdoc researcher who is uncovering stories from the archive, for example? (And I do wish authors could get their facts straight: it's pretty much impossible for someone with a PhD to walk into a postdoc without competition and without having published anything). In this case, the tales of wom...
  • Michael
    This is lighter and less dramatic than Faulks’ rather grim but magnificent magnum opus “Birdsong”, about a Brit’s life shaped by fighting in the trenches of World War 1. Here we get a tale of two characters recently come to Paris, Hannah, a serious American of about 30 who is studying the lives of women during the German Occupation during World War 2, and Tariq, a Moroccan youth of 19, seeking adventure and possibly some knowledge of the ...
  • Jo (A follower of wizards)
    I had to stop and check whilst reading this book, to check that it was really written by Sebastian Faulks, the author of the wonderful book "Birdsong" To me, this just didn't feel like his style of writing. It was just a tedious mess of an apparent dreary romance, crossed with a nineteen year old man that became homeless, that seemed to be on a constant quest to have sex. To learn that he had an erection every chapter did absolutely nothing for t...
  • Dan
    Where’s Sandrine? What happened to Clémence? How did Hannah score that fabulous Paris apartment on an academic’s salary, and who’s her rental agent? Would you invite two strangers to live in your apartment, like Hannah, or would you ask a teenage boy stalker into your apartment, like Clémence?Sebastian Faulks’ Paris Echo is a novel of contemporary Paris centering on three main characters: Hannah, an American academic in her 30s on resea...
  • Marjorie
    Hannah is an American historian who is in Paris to do some research. She’s writing about the lives of women who were present in Paris during the German Occupation. She listens for hours to recordings these women made detailing what living in Paris was like at that time and how these women felt about the German soldiers. As she walks the streets of Paris, memories of her time there ten years before and the love affair she has never gotten over b...
  • Jonathan Pool
    This is Sebastian Faulks’s fourteen novel, he has been published continuously over thirty five years. So it’s probably unreasonable to expect very much that’s new from him, or unexpected. Staple Faulks subject matter encompasses Paris Echo, and the title of the book tells the reader to prepare for more settings viewed by an avowed Francophile. World War Two is revisited as Petain’s Vichy France is once again put under the microscope, and ...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Things you would learn from reading this book (many of which you may know, but some of which you may not):- Extensive detail about the Paris metro – the lines, stations (and the reasons for many of their names) and interchanges - Paris has many districts away from the main tourist areas, each with their own character- Paris was occupied in the Second World War, and the occupation (particularly when it looked like the Axis powers would win the w...
  • Thebooktrail
    Visit the locations in the novelThe story is separated into chapters each of them named after a metro station or area of the city. (It’s actually a really fun and quirky way of finding your way around as well) Paris is the city for reading its history through the names of its stations and streets. Some of them reveal historical battles, figures and a moment in time. Every one is a chapter in Tariq and Hannah’s stories.I found the characters o...
  • Lorna
    Paris Echo is the latest historical fiction novel by one of my favorite British authors, Sebastian Faulks. This lovely book alternately tells the story of American historian Hannah Koehler, who has come to Paris to research women taking part in the French Resistance during World War II and the Nazi occupation of Paris, and that of Tariq, a young teenager who has fled his home in Morocco to come to the City of Light to see if he can learn more abo...
  • Krista
    Rating: 3 stars (Rounded up from 2.5)This book wasn’t what I expected from Sebastian Faulks. It was a bit all over the board as to what type of genre it's meant to be. There is some contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and magical realism in this book. These genres sometimes worked well together, but sometimes they were dissonant, and it took me a bit of work to figure out what was going on. In modern-day Paris, the stories of Hannah; an A...
  • Cathy
    Paris Echo is one of those books where, whilst recognising the skill of the author and the quality of the writing, I found myself wondering if I was quite clever enough to understand everything the author was trying to communicate. It’s partly for that reason that I’m only now writing this review although I read the book some weeks ago…The book explores a number of themes including abstruse (to me, at least) concepts such as ‘autoscopy’...
  • Jackie Law
    “Who cares about history?”“We weren’t remembering it anyway. We hadn’t been there – neither had our teachers, nor anyone else in the world – so we couldn’t remember it. What we were doing was imagining it…”The ideas at the heart of the Age of Enlightenment spread across Europe in the eighteenth century and are credited with inspiring the French Revolution. Paris became a centre of culture and growth that welcomed artists, phil...
  • Kristi Schmitz
    I am SO SO SO excited to talk about my most recent read, Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks! I have to admit, apparently I've been living under a rock for some time because I was completely unfamiliar with Faulks, an incredibly successful and gifted (not to mention internationally bestselling) British author. Paris Echo is about an American scholar named Hannah who has returned to Paris, a city which has rendered her heartbroken and defeated in the ...
  • Leah
    Hidden histories...Two strangers in Paris for very different reasons meet, and through them the reader is taken to two important parts of France’s past – the Nazi occupation of France and France’s own colonial occupation of Algeria. Hannah is a post-doctoral student, in Paris to research a chapter for a book on women’s experiences during the Nazi occupation. Tariq is a 19-year-old from Morocco, who has left his comfortable home to try to ...
  • Molly
    PARIS ECHOI liked this book. Hannah, a 30 something American woman researching the role of women during WWII, and Tajik, a 19 year old Moroccan young man searching for information on his Parisian mother, share an apartment through odd circumstances in Paris. Both learn a lot about the history of France and about themselves.Not a lot of answers here, more a free flow of events. But it sure feels like Paris comes alive through this eclectically nic...
  • Rob Twinem
    Tariq Sandrine, a Moroccan teenager, has taken the decision to travel to Paris in part to discover something about his Parisian born mother...."Paris and its beauty, by its pavement cafes and its trees and bridges, by its cathedral floating on the stream and all the other charms to which no sane person could fail to respond"...... Hannah is in Paris as part of her studies; a thesis she is writing on the women of Paris during its occupation by the...
  • Catherine Davison
    I think Faulks has overstretched himself here, there is too much going on. The main present day characters are too one dimensional and underdeveloped. At times I wondered whether Tariq and Hannah were merely there to serve as techniques to carry forward the more believable and far more interesting stories of the Parisian women whose lives under the occupation Hannah was researching.Those stories of the wartime women and their families and travail...
  • Mairead Hearne (
    My Rating 3.5*‘How much do we really need to know if we are to live a valuable life’Paris Echo is a book that I have been looking forward to reading, as I am a long time fan of Sebastian Faulks. Having loved the French Trilogy, Birdsong has always been one of my top reads ever. I’m always hesitant in picking up a new release from any author I admire, as my expectations are always quite high. So what did I think….Paris Echo tells the story...
  • Kathy
    Two narrators take us on a visit to Paris, both of them outsiders. It is an easy job to experience the city through the eyes of Tariq, a young man from Morocco on a mission to connect with the French roots of his dead mother. Our other older narrator, Hannah, is American, gathering research for publication in a journal covering experiences of French women during the German occupation of Paris. Tariq is guided toward lodging with Hannah by another...
  • Alison Hardtmann
    I have enjoyed every single book by Sebastian Faulks that I have read, and loved On Green Dolphin Street so much, so my reluctance to read Paris Echo makes no sense at all, except that the bare outline of the description made me nervous. Hannah, an American post-doc, comes to Paris ten years after her last stay, to do research into the lives of ordinary Parisian women during the Second World War. Tariq is an Algerian teenager who, through a serie...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    The City of Lights also has a dark history, and some of the effects of the past are illustrated within a fictional story in Faulks’ latest novel. It takes place largely during the contemporary years (circa 2006) and during the Occupation of France, specifically Paris and the Vichy government, during WW II. At that time, when Germany was in power, the French government cooperated with the Nazis, killing German enemies and rounding up Jews for de...
  • Tripfiction
    Novel set in PARIS, past and present.....Sebastian Faulks, renowned Francophile, sets his new novel in Paris and his affection for and knowledge of that city is apparent in every page. Paris Echo gives us a detailed look at Paris today – not the city that the tourists see but rather what lies behind that glamorous façade for this is the Paris of migrant workers and lost souls. So vivid is the description of travelling around Paris by metro tha...
  • Sylvie
    I came to this book full of expectations, after hearing Sebastian Faulks interviewed on the BBC. "Paris Echo" promised the elements that attract me. It is set in Paris, so it would have a French flavour. It touches on the Resistance, which was a strange time in France, and also the tangled colonial past. And it is set in the present. Curously, Faulks did not favour his bestseller Birdsong too much. This often happen when a writer can never get aw...
  • Lilisa
    Echoes of the past embedded in the present…American researcher Hannah is focused on researching the work of women under German occupation during WW II and teenager Tariq has newly arrived from Morocco in search of a mother lost to him. They both connect and Tariq ends up as a lodger in Hannah’s apartment as she goes about earnestly tracking down the women she’s researching while her relationship with the older Julian is sort of kept at bay....
  • Tundra
    While I really liked the historical elements in this novel and the sense of time slip created while wandering the Parisian backstreets the main characters of Hannah and Tariq were a miss for me. I didn’t need to like them but I did need to be interested in them - I wasn’t. They became slightly more fleshed out by the end of the novel but I needed them earlier as they were the deliverers of the backstories of the women of Paris during the occu...
  • Barbara
    Another excellent book from one of my favourite authors. All his books are so different and in this one, set in Paris, he must have done some much research. The two main characters are Hannah, a postdoctoral researcher and Tariq, who has run away from Morocco and hoping to find his mother in Paris. It is intriging how their lives intertwine. So much in it that I need to read again!
  • Colin Marks
    An odd quirk of fiction centred around a historical researcher where the prose bounces about in time, is that it doesn't feel like you're reading fiction. The modern day aspect feels like a plot device, and with the historical, is it fiction or non-fiction - you end unsure of what you're reading. The writing is very Sebastian Faulks - clean, crisp, and a master of his craft - but I felt the plot was a little wobbly. There were some nice ideas, bu...