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The House I Loved

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  10,087 Ratings  ·  1,741 Reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of Sarah's Key and A Secret Kept comes an absorbing new novel about one woman's resistance during an époque that shook Paris to its very core.

Paris, France: 1860's. Hundreds of houses are being razed, whole neighborhoods reduced to ashes. By order of Emperor Napoleon III, Baron Haussman has set into motion a series of large-scale
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2011)
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May 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Disappointing ... Sarah's Key haunted me after I read it, but I think de Rosnay may be a one-hit wonder. The themes of A Secret Kept don't interest me - keep your mouths shut people! This one sounded promising - love of houses, letter writing and old Paris - but fell flat in execution.

The main character is an extremely unlikable, weak-willed and whiny woman, and the story is told through her letters to her dead husband. Reading her letters was like fingernails on a chalkboard. She is a self-pro
Feb 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Steve Lindahl
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Like many of the other reviewers, I read The House I Loved because Sarah's Key was so powerful. This book is different. There can be no comparison between the story of the French government sending Jewish citizens to German death camps during World War II and the story of the hardship caused by eminent domain laws that were used as part of a massive renovation of Paris during the reign of Emperor Napoleon III. But every book does not have to be about genocide. The House I Loved is about memories ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After reading Sarah's Key, I never thought that Tatiana de Rosnay could write another book like it. I was right. This book is nothing like Sarah's Key. I applaud Tatiana for coming up with a totally different story about her beloved country and city, Paris. It is the 1800's and the beautiful little streets and neighborhoods of old, are planning to be demolished in order to build the boulevards of today's Paris. While the Emperor and the Prefect are planning this new modern city with sewers, the ...more
Erika Robuck
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
At heart, The House I Loved is a love letter to a dead husband and old Paris, before Napoleon and Baron Haussmann completed their massive modernization efforts of the city in the 1860s. Writing from the basement of her empty house on Rue Childebert, widow Rose Bazelet prepares for its demolition by refusing to leave and penning a long confession reflecting on her upbringing, marriage, children, friendships, and tragedies.

From the moment I began The House I Loved, I was mesmerized by De Rosnay’s
Karen B
The House I Loved was a book I definitely did NOT love. I expected it to be a great book based on the story line, and what I'd read previously by the author. (I read Sarah's Key a few years ago - a book that I loved, and I've been VERY eager to read more from de Rosnay ever since).

The problem: the letters written to Armand were awful. There was much too much having to fill in plot details (such and such happened "as you already know...") which made them seem fake and stilted. Another narrative f
As the shelves tell, although I am "currently" reading (listening?) to this (though I stopped maybe 2 months ago) I most likely won't be finishing it.
I know, you're probably thinking (and I am too), "It's an audiobook, just finish it," but somethings are so bad that you can't even power through them to the end.
This is one of those things.
I'd like to discuss a category, now. A category that explains why I can't finish, and why I hate most things that I do.
This category is known as "Award Bait".
Diane S ☔
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about a Parisian neighborhood, a woman and a house. But it is not just a house, it is a home that has seen much history by the mid 1880's, it has seen the riots, the end of the Bourbon monarchy and the glory of Napoleon Bonaparte, the crowning of his empress and the birth his son. Rose, isn't just a woman, she is a woman who has known love in this house, death in this house, tragedy and joy and she had promised her husband that she would take care of this house which was his child ...more
Deborah Maganza
Jan 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
The only reason I gave it 1 star is that I did finish it, which says something. I love Paris and as a character, Paris was the most likable. I didn't understand Rose at all. She loved her house, her dead husband and her dead son. Her very much alive daughter she never loved, nor did she love her own mother. This quote says it all about her mothering skills, "They say mothers prefer their sons, is this not the secret truth? Are we not born to bring sons into the world?" Well, glad no one let me o ...more
Amie Wilson
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This moving story centers around an old woman (Rose) confronted with losing her family home during the modernization of Paris as envisioned by The Emperor and his Prefect. The book is written in beautiful little segments, mostly in the form of Rose writing a letter to her long dead husband, who extracted a promise from her not to allow the Prefect to destroy his ancestral home. Her letters to her husband flow along the lines of her memory from her own childhood, their courtship, raising their ch ...more
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