Pure

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.62 hours)
Product Number: Z100100983
Released: Aug 10, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781611208153
Narrator/s: Ralph Cosham
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Description

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, provincial engineer charged by the king with demolishing it. At first Baratte sees this as a chance to clear the burden of history, a fitting task for a modern man of reason. But before long, he begins to suspect that the destruction of the cemetery might be a prelude to his own.

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Author(s): Andrew Miller
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 1900

Professional reviews

"Les Innocents Cemetery has held the corpses of Paris since the fourteenth century. It's now 1785, four years before the Revolution, and overflowing tombs and foul air have made the whole neighborhood uninhabitable. Young Jean-Baptiste Baratte, an up-and-coming engineer, has been commissioned to excavate the graves, transfer the bones (with appropriate solemnity and care) to the Catacombs and then destroy the cemetery and its attached church. Miller's story focuses on atmosphere, and Ralph Cosham's measured proficiency accentuates its pace and mood. His authoritative enunciation complements the gravity of Baratte's task. The listener feels the weight of the task and its ramifications as all must choose the between the reeking past and the fresh air of the future. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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