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Joanne Harris

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Post by Kasthu » Sun January 11th, 2009, 5:44 pm

[quote=""tsjmom""]I really enjoyed the movie 'Chocolat' b/c it centers around two of my favorite things: France and chocolate :) So I thought I'd venture into her other reads.

'Five Quarters of the Orange' takes place with the central character in present time recalling memories of her childhood in the Loire Valley during the German Occupation in WW2. It has some intrigue and mystery to keep it moving along. It's a very fast read with easily imagined scenes. However, it is rather dark IMO. I found that I didn't really like any of the characters on a personal level.

At the end, I just kind of felt a 'thud'. Nothing uplifting, no lesson to take away, just kind of, well, nothing. I've read other books with tragic or sad story lines, but most of them I've been able to take away something meaningful or hopeful (like 'Skeletons at the Feast'). This book, however, just felt like a rock to me. 2.5/5[/quote]

I read Chocolat a number of years ago, so my memory of it is a bit hazy. I received Five Quarters of the Orange as a Christmas gift... not sure that I really want to read it now.

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Post by Lauren » Mon January 12th, 2009, 5:16 pm

Joanne Harris is one of my favourite writers. I saw the film Chocolat first and then read the book, which I must say I found far superior (although the film was a joy to watch). Since then I have read the sequel, The Lolipop Shoes but hated it, and am now reading Gentlemen and Players, which is very enjoyable and I recommend most fervently.

The Evil Seed is on my bookcase but I'm a bit wary of anything remotely linked to vampires :rolleyes:

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