Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Look, a book

Finished it. It took several days because I was busy and had little time to sit and savour this one. It needs to be read slowly, sort of like letting good chocolate melt in your mouth. Once I had a block of free time and just sat, it became a very enjoyable read.

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The Girl with no Shadow by Joanne Harris / The Lollipop Shoes .. UK title

From Publishers Weekly:
Harris revisits characters from 1999's bestselling Chocolat in this equally delectable modern fairy tale. More than four years have passed since Vianne Rocher pitted her enchanted chocolate confections against the local clergy's interpretation of Lent in smalltown France; since then, Vianne has renounced magic, changed her name to Yanne Charbonneau and moved with her two daughters to Paris's Montmartre district. There, Yanne embraces conformity and safety, much to the dismay of her increasingly troubled older daughter, Anouk. When Anouk becomes entranced with Zozie de l'Alba, an exotic itinerant who happens upon a job at the new shop, and the relationship grows increasingly sinister, Yanne must call up all of Vianne's powers, culinary and mystical, to save her family. Harris again structures the narrative (told in alternate chapters by Zozie, Yanne and Anouk) around a liturgical season (in this case Advent). Harris gives fans much to savor in this multilayered novel, from the descriptions (including Yanne's mouthwatering chocolate confections, Zozie's whimsical footwear and Anouk's artistic efforts) to the novel's classic, enduring theme of good vs. evil—and the difficulty of telling the difference
The weather has been great since we got home and I am enjoying fresh tomatoes every day.
Out for lunch today with a couple we meet 2 years ago on holiday. Crab cakes at Nina's .. wonderful.


Jayne said...

Ooooooo that book sounds great!
I'll keep my eyes open for it ;)
Yummy crab cakes - can you email me a doggy bag ? lol

Kathleen said...

I read that book this past week, too. Only I'm not sure I liked it. Maybe I wasn't in the mood for it...and found it rather "dark." I oved "Chocolat"...and hated "Five Quarters of the Orange" (is that right?) just because of it's subject matter. Her books definitely demand your full attention, and I'll admit that I was trying to read through that stack of 7 on a deadline, so maybe didn't give it it's full due.
Glad you've got tomatoes! Ours are still (slowly) ripening. We've had such a cool August.

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k: I saw the movie Chocolat but didn't read the book and have liked some of her stories more than others too.

10 days in hot airplane holds and trucks, how badly do you want them jayne? *grin*