Five Quarters Of The Orange

«Just as she did in Chocolat, Harris indulges her love of rich and mouth-watering descriptive passages, appealing to the senses with seductively foreign names, and evoking the textures and smells of food. These descriptions are suffused with a child's wide-eyed wonder that lends the story a magical quality, almost like a folk tale or a children's story. Even having the Occupation as a backdrop, Harris sets out to tell a story that proves, like her previous books, to be thoroughly enjoyable...»

Guardian

From the bestselling author of Chocolat, a powerful drama about the dark repercussions of Nazi occupation in a rural French village. Les mer

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From the bestselling author of Chocolat, a powerful drama about the dark repercussions of Nazi occupation in a rural French village.

Medlemsvurdering:
"Five Quarters of the Orange" is a disturbing, sometimes beautiful and sometimes cruel book. It features two parallel timelines, Framboise Dartigen is at the heart of both. We see her as an old woman reestablishing herself in her childhood village, and as a strong-willed child growing up in the French countryside under World War II. As an old widow, Framboise returns to the place where she grew up. She starts to explore the recipe collection she inherited from her mother, that served both as a diary with random entries and as a cookbook. As she delves into her mother's handwritten notes, in a pidgin language only she herself and her children could decipher, childhood memories resurface. The reader is taken on a journey ripe with the angst and joys of growing up, while we follow the old Framboise in her struggle to keep old secrets away from young and greedy relatives.

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Detaljer

Forlag
Black Swan
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
432
ISBN
9780552998833
Utgivelsesår
2002
Format
20 x 13 cm
Priser
WH Smith Book Awards: Fiction 2002

Om forfatteren

Joanne Harris is the internationally renowned and award-winning author of over twenty novels. Her Whitbread-shortlisted novel Chocolat was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is the author of several other bestsellers, including The Lollipop Shoes, Peaches for Monsieur Le Curé and The Strawberry Thief. She has also written acclaimed novels in such diverse genres as fantasy based on Norse myth (Runemarks, Runelight, The Gospel of Loki), and the Malbry cycle of dark psychological thrillers (Gentlemen & Players, Blueeyedboy, and Different Class).

Born in Barnsley, of an English father and a French mother, she spent fifteen years as a teacher before (somewhat reluctantly) becoming a full-time writer. In 2013, she was awarded an MBE, and in 2022 an OBE. She lives in Yorkshire, plays bass and flute in a band first formed when she was sixteen, and works in a shed in her garden. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and served for four years as Chair of the Society of Authors. She also has a form of synaesthesia which enables her to smell colours. Red, she says, smells of chocolate.

Anmeldelser

«Just as she did in Chocolat, Harris indulges her love of rich and mouth-watering descriptive passages, appealing to the senses with seductively foreign names, and evoking the textures and smells of food. These descriptions are suffused with a child's wide-eyed wonder that lends the story a magical quality, almost like a folk tale or a children's story. Even having the Occupation as a backdrop, Harris sets out to tell a story that proves, like her previous books, to be thoroughly enjoyable...»

Guardian

«Her strongest writing yet: as tangy and sometimes bitter as Chocolat was smooth»

Independent

«Outstanding ... beautifully written»

Daily Mail

«Joanne Harris a naturally sensuous writer, but her latest book has a dark core...Her descriptive and narrative talents are put to a profounder use...This gripping tale is bound to be made into a film. It's as vivid a journey through human cruelty and kindness as I've read this year»

Daily Telegraph

«Harris indulges her love of rich and mouthwatering descriptive passages, appealing to the senses ... Thoroughly enjoyable»

Observer

Medlemmers vurdering

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RPS – 04.04.2009

– "Five Quarters of the Orange" is a disturbing, sometimes beautiful and sometimes cruel book. It features two parallel timelines, Framboise Dartigen is at the heart of both. We see her as an old woman reestablishing herself in her childhood village, and as a strong-willed child growing up in the French countryside under World War II. As an old widow, Framboise returns to the place where she grew up. She starts to explore the recipe collection she inherited from her mother, that served both as a diary with random entries and as a cookbook. As she delves into her mother's handwritten notes, in a pidgin language only she herself and her children could decipher, childhood memories resurface. The reader is taken on a journey ripe with the angst and joys of growing up, while we follow the old Framboise in her struggle to keep old secrets away from young and greedy relatives.

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