Book Review: Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris, the writer perhaps best known as the author of the highly successful book and acclaimed film, ‘Chocolat’, once again brings us a captivating story of human frailty and individual strength. Her engaging characters are never sugary or vapid.
As ever her novel is spiced with tantalising hints of her love of food, mouthwatering recipes and reminders of traditions and folklore ritualised in food and drink.
Once again set in the French countryside, the story takes us back to the childhood of Framboise and her family in occupied France, at the time of World War II. The tragic secret of the village is revealed as the layers of bitterness are peeled away.
If you are already a fan of Joanne Harris you will not be disappointed. She is a perceptive writer of great sensitivity, always some delightful humour. Her stories unfold at a satisfying pace and are uplifting and optimistic about human nature.
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