Five Quarters of the Orange
The novels of Joanne Harris are a literary feast for the senses. Five Quarters of the Orange represents Harris's most complex and sophisticated work yet - a novel in which darkness and fierce joy come together to create an unforgettable story.
When Framboise Simon returns to a small village on the banks of the Loire, the locals do not recognize her as the daughter of the in...more
There are only two books (other than the Harry Potter Series) that I have read more than once - Cold Mountain, and now this book. While reading this book for the second time, I wondered at length, what is drawing me back to this book.
The story is a dark story of a child growing up with a very difficult, unpredictable m...more
In German-occupied France, 9 year old, Framboise, and her brother and sister secretly befriend a German soldier and trade secrets for black market goods. Using the black market oranges to provoke her mother’s migraine headaches, Framboise torments the woman and ensures herself unsupervised time with the soldier. The friendship spurs a series of events which affect...more
I didn't particularly like Five Quarters of the Orange, by Joanne Harris, but I am at a loss to explain why. I can't point to egregiously bad writing, and while I didn't like any of the characters, that itself does not a bad book make. See, e.g., my review of The Good Terrorist. Puzzled by my reaction, I asked my mother what she thought a book needed in order to be a g...more
Another engrossing read from Joanne Harris which although similar to ‘Chocolat ‘and ‘Blackberry Wine’ it is a much darker story. Once again set in France this time a small village ‘Les Laveuses’ near Angers on the banks of the Loire, during WWII and the present day.
The protagonist is Framboise Dartigen who has returned to the village after a long absence to live in the farmhouse of her childhood. Her mother Mirabelle Dartigen has since died and part of Fra...more
What I didn't like about this book: I t...more
Perhaps the other drawback (and major...more
1) The story is narrated by a woman, 1/2 of the time when she was 9 and the other half when she was an adult. Her narattion as a child was annoying - she was manipultive towards her mom to the point of cruelty, and she had a negative "know-it-all" attitude towards her older siblings. Newscast kid, you're only 9, stop talking and acting like you're an independe...more
As an old woman with many secrets, Framboise moves back to the village of her youth. She renovated her family's farm and cleans up the orchards on the land. She opens her restaurant and become the talk of the town with her wonderful reci...more
The ending does not live up to the beginning in my opinion. Still interesting read. Some what like 'The...more
Harris's prose often reads as poetry, not blatantly stating the obvious. I think my main problem was actually believing that the actions, words and thoughts were those of a 9 year old. I felt she was acting more like a young teena...more
I read this book last summer. I was bored, lost in a grey melancholia that always takes me down on this time of the year. I decided to read a book to keep the damp off my mind, and because this book had been my latest purchase I decided to just dive into it.
I had already a good opinion on the the author from the books I had read so far. But Five Quarters of the Orange has, most definitely, set her as one...more
Именно такой предстает перед нами Фрамбуаз, главная героиня, от лица которой ведется повествование. На сей раз форма романа немного изменилась - всю историю нам рассказывает один человек, но соб...more
I loved "Chocolat", so it was probably a given that I'd be immediately hooked by "Five Quarters".
"Five Quarters" is darker than "Chocolat", but in many ways just as sweet. Throughout the novel, Harris uses scents and tastes to transport the reader back through the narrator's childhood recollections. Reluctantly, she remembers the German occupation and her own innocent collaboration with them as they oppressed her people and hurt her family and friends....more
The novel moves between these World War II years and the 90s, when Framboise, the youngest Dartigan daughter and our narrator, now cooks for her small café but se...more
Harris write beautifully and handles the food motif well. It's much more woven in and goes beyond the typical recipes-as-metaphors theme. This is one of the few books...more
"Five Quarters of the Orange" is told from the perspective of Framboise both looking back at the past and recounting current events as an older woman, and telling "present" events as a child. Framboise and her family live in a small French village during the German occupation. The father was killed early in the war by a German, b...more
Joanne Harris was born in Barnsley in 1964, of a French mother and an English father. She studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and was a teacher for fifteen years, during which time she published three novels; The Evil Seed (1989), Sle...more