Years later, Jay's life is stalled with regret and ennui. His bestselling novel, Jackapple Joe, was published ten year...more
From Publishers Weekly
Like her well-received 1999 novel, Chocolat, Harris's latest outing unfolds around the arrival of an outsider in a tiny French town. This time win...more
The story of Jay Mackintosh, a 37 years old writer, famous because of an only novel written fifteen years ago. Jay seems to have lost inspiration and faith in the magic of life, as if all these feelings had been spent in that successful novel.
The novel moves forward and backwards in time, and the reader is able to know young Jay, when he meets Joe, an eccentric old man who leaves a deep impression in l...more
The novel alternates between Jay McIntosh’s memories of three summers over twenty years before and the present. Adolescent, lonely, left adrift by his parents’ egocentricity and divorce, Jay finds solace from an eccentric, mysteriou...more
A coming of age story, effused with some mysticism --- but just a little --- and an excellent commentary on small-town politics, human nature, and why life...more
Jay reminisces abou...more
I have mixed feelings about Blackberry Wine, unfortunately more negative than positive. For the first ten chapters I despised this book: I didn’t care about the characters, couldn’t care about the plot and wanted nothing more than to just get through the thing so I could move on to another story. Even though the chapters are short, fifty-seven pages is more than I want to wait for a story to get interesting.
Blackberry Wine describes the life of Jay, a one-hit-wonder in the literary...more
Главный герой - англичанин-писатель Джей Макинтош, повинуясь чарам "Особых" вин, созданных эксцентричным садовником Джо, и детских воспоминаний, приезжает в уже знакомый нам городок Ланскне-су-Танн, чтобы разобраться в своем прошлом и найти своё будущее.
Я в восторге! Эта книга понравилась мне больше, чем все остальные (исключая, может быть, Леденцовые туфельки, хотя в целом, для меня сравнивать книги Харрис между собой по критерию "нр...more
Starts with a bottle of wine as the narrator. Switches between England (1977) and France (1999), every short chapter. A retired miner, Joe, who's a gardener and expert in potions/magic tries to pass on some of his expertise and university of life skills to a 14 year old boy, Jay, he befriends.
Joe's a bluff Yorkshireman who dreams of owning a "Chatoo" in France. Jay becomes an author who's best selling book is bas...more
Besides haunting pasts one of her themes is small villages and the special kind of societies they make. Everybody know...more
A través de una botella de vino vamos conociendo la historia de Joe Cox. Una vida que inspiró la primera novela del otro personaje principal, Jay Mackintosh (escritor de fulgurante éxito con su ópera prima basada en los veranos que pasó en el pueblecito de sus abuelos - Kirby Monckton-).
Se entretejen las dos historias por medio de flash backs que te llevan hacia los años 70 (rememorando esos veranos de su juventud junto a Joe Cox con la banda sonora de fondo de una radio local), y va saltando ha...more
Harris weaves together her gifted storytelling with a f...more
I enjoyed the book as a bit of a light read. The main character, Jay, was interesting to me and different from other characters I have seen. I loved the contrast between London, the small English time where he spent his childhood and the French village that he came to.
The appearance of his old friend Joe as an “out-of-body” traveller was interesting, but not as clunky as it coul...more
I've also read Chocolate and Five Quarters of the Orange, by the same author, and this book had some of the same elements with regard to life in a small town in France, as well as the mystical qualities of food, herbs, and wine. There were enough believable elements of the story mixed in with the magical elements to make the story interesting --- and I thought it was charming that parts of...more
Blackberry Wine tells the story of Jay, who as a boy, meets an eccentric man named Joe, who opens Jay's world to gardening and magic and homemade wine. As an adult and established author, Jay escapes his stifling life in England by buying a small cottage in Lansquenet, France, where he not only becomes a gardener, bu...more
Jay Mackintosh is a blocked novelist, living in London with one of those business-like, smart, pushy young women who seem to run the world these days. He wrote one good novel but now can only write trash. Luckily the trash brings h...more
I needed something fast and easy to dive into and this was just the thing. I enjoyed it better than Chocolat though it was good to come across some of the same characters again. I knew these books were a kind of trilogy but i didn't realise I'd end up back in the same village with some of the same characters. This is a device I really quite like in books, starting off with something completely different from earlier books but having the universes join up on you in the middle. Great fun.
I had a l...more
Part of the problem was the plot jumping back and forth between the mid 1970's England and 1999's rural France (present day for the story). The flashbacks are important, they describe events and people that shape the main character into whom he is now. We need to know who Jackapple Joe is, we need to know about the specials, Joe's everyday nature magic, and love of growing things. However, the way we...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