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Fünf Viertel einer Orange

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Als Framboise mit Anfang fünfzig in ihre Heimat zurückkehrt, wird ihr erneut bewusst, dass sie dort bereits als Kind eine Außenseiterin gewesen war. Doch sie will es jetzt noch einmal wissen: Mit den Rezepten aus dem Buch ihrer Mutter gewappnet eröffnet sie in dem kleinen Ort eine Creperie. Ihr Neffe Yannick gönnt ihr jedoch den Erfolg nicht und versucht, sie um die geheim ...more
Paperback, 407 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH & Co. KG / Ullstein Tas (first published 2001)
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Bethany
I first read this book some time ago. When I read it, I throughly enjoyed it. This year, I found my mind going back to the book several times and decided I needed to read it again.

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
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Dem
May 17, 2013 Dem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dem by: Janice
Shelves: favorites, ww2
Five quarters of the Orange by Janne Harris is one of those novels that will stay with you long after you have turned the last page.

4.5 Star Rating


Set in a small town in rural France during the the Second World War, this novel tells the story of a young girl by the name Framboise Dartigen and how during the occupation of the town this young girl befriends a German Soldier and what appears to be a harmless friendship turns into something which both her family and the town will never forget for y
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Samantha
Jul 12, 2008 Samantha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Samantha by: Kasey Dorris
I ended up liking this book in the end, and would maybe have given it 4 stars, if large parts of it didn't drive me so nuts. I just had a few problems with it. I had a really hard time getting into it; the real story didn't really start until 100 pages into it. And I had a really hard time connecting to the characters in any sort of way. The mom acts like she hates her children the whole book, and the children hate their mom. And when people waste that much energy being mean and cruel to each ot ...more
The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
I am head over heels in love with this book. Only a terrific author can write about something as appalling as war and occupation and uneccesary death but yet make you feel so alive and carefree whilste reading it. The prose was as mouthwatering, succulent and juicy as the food in the book and I wanted to be there! Yes, I wanted to run down to the Loire and swim and splash and yell and hang upsidedown from trees overhanging the river and race through sun-soaked fields and pick fruit in the orchar ...more
Julie
Jan 08, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
There is something a little unbalanced about this book -- and one gets that feeling from the first words in the first chapter. In fact, the title itself suggests a certain asymmetrical allure which is disconcerting: five quarters of the orange suggests a lopsided business, perhaps; but nonetheless a surfeit of something. The "too many" quarters-of-the-orange makes me uneasy and leaves me wondering how it will all fit back together again, once sliced. In the end, the title presages its own proble ...more
Jeanette
Dec 28, 2015 Jeanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whew, this is a wrenching read. It's excellent and 4.5 star, IMHO.

The characters are not easily liked, very few are amiable, and the entire is both dramatically and emotionally tense. And that tension is for its entire length and continued within personality and character far beyond the ending. Because our narrator and others are never easy people.

Beyond the war and small town France location coupled with the scrumptious cooking and foodie directions, the real core of the story is the tightly c
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Alison
Under the shroud of a new identity an aging woman returns to her childhood town. She opens a café and reopens the wounds of her past.

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
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Jean
From the author of "Chocolat" comes this novel set in a village on the banks of the Loire. The main character again has a shop - in this case a crêperie. Again, food plays a central part in the story. But this is a much darker story altogether, and a much more satisfying read.

Framboise is the daughter of Mirabelle Dartigen - a woman held responsible by the villagers for a terrible tragedy which took place during the German occupation many years previously. Framboise returns to the village anonym
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Susu
Jan 15, 2017 Susu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I have to say that reading this novel made me appreciate Gentlemen and Players a bit more. This time I knew what I was getting with Joanne Harris- a dark atmospheric novel of psychological suspense. She can certainly create dysfunctional child characters! It is hard to imagine that a nine year old could be so ruthless, but it was a different time, a different place, and I felt for Framboise.
Just as Straitley was the perfect foil in Gentlemen and Players, so Paul is in Five Quarters of the Orang
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Stephanie
Do you know, I have a much harder time writing a review for a book that I didn't particularly like than for one I really enjoyed?

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
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Sheri
Aug 12, 2008 Sheri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't really know what to say about this book. I don't know if I just wasn't really into it when I started it, or if I really didn't like it as much as I thought. It took me over 100 pages to really get into the story, and I had sort of written it off by then. But then things picked up, and the last, maybe, quarter of the book finally got good. While you are reading, you know that "something happened" and that you will eventually find out. It was frustrating to me that she gave so little infor ...more
Vaso
Feb 05, 2017 Vaso rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readathon-17
3,5 αστέρια
Filipe Miguel
Feb 09, 2015 Filipe Miguel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, drama
Joanne Harris, sal no ponto

Joanne Harris é, na sua essência, exactamente o que este livro oferece: narrativa de ritmo pausado, polvilhada de conteúdo habilmente exposto, montagem engenhosa de argumento e… descrições quase palpáveis de comidas, bebidas, cheiros e sabores.

Neste “Cinco Quartos de Laranja”, na primeira pessoa, por Framboise Dartigen, acompanhamos uma estória com frequentes flashbacks de um passado de guerra, de importância crucial para entender o presente.

Harris domina a arte do “le
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Hannah
Dec 24, 2010 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this at my grandparents house on a trip when I hadn't brought anything to read. I finished it all too quickly, scarfing it down like an orange at Christmas time.

"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
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Mary
Dec 29, 2007 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Francophiles, WWII, psychological drama
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Elaine
Dec 17, 2014 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really enjoyed the Chocolat trilogy but was rather disappointed with this one. Like Chocolat, at the heart of this book is the relationship between a mother and her daughter with very much a foody theme running through it. Framboise and her family grew up in a small village on the banks of the Loire in France but left suddenly after events during WWII. Years later, Framboise, now widowed, returns to her old home, keeping her identify a secret for fear of reprisals for what, for most of ...more
Anne
Oct 14, 2008 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Rosiemae Burton
May 20, 2015 Rosiemae Burton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
It is almost guaranteed for me that a Joanne Harris novel is going to be very well-written. She encorpoates social issues, different beliefs and food all into one and it is brilliant how she does so. However, this novel took a long while (about 100 or so pages) to really get going and I didn't like that there wasn't any clear indication on whether it was a flashback or current time. I loved Framboise as a narrator and I liked that I got to see a different side to wartime rather than the usual fi ...more
Chris
Sep 14, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a terrific novel. It starts off like a liqueur chocolate: when you first pop it in your mouth, you are not quite sure what it will taste like. Then the further you go, the secret of the interior starts to reveal itself slowly until you are totally absorbed in its content. Couldn't put it down - a simple interwoven story, told beautifully. A must-read.
Jessica
Feb 16, 2008 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started off enjoying this book. And then my enjoyment faded. The two things that stood out in my mind that I did not care for were this:
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
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Mary Ann
Apr 26, 2016 Mary Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary Ann by: cameron
This is simply a lovely book. I took a bit more time with it than usual because the beautiful prose is dense and loaded with layers of meaning and emotions. The first-person narration alternates between that of a nine year old in 1942 Occupied France and the same woman in the same village fifty-four years later as she slowly discloses her long-held secrets. The change in the time frames sometimes occurs abruptly, mid-chapter, so the reader must pay attention. It helps if the reader can read Fren ...more
Sarah
Jul 31, 2007 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in culinary appearances in literature or looking for a slow, downer summer read
Shelves: great-story
This book seriously dragged me right along to an inevitable (and dark) conclusion. I kept toggling between enjoying her writing style, loads of unique description and a nice layer of old memories and new experiences for the main character, and being sort of shocked and horrified by the absolute coldness of most of the characters in the story. It was an interesting book, but I had a hard time absorbing myself in it(which is what I've been looking for lately).

Perhaps the other drawback (and major
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Jess The Bookworm
Feb 07, 2016 Jess The Bookworm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story follows a young girl in a village in France during World War II as she deals with a difficult relationship with her mother and misadventures with her siblings and friends, ultimately leading to a tragedy which she must come to terms with later in life, as she returns home to start over.

The story is well-written, weaving childhood whimsy with the dark and dangerous. It did take me a while to get into, as the beginning is a little all over the place, but once I got into it, it was a pag
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Amanda
Feb 16, 2008 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This book turned out much better than I thought it would. It took along time for the story to start. I loved all the food talk though. I could actually end up smelling oranges.
Jennifer Blair
Apr 23, 2017 Jennifer Blair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of 'junk food' -- simple books that don't require much thought or work or effort. But this book was a feast to be savored. Told as an old woman's reminiscence of her childhood in Nazi-occupied France, when a mysterious tragedy changed her family forever, this book gives slivers of information as the story unfolds and the narrator shares the seemingly small events that led her family to ruin. Beautifully crafted, with rich, evocative writing and well-imagined characters, this book co ...more
Suzanne
The author of Chocolat, Joanne Harris, presents a mesmerizing work of historical fiction with Five Quarters of the Orange. Framboise Simon (nee Dartigen) returns to her home village in France to set up an eatery using her mother's recipes. The culinary masterpieces were gifted to her in her mother's journal, but Framboise receives something else she didn't bargain for - a disturbing look at her past.

Her childhood was spent during the Nazi occupation of France, and there is a mystery surrounding
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Kate Z
I read this book as part of the "Food Glorious Food" January challenge. It also fulfilled one of my personal goals for 2012 to read books that have been sitting on my shelf.

Normally I don't love books that have strained/negative relationships between mothers and daughters but even though that tension provides the framework for this story, the real story is that of a French farm family during WW2 at the time of the German occupation.

A while back I read and really enjoyed Winter Garden - another
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Jenny Sparrow
Jul 26, 2011 Jenny Sparrow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Я, наверное, не смогу многого сказать о романе Дж.Харрис "Пять четвертинок апельсина". Если чуть перефразировать цитату с обложки, получится точно мое восприятие её: "Эта книга Харрис - острая, с горчинкой". И те апельсины, с которыми она связана лично для меня - это сорт кюрасао - горькие, пряные, дикие.

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
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Judy
Sep 27, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From a child's perspective, a viewpoint of war. Framboise and her two siblings collaborate with Nazis trading secrets for chocolate and comic books. Secrets that affected her village for generations. The children were neglected by a widowed mother who suffered from migraines (though maybe it was her addiction to morphine. The children, through innocence, set in motion a devastating series of events.
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Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre pr ...more
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