The Lollipop Shoes (Chocolat #2)
'Who died?' I said. 'Or is it a secret?'
'My mother, Vianne Rocher.'
Seeking refuge and anonymity in the cobbled streets of Montmartre, Yanne and her daughters, Rosette and Annie, live peacefully, if not happily, above their little chocolate shop. Nothing unusual marks them out; no red sachets hang by the door. The wind has stopped – at least for a while. Then into their liv
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Chocolat was full of colors and enchantment that we never really knew the source of. The Girl with No Shadow reveals these right away. This story starts with none of the enchantment and mystery of Chocolat. We are introduced to Zozie who is leaving her previous life. Each chapter comes from the point of view of either Zozie, Vianne, or Anouk. This threw me at first until I realized we had switched characters. Roux returns but is ...more
Let me tell you about the story by telling you how I felt.
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Zozie is a much more satisfying villain than Chocolat's Reynaud ever was; and Anouk's sullen teenage resentment of (and at times, fierce love for) her mother and attraction to Zozie as a surrogate m ...more
Per my usual, since I'd seen the movie, I didn't take the time to read the first book (since I have so much to read for work, and this doesn't fall into the group of books in my field). Now I think I will, even though I can tell that it won't take me to a happy place, as does the film.
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Может, из-за того, что повествование ведется от лица трех разных героинь, и стиль каждой главы прелестно меняется в зависимости от рассказчицы: злодейки-интриганки Зози, Вианн, из страха за детей изменившей самой "шоколадной" себе, или ее дочери-подростка Анук, ...more
The Lollipop Shoes is the story of Vianne and Anouk and Vianne's new daugher who have moved to Paris and set up a chocolate shop there too but there is none of the magic of that first shop, ...more
It has been years since I last read Chocolat and watched its magical movie adaptation. I remember that I went on a Joanne Harris reading spree right after that. Many of her books are just as filled with love for the culinary arts. Part of me was afraid that the sequel would disappoint, and that is why I only recently got around to reading The Lollipop Shoes. I needn't have worried though, because from the very first page I was hooked. The woman with ...more
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Наверное, самое ценное ощущение, которое дарит читателям Джоанн Харрис, -- того, что у любого человека, если присмотреться, есть и ангелы-хранители, и старинные переданные по наследству рецепты счастья, и куча таинственных, удивительных историй, которы ...more
Que Joanne Harris é uma das autoras mais conhecidas e amadas e a criadora de Chocolate toda a gente sabe, o que muitos não sabem é que numa festa conheceu Ewan McGregor e o confundiu com um ex-aluno, que quando jantou com Ray Bradbury esteve 20 minutos em silêncio até se verter em lágrimas, lê Stephen King no banho e não chora em filmes excepto na cena da morte de Javert em Os Miseráveis. Viciada em perfume e sapatos, compr ...more
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How I ended up between its sheets: My friend loaned me a book that turned out to be not just the 2nd, but the 3rd in author Joanne Harris’ Chocolat series. That was too much for me to take, so I bought the first two.
What stimulated me:
- The continuation of Vianne’s story.
- The themes: fear which leads to half lives, conformity which leads to half selves, family which is by choice not blood.
- The book is not simply a Chocolat rehash, but has a completely ...more
The local multi-language bookstore must have just had a visit from some departing English book fairy because a trip to their used bookshelves this week scored me a random and interesting selection and I even had to make myself leave a couple behind. This was one I took away with me.
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