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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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
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
As a stand-alone book, though (which it very well could be), I'm much happier with it (and if it were a stand-alone boo ...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
"The Girl..." is not a simple tale. It's a complex tale that mirrors life and the way we interact with each other, the things we choose not to see, the choices we make because we believe them to be right and the ultimate decision of getting back to that place within yourself that truly represents who you are.
It's about love, vengeance, family, l ...more
I felt angry towards Zozie, the interloper in their lives. I also felt strangely fascinated by her. Harri ...more
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
God, I love this book. So, so much. Magic plays much more of a role in this one than in Chocolat, which could almost be described as straight up literature. This one relies fairly heavily on magic of varying sorts. It gives us the back story on characters we know and love, which also introducing one of the most unreliable and compelling narrators I think I've ever come across. Zozie is so creeptastic by the end, and yet in the beginning, the reader is as taken in by her as Anouk is.
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
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
The ending is too little, too late -- and I'd r ...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.
I thought for cert ...more
شخصیتهای کفش های آبنباتی، خواننده رو دعوت می کنند تا مجددا با بخش هایی از شخصیت خودشون آشتی کنند، بخش هایی رو که دنیای مدرن نپذیرفته و انسان متمدن به اجب ...more
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
Let me tell you about the story by telling you how I felt.
The whole time I was reading The Gi ...more
And for the first 100 pages I was on the back foot, trying to catch up with names and remembering if I needed to remember things.
It was unclear who's point of view I was on. But then I was audiobooking it, so maybe in print there are pointers.
But once again I loved the strong female narrative running this book. The magical realism, voodoo and herbalisum, that runs through this story like a vain of dark chocolat.
Usually Harris' writing has a really lovely slowness, like the gradual unwinding of a ball of yarn, but I didn't feel that way with this book. I really like her characters, particularly her female characters and how they were written but parts of the novel just felt totally forced in there for plot purposes.
Without spoiling it, I relished the big ...more