Joanne Harris, bestselling author of Chocolat, presents her most accomplished novel yet -- an intoxicating concoction that blends theology and reason, deception and masquerade, with a dash of whimsical humor and a soupçon of sensuality.
Britanny, 1610. Juliette, a one-time actress and rope dancer, is forced to seek refuge among the sisters of the abbey of Sainte Marie-de-la...more
This book is quite different—much darker and without a satisfactory ending (in my opinion). I liked the character development of Juliette and the fact that she found peace and comunit ...more
کمی جسورانه هم بود. داستان جذابیت خاص خودش رو داشت اما ضعف هم داشت ، سرعت وقایع به نظرم کمی زیاد بود ، از طرفی معماها و اتفاقات و توضیحشون خیلی بیش از این توضیح لازم داشت. بعضی مواردش خوب بود ولی بعضی هاش رو کم توضیح داده بود و خواننده قانع نمی شد. البته چون کتاب ترجمه بود ، شاید هم بعضی موارد توضیح داده نشده به خاطر ممیزی و ...
ترجمه هم خوب و روان بود.
در کل داستان پرکشش و جذابی بود .
What happened here? I loved "Chocolat", and I adored "Five Quarters of the Orange". "Holy Fools", however, seems like it came from a completely different author. The book is acceptable, but not up to Harris' standards.
To start, the Mother-Daughter theme that Harris employs so well is deeply underdeveloped here as more of a plot device than anything else. There was a lot of potential here: a nun with a beloved daughter, raising her to be safe from the outside world and ...more
This book, while still engaging in much magi ...more
One of the themes running throug ...more
But I do find that there is a rather revisionist slant to ...more
The themes and characters, though, are quite similar to those in Joanne Harris' other work. Juliette shares a lot of characteristics with Vianne; Fleur with Anouk. Juliette's cantrips and her herbs are very reminiscent of Vianne. LeMerle is very like M ...more
In 17th Century France, Soeur Auguste lives a gentle, generous life in the remote island abbey of Sainte Marie-de-la-Mer, together with her daughter, Fleur. She is loved and valued by her sisters in faith, as much for her skills with medicinal plants as for her sweet and kindly nature. But Soeur Auguste is hiding a secret. She is not the impoverished widow of her ‘cover story,’ but Juliette, a one-time gypsy and circus performer, forced by th ...more
I found the writing difficult to follow. The main parts divided into 4 characters. BUT sometimes the narration in those parts was not that character so the reader needed to figure out who ...more
This time the book is set in yet an other time, year 1610, but is still in France of course. The main character is called Juliette, and is a former rope-dancer from a circus. She seeks refuge in a remote Abbey w ...more
I didn't like the very ending, though. Cannot understand Juliettes decision on the last page.
I must admit that I don't like historic novles much in general, and it's quite co ...more
Boring and unlikeable characters, terrible writing-style (too much telling, too little showing), horribly paced and an overall mess.
There wasn't one character I felt a connection with (neither good nor bad) and the "mystery" left me cold. This meant that there was nothing I was interested in - I didn't care about the fates of the characters nor what ~grand finale~ the book is leading up to.
Simply a terrible book. My first and last book by this author.
I nearly gave up on this several times but wanting to know what happens to fleur kept me going.
I was shocked by this how women who was friends and family could just turn on each other.
It was amazingly described got the images of the settings really well just didn't think the story its self was very good.
1610, Νουάρ Μουστιέ, Γαλλία. Μοναστήρι της Παναγίας της Θαλασσινής. Σε αυτό το μέρο ...more
The two of them, incredibly well-drawn, carry the story, narrating it alternately in shorter and shorter chapters, as the plot unfolds with increasing urgency, mirror ...more
Li-o como ...more
Pregnant, and seeking refuge,former trapeze performer "l'Ailee" leaves he ...more