Five Quarters of the Orange

Five Quarters of the Orange The novels of Joanne Harris are a literary feast for the senses Five Quarters of the Orange represents Harris s most complex and sophisticated work yet a novel in which darkness and fierce joy come to

  • Title: Five Quarters of the Orange
  • Author: Joanne Harris
  • ISBN: 9780060958022
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback
  • The novels of Joanne Harris are a literary feast for the senses Five Quarters of the Orange represents Harris s most complex and sophisticated work yet a novel in which darkness and fierce joy come together to create an unforgettable story.When Framboise Simon returns to a small village on the banks of the Loire, the locals do not recognize her as the daughter of the inThe novels of Joanne Harris are a literary feast for the senses Five Quarters of the Orange represents Harris s most complex and sophisticated work yet a novel in which darkness and fierce joy come together to create an unforgettable story.When Framboise Simon returns to a small village on the banks of the Loire, the locals do not recognize her as the daughter of the infamous Mirabelle Dartigen the woman they still hold responsible for a terrible tragedy that took place during the German occupation decades before Although Framboise hopes for a new beginning she quickly discovers that past and present are inextricably intertwined Nowhere is this truth apparent than in the scrapbook of recipes she has inherited from her dead mother.With this book, Framboise re creates her mother s dishes, which she serves in her small creperie And yet as she studies the scrapbook searching for clues to unlock the contradiction between her mother s sensuous love of food and often cruel demeanor she begins to recognize a deeper meaning behind Mirabelle s cryptic scribbles Within the journal s tattered pages lies the key to what actually transpired the summer Framboise was nine years old.Rich and dark Five Quarters of the Orange is a novel of mothers and daughters of the past and the present, of resisting, and succumbing, and an extraordinary work by a masterful writer.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. Onvan : Five Quarters of the Orange - Nevisande : Joanne Harris - ISBN : 60958022 - ISBN13 : 9780060958022 - Dar 307 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2001

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 RatingSet 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 [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 aff [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 goo [...]

    11. 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 anony [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. Joanne Harris, sal no pontoJoanne 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 [...]

    14. I read Harris' Five Quarters of the Orange & Blackberry Wine back to back, so I shalll review them together. They are very similar, actually; a little too much. Both feature lead female protagonists that have strong, proud, independent, walled-away personalities, unwilling to accept, let alone ask, others for any sort of assistance. In both, they are not the lead character, but as the focus of the protagonist, they are as, if not more, important. In Five Quarters of the Orange, this bold fem [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. Harris chose brilliantly when she made 9-year-old Framboise the protagonist of this novel. The novel is based on Framboise's lies and deceptions dating back to one childhood summer in occupied France in WWII and continuing into her old age. Everything that seemed superfluous in Blackberry Wine or contrived in Chocolat worked seamlessly here at the service of a tale as relentless as the course of the river Loire and as muddied and tangled as the currents along its banks. (SPOILER) My only critici [...]

    17. 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 [...]

    18. I found this book to be quite a slog. I did finish it, which is why I feel entitled to write this negative review. The main problem I had was that I didn't like or relate to any of the characters. The writing is good enough, and the setting (an occupied French village in WWII) compelling enough that I kept going. And the cooking theme is interesting. But the central relationship between the narrator and her mother is sad and disturbing and ultimately unbelievable. How can the reader sympathize w [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. 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.

    21. 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 [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. 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 [...]

    24. 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 [...]

    25. Finished it this afternoon. I would have given it more stars, but I can't stand violence. Holocost violence is the worst. Ok, so it only gets violent at the end, but now it's all I can think about.Also, I feel like ther was this huge buildup to a terrible event. I wish that the actual happenings of said terrible event were revealed at the beginning. There was so much "omg, what is gonna happen" that by the time the terrible event actually occurred, I wasn't exactly floored. I just think it would [...]

    26. Rarely do I find a book whose title is so perfect and so symbolic of the essence of the book!The orange is the forbidden fruit. The five quarters indicates the parts that make up the whole. And why five instead of four quarters? To me it symbolizes something hidden, something not quite right, perhaps a twist!Ah! The innocence of children! Transport them back to the perceived safety of a small town during war time where they suffer the loss of a father, the emotional absence of a mother, and fall [...]

    27. 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.

    28. 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 [...]

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