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Harris has a challenging project here: to show the complicated, messy reality behind such seemingly simple terms as collaborator and Resistance. To the children, of course, these were mere abstractions: "We understood so little of it. Least of all the Resistance, that fabulous quasi-organization. Books and the television made it sound so focused in later years; but I remember none of that. Instead I remember a mad scramble in which rumor chased counter-rumor and drunkards in cafes spoke loudly against the new regime." The author's portrait of occupier and occupied living side by side is given texture by her trademark appreciation of all things French. Yes, some passages read like romantic, black-and-white postcards: "Reine's bicycle was smaller and more elegant, with high handlebars and a leather saddle. There was a bicycle basket across the handlebars in which she carried a flask of chicory coffee." But these simple pleasures, recorded with such adroitness, are precisely what give Framboise solace from the torment of her past. --Claire Dederer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Carol Clark, formerly at Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Joanne Harris' novel is set in wartime France and fast-forward to modern days, when Framboise Dartigan runs a restaurant in a small village on the Loire. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Joanna Daneman
I wish I could have liked this book. It was SLOW! The motifs were all about the senses--nothing about the interior lives of the characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James R. Ouimette
Has won many awards. Our book club had mixed reviews on it. As one described it, it can be a "dark read" but well written.Published 1 month ago by An Amazon Customer
This was a page-turner for me. The characters were so well-developed and the story is layered together to keep interest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary A. Layo
Some books have a great start... a few continue with a wonderful narrative, plot and development of characters with a fascinating end. This is one of them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dulcinea del Toboso
This was the best book I've read all year. Great characters and story! Highly recommendPublished 2 months ago by Cheryl Smith
Something I've always loved in Joanne Harris books is the way her characters exist both outside and within convention. Read morePublished 3 months ago by curlingriver
Joanne Harris has a wonderful way with words. Five Quarters of the Orange is a work of literature weaving a story around history, tradition and peoples interaction through the eyes... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marysia
If you like historical fiction as I do, you'll enjoy Five Quarters of the Orange! A story of how living, even in a small town, during dangerous times can and will create... Read morePublished 4 months ago by MGM