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The Girl with No Shadow Paperback – January 6, 2009
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In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.
Her hobbies are listed in Who's Who as 'mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion'. She also spends too much time on Twitter; plays flute and bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16; and works from a shed in her garden at her home in Yorkshire.
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Although it's a sequel to Chocolat, The Girl With No Shadow is not Chocolat II. It is a darker, grittier story of mothers and daughters, love and loss. Although readers may expect the same Disneyesque charm of the first novel, this contemporary fairy-tale is more in the vein of the Brothers Grimm. My only quibble is I missed the zest of earlier Vianne during most of the story. The villain was a much more compelling creation. Nevertheless, fans who want to follow the characters from Chocolat will enjoy this book.
Joanne Harris has a true knack for narrating the yin and yang in life. She did an amazing job in Chocolat and continues to do so in Lollipop Shoes. Her characters are wonderfully developed and very realistic. I do recommend reading Chocolat first if you want the background of the main characters going into this novel. My interest was held from the first page to the last.
When Ms. Harris uses food in the titles of her books, you are in for a feast. Bon appetit!
The novel is told from the (confusing) viewpoint of three different characters: Vianne, Anouk, and Zozie de l'Alba in a narrow timeframe ranging from October 31 to December 24. At times, the three are commenting on events happening on the same day. Vianne's past literally comes back to haunt her in the form of the mysterious Zozie, and the young Anouk is sliding into perilous teenage rebellion, hanging out in cemeteries and engaging in forbidden acts of magic.
The cast of characters is too large to be explored in detail, and even the appearance of an old friend from the original novel is lost in the fray. Having three narrators fails to solidify the action, and it took me a few chapters to clue in that different characters were narrating (the images at the top of the chapters are different for each character).Read more ›
If you also enjoyed Gentlemen and Players then you'll find this newest novel doubly delightful.
No, the novel is not Disneyesque; but then neither was "Chocolat" really.
More like the Talented Mr.Ripley takes a trip to the Twilight Zone and meets Harry Potter in Paris. :-)
What I found interesting was how the story was told from the perspective of three different characters, leaving you to guess for a few seconds at the beginning of each chapter as to who was now speaking.
The reader is also left tantalizingly guessing, even at the end, at just exactly how effective any of the "magic" really was, or was it all simply scheming and social engineering and the occasional fortutitous or not happenstance.
Joanne Harris has over the years honed and perfected her skills as a writer by producing an unbroken series of novels with an intriguing storyline and an engaging cast of characters. "The Girl with No Shadow" demonstrates convincingly that Ms. Harris continues to get better and better at her craft.
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In this sequel to the best selling "Chocolat," we once again find Vianne Rocher, though she's known as Yanne Charbonneau now and she is raising two young daughters, both of... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Alice Chirevas
Vital characters, a plot that makes you want to know what is next, vivid scenes, and your heart is touched by magic.Published 24 days ago by Mitura
Reading this book was like returning to be with old friends. I liked the focus on her daughter's growing up, entering high school and encountering bullying. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I read Chocolat earlier this summer, and I absolutely loved it. My only qualm was that it was too short! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this series of books. I saw the movie Chocolat years after it was released and fell in love with the acting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tony G
I was expecting it to be like Chocolat and I was sorely disappointed.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Reader
I bought this book on my Kindle but didn't read it for quite awhile. I was afraid it would ruin the magic that was chocolat. It definately is a different kind of book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amanda