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The Girl with No Shadow Paperback – January 6, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book just as I loved Chocolat and Peaches for Monsieur Le Curé! The Girl with No Shadow was an exciting finale to this lovely story.Published 2 days ago by Lana Marie
There are not many books that I have ever read that kept me reading way into the night and abandoning my chores as this book did. Read morePublished 6 days ago by B. GOOD
A little hard to follow as it is written from the perspective of 3 different people and chapters are not labeled which one. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Janice Blumer
Well, this was selected for my book club. Out of seven of us in the club, only one person finished reading the book.....and it wasn't me I found it slow and dense. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Captain Poolie
Our book club discussed this yesterday and it made for great insights, questions and conversation.Published 2 months ago by marmel
I had no idea I was such a Joanne Harris fan. But after Chocolat, I had to read this one, and then her next, and then her next, and then her next. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ursula
I loved the first book in this series, Chocolat, but this one was much different. It has a totally different style of writing than the first. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MH