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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.
I am a member of a book club....thought it might get me to read a bit more as I usually don't . This book was chosen by our group and for me....I have to give it a 10 out of 10. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sally Gilchrest-Unrau
The novel Five Quarters of the Orange written by Joanne Harris is an intriguing family novel that explores the secrets and tragedies of the post war France era, as it is set in a... Read morePublished on June 4 2007 by Michele Popovich
Mirabelle Dartigen is a brilliant cook whose legacy to her daughter Framboise is her talent and a notebook containing her recipes. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Caroline W.
Mirabelle Dartigen is a brilliant chef whose legacy to her daughter Framboise is her talent and a notebook containing her recipes. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Caroline W.
The story follows a little girl and her family's life in a town during occupation during the war. She manages to get involved in the sordid blackmarket running going on in the... Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by T. L. Browne
Framboise returns to the village of her youth as an old woman, unrecognizable because of her age and using a different first name along with her married name. Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Gypsi Phillips Bates
How disappointing to listen to a voice performance that doesn't capture the essence of the main character. Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Gail Cooke
This is the first book I've read by Joanne Harris, and it won't be my last! Harris writes with such poetry that involves you fully in the story, you can't put the book down. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Theresa W