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Five Quarters of the Orange
Five Quarters of the Orange
Author: Joanne Harris
In her bestselling and critically acclaimed novel Chocolat, Joanne Harris told a lush story of the conflicts between pleasure and repression. Now she delivers her most complex and sophisticated work yet, an unforgettable tale of mothers and daughters, of the past and the present, of resisting and succumbing -- an extraordinary work of fic...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780060958022
ISBN-10: 0060958022
Publication Date: 6/1/2002
Pages: 307
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 265 ratings
Publisher: Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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adixon avatar reviewed Five Quarters of the Orange on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This was an OK read. I give it just an "OK" because I think I was more taken with her descriptions than with the story itself. Read the passage below to see what I mean. Great wording!

"I must have been born confrontational, but that summer I grew more so than I had ever been. My mother and I stalked each other like cats staking out their territory. Every touch was a spark that hissed static. Every word was a potential insult, every conversation a minefield."
kelly-bookworm avatar reviewed Five Quarters of the Orange on + 24 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Incredible - the story draws you deeply into the characters' lives; Told from the perspective of one woman, alternating between young child and older woman, Harris infuses every line with the emotion, fear, anger and confusion of a girl comming of age during a dangerous time.
jazzysmom avatar reviewed Five Quarters of the Orange on + 907 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I loved this book. Very satisfying story about mother and daughter, tragedy, revenge, suspicion, and love. As a review on book says, "better not read this on an empty stomach" "You will be treated to the tastes and smells of French food. Olive oil, fresh rosemary, ripe sheese, wild mushrooms and herb and apple sausages."
mwelday avatar reviewed Five Quarters of the Orange on + 148 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed this book...told from the point of view of Framboise, a woman who moves back to the village in France where she grew up during the German occupation...lots of intrigue as to what she, her siblings, and mother experienced...by the author of Chocolat...highly recommend it! -Mirah W.
RaccoonGirl avatar reviewed Five Quarters of the Orange on + 97 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
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 woman they hold responsible for a tragedy during the German occupation years ago. But the past and present are inextricable entwined, particularly in a scrapbook of recipes and memories that Framboise has inherited from her mother. And soon Framboise will realize that the journal also contains the key to the tragedy that indelibly marked that summer of her ninth year.
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reviewed Five Quarters of the Orange on + 3 more book reviews
Wonderful book!
ccbrucker avatar reviewed Five Quarters of the Orange on + 7 more book reviews
Wonderful story of a woman returning to her childhood home and relivings haunting evets from her past. Full of delicious references to French food.
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tqles of struggles in a small village in France during the occupation. A surprize ending.


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