Five Quarters of the Orange

Harris, Joanne

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Five Quarters of the Orange
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 inextricably 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. . . .

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Perennial, 2007
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed
ISBN: 0061214604
Branch Call Number: FICTION HARRIS 2007
Characteristics: 307, 18 p. ;,21 cm


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May 15, 2013
  • ktripson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Phenomenal writing and story telling that kept me on the edge from the beginning to the end. Full of surprises, fascinating characters and the creepy realism of the Nazi occupation of a very small French village from a child's point of view. I thought about it for two days after I finished it and started reading it again. I was even more impressed the second time.

Sep 27, 2012
  • tdk rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I wanted to like this book, the woman sounded like a strong character. There was some good writing in some points and poor writing in others.

I had to push to get through it and in the end I didn't really enjoy it.

Sep 10, 2012
  • dprodrig rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A woman who has hid her origins from everyone in her town her entire life now comes face to face with the reality that if she doesn't choose to tell the truth, it will be done far less pleasantly for her. Except that she herself is only starting to uncover what really happened all those many years ago. Wonderful characters, make you want to stand up and cheer everytime she thumbs her nose at her relatives.

Aug 15, 2012
  • giverny rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Framboise Simon's mother left her journal to Framboise when she died. Framboise returns to her small village in the Loire as an older adult and buys back her family home, begins a new life hoping the community will not connect her with the past when she was a young girl and her village was under German occupation.
By the author of Chocolat, this novel is about two of my favorite subjects food and France. It is dark in tone, gripping and surprising. It qualifies as a great summer read.

Apr 28, 2012
  • azor rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very different from the well known Chocolat, but very enjoyable. You can almost taste Joanne Harris's books!

Oct 12, 2011
  • allonsy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Boise is a widow in a small French village who's been hiding a secret from her childhood when Nazis occupied the town. As in many of her other books, Joanne Harris has her collection of characters and and uses tastes and aromas to bring the story to life. The cooking and the fruit each have their own personalities and are are as much a part of the book as any of the people.

Sep 10, 2011

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Feb 27, 2010
  • Darrelln rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book. Enjoyed the subject matter of collaborators in Vichy France as well as the frequent references to food.

Feb 05, 2010

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