Thursday, August 19, 2010

Looking For a Mouthwatering Book to Read?

Salubrious is a word my father used for some incongruous reason, but it always worked.  
And it’s a word that works for for Joanne Harris’ novel, Five Quarters of the Orange.  Delicious.  But fiercely delicious.  I loved every bite.
Here is a woman, Framboise Simon, recalling herself as a wild and willful tomboy, raised in a little French town, occupied by the Germans during World War II by a strange, and sickly mother.  There are marvelously developed secrets and bizarrely formulated interplays that can hardly be anticipated.  
But now she, as an elderly woman, has returned to the town, unrecognized, opens a restaurant and puts the whole thing together.  Believe me, my Kindle got its workout.  
This book never moves slowly;  You delight in the child and fear for her just as you do for her as the old woman.  It makes you long for the food, the smells, the sights, the sounds.
It even teaches.  War is Hell.  But it is fought with and around people who love, feel, suffer, live, long and certainly have to deal with the consequences for the rest of their lives.  
This book was yummy.   Wish I could read it fresh and new again.  


Lindsey said...

I want to read it so bad! It sounds like something I would love! The dumb, stupid Lehi Library doesn't have it though, so hopefully I'll be able to find it somewhere else!

Wendy said...

Hey Lindsey - You might be able to request it from another library. The SL library has inter library loan when I've had trouble finding something really good!