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Blackberry Wine - Joanne Harris
Blackberry Wine
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Joanne Harris weaves spells of "everyday magic" once again in Blackberry Wine. Her previous novel, Chocolat, was a delicious confection, melding together bewitchment and romance in a chocolatier, in the sleepy French village of Lansquenet. This time around six bottles of home-made brew are the... show more
Joanne Harris weaves spells of "everyday magic" once again in Blackberry Wine. Her previous novel, Chocolat, was a delicious confection, melding together bewitchment and romance in a chocolatier, in the sleepy French village of Lansquenet. This time around six bottles of home-made brew are the catalyst for her "layman's alchemy." The story is even told by a Fleurie 1962: "A pert, garrulous wine, cheery and a little brash, with a pungent taste of blackcurrant!"Jay Mackintosh, once a literary star, is stalled. He spends his time writing second rate science fiction, leading a hollow media life and drinking: "Not to forget, but to remember, to open up the past and find himself there again." Nice, expensive wines don't do the trick, it's the six "Specials", a gift from Joe, an old friend, that are the magical elixir. Just like Proust's lime blossom tea, they give him the gift of his memories but also unlock his future; Jay escapes the rut of his London life and buys a house in Lansquenet. As Jay settles in, he contemplates his childhood friendship with Joe, who made the Specials and whose idiosyncratic outlook on life was the inspiration for his only successful book. Jay becomes involved in village life, meeting up with some familiar characters from Chocolat. Caro and Toinette, the snooty troublemakers, make an appearance and Josephine, the bar owner and battered wife of the earlier novel, becomes a real friend. But it is a new character, the enigmatic Marise that becomes the real focus of his attention. It's the lure of her story that really changes his life, re-ignites the flare of his work.The book is hugely enjoyable. Joanne Harris' Lansquenet is fast becoming a fairy tale destination, where daydreams become enchantingly possible. Joanne Harris's prose in Blackberry Wine adds to the spell. It's warm and heady, an intoxicating read. --Eithne Farry
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Format: audiobook
ISBN: 9781840324990 (1840324996)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Audio Books
Edition language: English
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TezMillerOz
TezMillerOz rated it
0.0 Blackberry Wine
Book Love
Book Love rated it
Great book!!
DaringPeg
DaringPeg rated it
The fluidity of the two times was masterfully done. There was no point in the book out of place or awkward. It was cute in a way how the wine 'spoke' throughout the story and gave foreshadowing. It was also rather nice how the first book showed up in the form of Josephine. The ending of the book wa...
Książkowo czyta
Książkowo czyta rated it
2.5 Jeżynowe wino
Powieść dokładnie w stylu Joanne Harris. Apetyczna, magiczna i pełna nieuchwytnych emocji...
cczarneckikernus
cczarneckikernus rated it
2.0 Blackberry Wine
ok, not one of her best
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