Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris

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This sequel to 'Chocolat' was published in the USA with the title 'The Girl with No Shadow'

It does not actually matter if you have not read 'Chocolat' as this novel stands alone ok, but I do think you are missing out as I personally feel  'Chocolat' is better than this sequel and you are also missing out on having got to know the characters of Vianne and Anouk already. 

'Chocolat' made it into a top ten titles of the decade that I wrote about on this blog. Lovereading Books of the Decade. Also see my review here Now you know that I recommend you read 'Chocolat' first on with what happens in the sequel!

Life has moved on a few years and Vianne and her daughters are now living in Paris using different names to protect themselves from the past.  Narrated in the voices of the three main protagonists, Vianne, Anouk and Zozie the stranger that infiltrates herself into their lives with evil intentions. They tell a dark anxiety driven story that although it ends well is full of magic, worries and fear.  The magic content is a much stronger presence this time although when the novel starts we find that Vianne Rocher now known as Yanne Charbonneau has all but given up her special skills as she no longer trusts herself. Her daughter Anouk, or Annie as she is now known finds her mother a much changed person and it is for that reason that she so easily becomes attached to the flamboyant and magical Zozie.

If you do not mind books that are full of occult and you want a story that has some mystery and intrigue, along with mouth watering descriptions of chocolates then this is definitely worth reading.

I have read and enjoyed all, I think of Joanne Harris's novels up to and including Gentleman and Players.  I will now be on the look out for her most recently published novels.

Runemarks - 2007 - About the book

blueeyedboy - 2010 - About the book

If you want to learn more about 'The Lollipop Shoes' you can do so here on Joanne Harris's Official Website

This interview with Joanne Harris is also worth listening to, it will only take a minute of your time and give you further insight into her as an author.

14 comments:

  1. ok I have added Chocolat to my wish list, I have never read it or seen the film or know anything about it but I keep seeing recommendations for it!

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  2. Jessica - From what I have seen on your own blog I think you will enjoy both 'Chocolat' and 'The Lollipop Shoes' as you seem to have an eclectic taste in reading material.
    I am sending this out as a Bookcrossing Bookring if you are interested in joining in, just let me know. It would be awhile before it reached you giving you time to read 'Chocolat' first.

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  3. I haven't read Chocolat either :)

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  4. Booklover - As I have said to Jessica I can arrange to add you to the list for The Lollipop Shoes if you are interested.

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  5. Shellie - I read both this summer, and I agree, while it's not essential to have read Chocolat first, the reader will be missing out on quite a bit of character development. I also agree that Chocolat is the better of the two novels.

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  6. Diane - this has been lounging on my TBR shelf a while.

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  7. Shellie - What a coincidence Shellie, thanks for your comments, lovely to hear from you.

    Diane - I hope you will read it soon and let us know what you think.

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  8. I loved 'Chocolat' so I must check out the next one - I had no idea there was a follow-up!

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  9. Talli - do check it out especially as you enjoyed 'Chocolat'. This is also being sent travelling via Bookcrossing, so if you are interested I can add you to the list.

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  10. Oooh I am intrigued. I "had" to watch 'Chocolat' for an extra credit assignment in college and remember being pleasantly surprised. I will have to check it out. And I love when great books have sequels, so of course I'll be forced to read them both.

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  11. Knox - It sounds fun to have to watch a film for a college assignment to me! I do hope you will read both of them now and do come back and let us know what you thought. Welcome to my blog and thanks so much for commenting it is appreciated.

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  12. Chocolat is one of my absolute favorite books ever...I'm kind of afraid to read this one ;)

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  13. Michelle - I know it took you awhile to like Chocolat but I do not think you would regret reading this sequel. Why not join my Bookring?
    http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/6214860

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