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Book Title: La donna alata|
Date of issue: May 30th 2003
ISBN 13: 9788811665397
The author of the book: Joanne Harris
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 988 KB
Read full description of the books La donna alata:I have mixed feelings about this book. It was a nice contrast and complement after The Pillars of the Earth , as that book was set in a monastery in England and this one in a convent in France, though 500 years later. I have not read Chocolat by Harris, but of course I have seen the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it.
This book is quite different—much darker and without a satisfactory ending (in my opinion). I liked the character development of Juliette and the fact that she found peace and comunity at the island convent after her rather troubled past as a gypsy and circus performer. She sought refuge there after she realized she was pregnant, and for awhile she is able to lead a fairly restful life, raising her daughter, tending the herb garden, and teaching Latin to the novices. This all changes when LeMerle, a man from her past, arrives masquerading as a priest with the new strict abbess, with his own evil agenda.
One of the most interesting tidbits of the book was that while the sculpture of the patron saint of the convent, Maire-de-la-mer, is said to be the Holy Mother, it is more than likely a mermaid. While another reviewer has pointed out that this church does not in fact exist, it made me think again how the pagan customs of local people were often merged into the Catholic belief system. It was akin to the blood oath at the Scottish marriage in Outlander by Gabaldon, as well as the Celtic practice that married monks were acceptable in Ireland long after such practices were banned elsewhere, as mentioned in Rutherford’s The Princes of Ireland. This blending of the pagan and the holy pervades the book, manifested not just in the sculpture, but also in Juliette’s herbal remedies as well as her surreptitious card readings to divine LeMerle’s purpose at the convent.
The mystery/thriller aspect of the book did keep me riveted, and I finished it in a few hours this afternoon by the pool. However, I felt the ending would have been better if Harris had finished after the final scene at the convent. Overall, I would recommend it as escapist summer reading, with a darker overtone.
Read information about the authorJoanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre projects as well as developing an original drama for television.
In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.
Her hobbies are listed in Who's Who as 'mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion'. She also spends too much time on Twitter; plays flute and bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16; and works from a shed in her garden at her home in Yorkshire.
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