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e-Book Holy Fools download

e-Book Holy Fools download

by Joanne Harris

ISBN: 0385603649
ISBN13: 978-0385603645
Language: English
Publisher: Transworld Pub; 1st Uk Edition edition (April 30, 2003)
Pages: 359
Category: Genre Fiction
Subategory: Literature

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Rating: 4.4
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I think if I read Joanne Harris' books all at once, the similarities would be too much. As light reading in between other books, though, it's lovely.

I think if I read Joanne Harris' books all at once, the similarities would be too much.

I am Soeur Auguste-who I was does not concern us: not yet, anyway. The abbey is perhaps the only refuge where the past may be left behind. But the past is a sly sickness. It may be carried on a breath of wind; in the sound of a flute; on the feet of a dancer. Too late, as always, I see this now; but there is nowhere for me to go but forward. It begins with the players. Who knows where it may end?

As for the setting of Holy Fools, you will find the island of Noirmoutier on most maps, though it was called Noirs Moustiers (the Monastery of the Black Friars) in 1610, and its shape has altered somewhat since then

As for the setting of Holy Fools, you will find the island of Noirmoutier on most maps, though it was called Noirs Moustiers (the Monastery of the Black Friars) in 1610, and its shape has altered somewhat since then. You still won’t find Le Devin on any map, but if you go to the westernmost point of the island of Noirmoutier (it’s called La Pointe du Devin) and look out to sea, who knows? You may get luck. ackground. The idea for this book came to me from a French history text, in which I found a passing reference to the stringent reform of an abbey in Port-Royal by a newly-appointed Mother.

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Joanne Harris, bestselling author of Chocolat, presents her most accomplished novel yet - an intoxicating concoction that blends theology and reason.

Two days’ enforced silence, with instructions to the other sisters to report immediately any breach of this command. It was no punishment to me. In fact I welcomed the respite. ns were correct, Fleur and I might soon be gone. See me in the confessional after Vespers tomorrow, LeMerle had said. I can help you. He was going to give me Fleur. What else could he have meant? Why else would he risk a meeting? My heart leapt at the thought, all my caution swept aside. To hell with strategy. I wanted my daughter.

Holy Fools is the story of Juliette, a street acrobat who becomes infatuated with Guy LeMerle, a mysterious, corrupt and . Joanne Harris fought hard for LeMerle

Holy Fools is the story of Juliette, a street acrobat who becomes infatuated with Guy LeMerle, a mysterious, corrupt and beautiful young man who leads his outrageous, satirical dance troupe from town to town in plague-torn, politically volatile 17th-century France. Joanne Harris fought hard for LeMerle. Four months before the book came out she said that "LeMerle has already caused more controversy than any other character I have ever created," adding that "I don't see him entirely as a villain. In fact, he is a kind of existential hero. Championed by his stubborn author, LeMerle survived and strutted forth on the page unchanged and unrepentant.

Do you agree or disagree with the advice of Juliette's mother to 'love not often, but forever'? Is this a realistic or idealistic aphorism? Holy Fools contains numerous shifts in point of view. What distinguishes these perspectives? In what way does this device affect the tone of the novel?

I am Soeur Auguste-who I was does not concern us: not yet, anyway.

It begins with the players. I am Soeur Auguste-who I was does not concern us: not yet, anyway. Who knows where it may end?

Joanne Harris is an acclaimed contemporary English writer who writes under mixed genres, such as magic realism and . During this period she worked on a number of book projects

Joanne Harris is an acclaimed contemporary English writer who writes under mixed genres, such as magic realism and gastromance. She was born in Barnsley in Yorkshire, to an English father and a French mother. During this period she worked on a number of book projects. Holy Fools opens in a nunnery, with the story of a young woman, Juliette, now known as Souer Auguste, and her young daughter Fleur.

Suddenly she stiffened. Holy Mother! The silence! The penance! I shushed her furiously. This performance was for his benefit, and he knew it. Mère Isabelle stood next to him, watching us with lips slightly parted. This was more like it, I thought fiercely. It took three of us-Germaine, Marguerite, and a deaf nun called Soeur Clothilde-to hold her, to pry open her mouth to stop her from swallowing her tongue, and even then she continued to scream until finally Père Colombin himself came to bless her, and she lay rigid and still against him. At that point Isabelle turned on me.

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Ghile
This was set in 1610 but the actions and thoughts of the characters were not Medieval. They seemed far too contemporary. It was much too long and repetitive. I didn't like it. I really can't believe women of 1610 acted with such autonomy and freedom. But it could be I prefer more accurate historical fiction.

Frdi
As the clever and resourceful rope dancer L'Ailee of a traveling troupe of actors, Juliette begins her narrative with her own admission that the birth of her daughter, Fleur, five years earlier, has mellowed and changed her. Deeming her old life reckless, she had taken refuge at the solitary Abbey of Sainte Marie de la Mer as Soeur Auguste. For five years she has lived a predictable life of peace until now when the new Reverend Mother and her personal confessor Pere Colombin infiltrate her island retreat. But the good father is no priest, he is LeMerle, a seasoned actor from Juliette's past---the leader of the troupe of players who could have been Fleur's father---a man who has betrayed and murdered whom Juliette both fears and harbors feelings of helpless affection and deep regrettable love. Before Juliette can even imagine what he has come to the Abbey for, she and her daughter are caught as pawns in LeMerle's personal activation of an agenda fed on revenge and anger rooted in LeMerle's shady past.

Like Joanne Harris' other leading ladies, Juliette of 'Holy Fools' delights in being a pragmatic woman on her own who does not hesitate to ameliorate good fortune or banish evil through unconventional means: her gypsy mother's charms, frequent readings of the tarot, the scientific alchemy learned by her childhood tutor and herbal potions galore. Certainly no wallflower, she has no qualms about using her body in lieu of her mind in order to reposition herself positively in the hazardous melange of religious fervor and superstition that defines her world of 16th century France. Her tales are told in flashback to fill the reader in on her assessment of her situation as LeMerle's plot unfurls. Harris masterfully and commendably conveys the poignant wishes of any mother along with the desperation and vulnerability associated with being responsible for another life while using Juliette's voice.

While the reader has no problem understanding Juliette's motivation with regard to Fleur, I think her attraction to LeMerle could have been more chemically described, perhaps in the portions of the story where LeMerle's voice is heard. We hear him as a villain using the superstition of the time to feed old anguish and we comprehend that he does have regrets regarding his reliance on Juliette's reactions in the overall outcome of his plan. While we feel her pain with regard to the loss of her daughter, and her anger in terms of LeMerle's betrayal, we don't quite engage in the elemental love between these two main characters. Granted, the LeMerle character has a lot going on, as does Harris as she attempts to keep the master plan an overall secret, but I still would have liked to feel more of the magnetism between the two. This would have contributed much to the ending, which in itself came as a bit of a surprise only because Juliette shows a little too much of her anger for LeMerle and concern for her daughter rather than reveal that secret part of herself that glows only in LeMerle's presence and may succumb even in the face of motherhood.

In spite of this, I still give the novel 5 stars. Harris simply tells a great story and evokes a France of history. Her use of the Abbey with its tide-dependent causeway set on the Atlantic coast of France near Nantes brings back the familiar sensual pleasures evoked by the same setting in her earlier book "Coastliners." Here the origins of the mermaid-tailed Sainte Marie-de-la-mer from her mythical island of Le Devin is explained and instead of the adorable and disagreeable villagers of Les Salants we are introduced to a community of nuns, all saints and sinners. Instead of the food used as aphrodisiac and appeasement in her food trilogy, Chocolat, Blackberry Wine and Five Quarters of the Orange, we are medicated with Juliette's herbal potions and gypsy cantrips and dazzled by the sights, sounds and scents of the older still mesmerizing Harris portrayal of France. Recommended to all who have loved her other books or to those who love intrigue set in a historical world.

Mautaxe
Everything Joanne Harris writes is moving, crisp, and succulent. I will read every story, regardless of the tale, just to appreciate accomplished writing.

allegro
I could not put this book down. I didn’t get enough sleep as a result. The characters of Juliette and Guy, their strange dance of light and dark, kept me guessing throughout the book.

nadness
I'm never disappointed with a Joanne Harris novel. Mystery, intrigue and some super-natural just for fun. The subject matter was a little out of my realm.

Oghmaghma
I am a fan of her books: "it is not what is told but HOW is the stody told" that normally grabs our attention. In this case it is BOTH; this is an excellent book, and although it is supposed to be a historical novel, it has the XXI century perspective that provides insighful thoughts thorughout the chapters with an unexpected and wonderful ending.

Thordibandis
Hmmmm
Exceptional storytelling. It is still buzzing around in my mind.

Facinating characters and great story.

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