Friday, January 15, 2010
The Lollipop Shoes
If you loved the movie or book Chocolat, then you will want to indulge in this, the sequel. It is quite different to the first book, althought the characters we love, Vianne, Anouk and Roux are back. There is also a new character, Zozie de l'Alba who sweeps into their lives with her colourful clothes, shoes and vivacious ways, and we imagine more wonderful magic will happen. But there is a sinister plan in action, and all is not what it seems.
Joanne Harris creates exquisite character portraits, and her writing is beautifully poetic. While the magic of Chocolat was subtle and inspiring, the magic of this tale is explicit and sometimes malevolent. Harris paints a much darker picture of human nature in this book, but still fills our hearts with a love for romance. And for chocolate! A must read.