Blackberry Wine

Blackberry Wine From the author of Chocolat an intoxicating fairy tale of alchemy and love where wine is the magic elixir Jay Mackintosh is a year old has been writer from London Fourteen years have passed since

  • Title: Blackberry Wine
  • Author: Joanne Harris
  • ISBN: 9780385659451
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the author of Chocolat, an intoxicating fairy tale of alchemy and love where wine is the magic elixir.Jay Mackintosh is a 37 year old has been writer from London Fourteen years have passed since his first novel, Jackapple Joe, won the Prix Goncourt His only happiness comes from dreaming about the golden summers of his boyhood that he spent in the company of an eccenFrom the author of Chocolat, an intoxicating fairy tale of alchemy and love where wine is the magic elixir.Jay Mackintosh is a 37 year old has been writer from London Fourteen years have passed since his first novel, Jackapple Joe, won the Prix Goncourt His only happiness comes from dreaming about the golden summers of his boyhood that he spent in the company of an eccentric vintner who was the inspiration of Jay s debut novel, but who one day mysteriously vanished Under the strange effects of a bottle of Joe s 75 Special, Jay decides to purchase a derelict yet promising ch teau in Lansquenet sous Tannes There, a ghost from his past waits to confront him, and his new neighbour, the reclusive Marise haunted, lovely and dangerous hides a terrible secret behind her closed shutters Between them, there seems to be a mysterious chemistry Or could it be magic Joanne Harris s previous novel, Chocolat, was both a dazzling literary success and a commercial triumph Chocolat, the major motion picture directed by Lasse Hallstr m The Cider House Rules , was released in December 2000, starring Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, Dame Judy Dench, Alfred Molina, and Lena Olin.

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    1. This lovely story about Jay & Jackapple Joe is one of my all time favourite books. I could read it over & over again.A story filled with nostalgia, a yearning for wonderful childhood memories, magic and trust. Jay goes on a journey of faith and self discovery, learning how to trust in himself and others, believe in magic and that anything is possible as he once did as a child. With a little help from Joe and his 'specials'. A wonderful heart warming tale that is a pleasure to read.

    2. My first novel by the author of Chocolat and I have to say I enjoyed it far more than expected.The story of Jay Mackintosh, a 37 years old writer, famous because of an only novel written fifteen years ago. Jay seems to have lost inspiration and faith in the magic of life, as if all these feelings had been spent in that successful novel.The novel moves forward and backwards in time, and the reader is able to know young Jay, when he meets Joe, an eccentric old man who leaves a deep impression in l [...]

    3. I loved this story, or maybe I should say, I was in love with this story, I was in love with Joe and his eccentric ways. I loved the gardening, the wine making, the magic. I was in love with the bond of love between old man Joe and young man Jay. This is a book about the young man growing into maturity, into a man who can love a woman and a child and protect what he values. Growing into a man who can accept the weaknesses and mistakes of others, accept those same things in himself, and figure ou [...]

    4. Nothing evokes memories like scents and Joanne Harris is a 'master' of descriptive prose that will bring memories flooding back.The senses are further brought into play with the sounds of the 70s nailed and remembered. The best times of my life childhood memories were exactly depicted in this wonderful story narrated by a bottle of 'fleurie' wine and the 6 'specials' which are filled with magic. Lansquenet the little french village of Chocolat fame is the setting for this book too along with som [...]

    5. I read Harris' Five Quarters of the Orange & Blackberry Wine back to back, so I shalll review them together. They are very similar, actually; a little too much. Both feature lead female protagonists that have strong, proud, independent, walled-away personalities, unwilling to accept, let alone ask, others for any sort of assistance. In both, they are not the lead character, but as the focus of the protagonist, they are as, if not more, important. In Five Quarters of the Orange, this bold fem [...]

    6. The first time I tried to read Blackberry Wine apparently wasn't the right time to try to read this book. This time, though, I read it practically all in one go -- with, yeah, a glass of wine. Joanne Harris' prose is always easy to read, really clear, and I can believe in the characters she creates at least enough to carry on to the very last page. Joe, in particular, rang true with me: a miner's son, a gardener, a Yorkshire lad Jay, perhaps not as much, particularly not at the beginning, but ye [...]

    7. This is a beautiful book, written by the author who later wrote Chocolat. Blackberry Wine takes place in both England and the same small French town that is the setting for Chocolat.Blackberry Wine tells the story of Jay, who as a boy, meets an eccentric man named Joe, who opens Jay's world to gardening and magic and homemade wine. As an adult and established author, Jay escapes his stifling life in England by buying a small cottage in Lansquenet, France, where he not only becomes a gardener, bu [...]

    8. "Ежевичное вино" - шестой роман Джоанн Харрис в моем зачете :)Главный герой - англичанин-писатель Джей Макинтош, повинуясь чарам "Особых" вин, созданных эксцентричным садовником Джо, и детских воспоминаний, приезжает в уже знакомый нам городок Ланскне-су-Танн, чтобы разобрат [...]

    9. I prefer tea….I have mixed feelings about Blackberry Wine, unfortunately more negative than positive. For the first ten chapters I despised this book: I didn’t care about the characters, couldn’t care about the plot and wanted nothing more than to just get through the thing so I could move on to another story. Even though the chapters are short, fifty-seven pages is more than I want to wait for a story to get interesting.Blackberry Wine describes the life of Jay, a one-hit-wonder in the li [...]

    10. I really enjoyed this. I liked the setting (England and France) and the magical quality of the story. I liked the old character, Joe and in my mind saw one of our library patrons playing his part. It made me want to read more of Harris's books. I like the way she conveys that there is more going on in our lives than meets the eye.From Publishers WeeklyLike her well-received 1999 novel, Chocolat, Harris's latest outing unfolds around the arrival of an outsider in a tiny French town. This time win [...]

    11. Of all the books written by Harris, this is my favorite by far. It is a delightful tale of young Jay MacIntosh and the friendship he develops with Joe Cox over the course of 3 summers spent at a small village in England. Joe's past is never made clear; his tales become truth and his truths become tales. The one certainty is that Joe, in his ramshackle cabin knows all there is to know about gardening, herbs and their "magical" healing and protective powers, and wine-making. Althouogh the quality [...]

    12. When I compare this offering from Joanne Harris to her other books, it is just a meh response. I was disappointed. It flipped back and forth between 1975 and 1999 too rapidly. I couldn't really get into either period. The ending was abrupt, like the author herself was tired of the whole thing.I did like some of the characters - Joe & Rosa. It was nice to be in the company of Josephine and Roux again. And there was lots of wine and food to be enjoyed.

    13. Харріс таки дуже моя письменниця - кожна книжка як якась вишукана і дуже смачна страва: от читаєш і реально "смакуєш" всі ті історії.А ще в мене якась особлива, трепетна любов до книжок, де оповідач історії зовсім не людина. Були вже книжки, де розповідь велася від імені смерт [...]

    14. Похоже, у Харрис такой фирменный стиль - маленькие городки, Франция, обыденное волшебство, цыгане на заднем плане, матери-одиночки с дочками, непонятые окружающими, и несколько секретов в шкафу. Во всяком случае, *Ежевичное вино* и *Шоколад* этим всем очень похожи.*Ежевичное в [...]

    15. I read this book as a recommendation from my monthly book club. As someone who might be described as enjoying a glass of wine (perhaps two), I was looking forward to reading it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the characters, the tiny town in France, the bottles of wine that "spoke" (I could relate to that), to Jay and to the belief that all good things can come from a little magic. Because I so enjoyed the movie Chocolat (I had not read the book), I went into this book thinking that it would h [...]

    16. This book offers everything I want in a novel: magic, superstition, gardening, introspection, interesting characters, nostalgia. Yet another book I had to read with pen in hand so I could underline favorite passages. Similiar to Alice Hoffman, Joanne Harris is my new favorite author.

    17. What a wonderful read this is. Thoroughly enjoyed both the plot and the narration of 'Blackberry Wine'. A punch of intoxicating senses which vapouriser's the encantation of the past at every page turn, from page one to the last page. One can almost taste the wine bubbling and working it's magic on the reader too. Super. 'I've had me fill now and bah gum.It tasted ta' right. Hope thee enjoy thy'sen with'dabook, twa's a bloody good read!'.

    18. Writer's block has building blocks and built these walls around me I don't feel lucky in hereburied in my headI'm seeing red and nothing else- mad all the time by waterparksI could't get these lyrics out my head the entire time whilst reading this book

    19. Meh. Disappointing. I found the story predictable, the characters underdeveloped, and the theme a familiar one. I hear happy to finish the book and get on to a new book.

    20. Não há qualquer dúvida de que gostei do que li, ou não fosse fã confesso da escrita e imaginação da autora, mas pela primeira vez, num livro de Joanne Harris, não senti satisfação do principio ao fim. Aliás, foi precisamente aí, principio e fim, que surgiram as grandes dúvidas.A história começa abruptamente e abruptamente acaba. No espaço de poucas páginas, damos por Jay a tomar uma decisão impulsiva que o leva a abandonar a vida que leva e a lançar-se em algo que ele próprio [...]

    21. Fair warning: I’m on a bit of a Joanne Harris binge these days. ”Blackberry Wine” is the story of a writer, widely acclaimed for an insightful novel written fourteen years earlier and financially solvent from lesser sci-fi writing, who is now stuck on so many levels. The novel alternates between Jay McIntosh’s memories of three summers over twenty years before and the present. Adolescent, lonely, left adrift by his parents’ egocentricity and divorce, Jay finds solace from an eccentric, [...]

    22. Unlike Chocolat, these characters couldn't hold their own, which is funny since the book is set near Lansquenet and the charcters from Chocolat hover in the sidelines throughout the story. Josephine and Caro and Georges Clairmont are the main people who interact with Jay, though Roux darts through various scenes as well. But Roux was never as charismatic in the book as he was in the movie, so I didn't mind his non-impact here.ough it just seemed like odd name dropping by the author to continuall [...]

    23. This was a reading group pick and I voted for it because I liked the movie "Chocolat" so wanted to read some books by this author. Blackberry Wine is pretty good; a romance made better because she addressed creativity, community, financial greed and a few other issues.Jay Mackintosh is a blocked novelist, living in London with one of those business-like, smart, pushy young women who seem to run the world these days. He wrote one good novel but now can only write trash. Luckily the trash brings h [...]

    24. Blackberry Wine followed Harris's Chocolat, but well preceeded the movie of Chocolat that brought so many readers to her books. The timing of the writing of these books is relevent, because Blackberry Wine takes place in the same world as Chocolat, with a few characters making cameo appearences. Then came The Lollypop Shoes (or The Girl with No Shadow), a true sequel to Chocolat, and the casting and plot changes from the film are stamped all over the story. But Blackberry Wine continues with the [...]

    25. This is the fifth Joanne Harris novel I’ve read and what I love about her style of writing is the subtle magic that you’re never quite sure is the character’s imagination or a mystical reality. Then she allows another character in on the ‘vision,’ (in this case the child Rosa) and you just marvel at the whole thing. It’s symbolic of letting go and trusting our feelings.Although her theme here is about the magical properties of a special wine, her underlying message is one of goodnes [...]

    26. Although I have had the majority of Joanne Harris's previous novels on my bookshelves for a number of years, so far I have only read Chocolat, Coastliners and Gentleman and Players. Now having just finished Blackberry Wine I intend to rectify this and catch up by reading the rest as soon as possible. So far she has proved to be for me a riveting storyteller, somehow making the locations and characters leap from the page. Her descriptions of food and wine so good that you feel you can smell and t [...]

    27. libro insolito e molto bello, costruito con estrema abilità. In ogni sua parte traspare la competenza, oserei dire la sapienza dell'autrice per quel che riguarda le erbe aromatiche, le erbe medicinali, le bacche selvatiche, le piante da frutto e tutto quel che attiene all'arte dell'orticultura. Ma l'idea portante, forse non troppo originale ma resa con irruente immediatezza, si rifà al solito problema di crescere senza riuscire a staccarsi da quel che di prodigioso è accaduto in passato. Il p [...]

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