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Blackberry Wine
by Joanne Harris | Literature & Fiction
Registered by Beqi of Daventry, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on 5/11/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by Beqi from Daventry, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Thursday, May 11, 2017

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Jay Mackintosh is trapped by memory in the old familiar landscape of his childhood, to which he longs to return. A bottle of home-brewed wine left to him by a long-vanished friend seems to provide the key to an old mystery. As the unusual properties of the strange brew take effect, Jay escapes to a derelict farmhouse in the French village of Lansquenet.

There, a ghost from the past waits to confront him, and the reclusive Marise - haunted, lovely and dangerous - hides a terrible secret behind her closed shutters. Between them, a mysterious chemistry. Or could it be magic? 


Journal Entry 2 by Beqi at Daventry, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Thursday, July 20, 2017

10 out of 10

Another fantastic Joanne Harris novel, I just *adored* this, my (IIRC) fourth Joanne Harris book after Chocolat, The Lollipop Shoes and Five Quarters of the Orange. It was a beautiful book, taking us back to Lansquenet, the town where Chocolat was based. Gorgeous characters, delicious descriptions of food and wine which is all so lovely I almost wanted to cry (in a good way!) and I want to believe in magic. Highly, highly recommended read, but it may make you nostalgic and also hungry. I'm not very good at book reviews but this Amazon review says it all:

Amazon Review

Joanne Harris weaves spells of "everyday magic" once again in Blackberry Wine. Her previous novel, Chocolat, was a delicious confection, melding together bewitchment and romance in a chocolatier, in the sleepy French village of Lansquenet. This time around six bottles of home-made brew are the catalyst for her "layman's alchemy." The story is even told by a Fleurie 1962: "A pert, garrulous wine, cheery and a little brash, with a pungent taste of blackcurrant!"
Jay Mackintosh, once a literary star, is stalled. He spends his time writing second rate science fiction, leading a hollow media life and drinking: "Not to forget, but to remember, to open up the past and find himself there again." Nice, expensive wines don't do the trick, it's the six "Specials", a gift from Joe, an old friend, that are the magical elixir. Just like Proust's lime blossom tea, they give him the gift of his memories but also unlock his future; Jay escapes the rut of his London life and buys a house in Lansquenet.

As Jay settles in, he contemplates his childhood friendship with Joe, who made the Specials and whose idiosyncratic outlook on life was the inspiration for his only successful book. Jay becomes involved in village life, meeting up with some familiar characters from Chocolat. Caro and Toinette, the snooty troublemakers, make an appearance and Josephine, the bar owner and battered wife of the earlier novel, becomes a real friend. But it is a new character, the enigmatic Marise that becomes the real focus of his attention. It's the lure of her story that really changes his life, re-ignites the flare of his work.

The book is hugely enjoyable. Joanne Harris' Lansquenet is fast becoming a fairy tale destination, where daydreams become enchantingly possible. Joanne Harris's prose in Blackberry Wine adds to the spell. It's warm and heady, an intoxicating read. --Eithne Farry


 


Journal Entry 3 by Beqi at BCUK UnConvention 2017 in Loughborough, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Released 2 mos ago (9/22/2017 UTC) at BCUK UnConvention 2017 in Loughborough, Leicestershire United Kingdom

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Taking this book along to the Loughborough Bookcrossing Unconvention this weekend, 22-24th September and adding to the book buffet. :)  


Journal Entry 4 by snoopy56 at BCUK UnConvention 2017 in Loughborough, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 24, 2017

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Released 2 mos ago (9/24/2017 UTC) at BCUK UnConvention 2017 in Loughborough, Leicestershire United Kingdom

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