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D the one man she fears than any otherSoeur Auguste has a secret Once she was l'Ailée The Winged One star performer of a troupe led by LeMerle before betrayal forced her to change her identity But now the past has found her Before long thanks to LeMerle suspicion and debauchery are breeding like a plague within the convent's walls fueled by dark rumors of witchcraft part of the false priest's brilliantly orchestrated scheme of revenge To protect herself and her beloved child l'Ailée will have to perform one last act of dazzling daring audacious than any she has previously attempted. The plot of this novel is fairly original and the beginning seemed promising Where it failed was on the actual execution of the plot and motivation of characters The whole plot just seems unlikely Things happen without explanation and it is hard to believe how these people got from what they used to be to what they are Another problem is that this book did not give me the feel of the time period

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Holy Fools

R the birth of her daughter she takes up the veil and a new name Soeur Auguste But the peace she has found in re mote isolation is shattered five years later by the events that follow the death of her kind benefactress the Reverend MotherWhen a new abbess the daughter of a corrupt noble family elevated by the murder of King Henri IV arrives at Sainte Marie de la mer she does not arrive alone With her is her personal confessor and spiritual guide Père Colombin a man Soeur Auguste knows all too well For the newcomer is Guy LeMerle a charlatan and seducer now masuerading as a priest an. A gorgeous compelling story set in mediaeval France Holy Fools has all the ingredients I love in Joanne Harris s books There s a strong complex heroine with pagan inclinations a few villains a slightly gothic setting and a lot of less than comfortable reflections on the human condition Harris has a very warts and all approach to portraying people She doesn t tend to do clear lines between the wholly good and the wholly bad and I love this about her workOne of the themes running through this novel is that way in which people are often complicit in their own oppression In trying to please the oppressor and trying to avoid punishment we give other names to the witch hunter We accuse someone else to take attention from ourselves So often what is called for in oppressive scenarios is a banding together to fight off the tyrant If there s one tyrant and many people being mistreated weight of numbers should fix it but often it doesn t Instead in trying to protect ourselves we uphold evil systems and support those who abuse usThis is a powerful story the characters are many and brought to life with consummate skill I am absolutely convinced that just reading Joanne Harris has the effect of making me a better author I learn so much from her work and am constantly aware that I have a lot of learning to do yet

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With her internationally bestselling novels Chocolat Blackberry Wine Five uarters of the Orange and Coastliners Joanne Harris has woven intoxicating spells that celebrate the sensuous while exposing the passion secrets and folly beneath the surface of rustic village life In Holy Fools her most ambitious and accomplished novel to date she transports us back to a time of intrigue and turmoil of deception and masueradeIn the year 1605 a young widow pregnant and alone seeks sanctuary at the small Abbey of Sainte Marie de la mer on the island of Noirs Moustiers off the Brittany coast Afte. Holy Fools 0 552 77001 9What happened here I loved Chocolat and I adored Five uarters of the Orange Holy Fools however seems like it came from a completely different author The book is acceptable but not up to Harris standards To start the Mother Daughter theme that Harris employs so well is deeply underdeveloped here as of a plot device than anything else There was a lot of potential here a nun with a beloved daughter raising her to be safe from the outside world and yet perhaps a little too sheltered Unfortunately the daughter seems a little underdeveloped neither rebellious and wanting to know the curiosities of the outside world nor a little too content in her cocoon Instead the daughter seems only to exist to serve as a kidnaphostage victim so that our heroine cannot effectively flee or intervene when the madness begins I could accept the daughter as hostage plot device were the main character not so otherwise one dimensional The evil mustache twirling villain has abused her in numerous ways and yet she seems intently less interested in bearing a grudge and intent on mooning her way back into his bed Once there however it never seems to occur to our heroine to tie him up and persuade him to tell her the secret location of her kidnapped daughter instead she just focuses on having a nice tumble and heading off cheerily the next morning The lackluster narrative conflicts deeply with the established character of the narrator she s been shown to have great survival skills and would manage easily on her own with the child outside the nunnery so why does it not even occur to her to take a runner Harris crisp insight into females isn t just lost on our heroine All the women in this novel are almost irredeemable idiots The nuns descend almost instantly into madness under the manipulation of the villain This isn t presented as religious hysteria the women seem either intensely stupid or completely eager to join the villain for their own selfish reasons The subtlety necessary for religious hysteria seems completely absent here which is astonishing because I believe that if anyone could have pulled it off Harris could have Again what happened here This isn t a bad novel It s got enough cliches to shake a stick at and it s incredibly frustrating at bits but so are many decent novels But this is a bad novel for Harris You may enjoy this if you check it out at a library but don t expect Harris uality In the end I didn t hate it but I was deeply disappointed Ana Mardoll


10 thoughts on “Holy Fools

  1. says:

    I finally read a Joanne Harris book Have looked at these books for years and have always loved the covers but thought they could be winners or losers for me but this was a winnerA young lady spends her early years traveli

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    Holy Fools 0 552 77001 9What happened here? I loved Chocolat and I adored Five uarters of the Orange Holy Fools however seems like it came from a completely different author The book is acceptable but not up to Harris' standards To start the Mother Daughter theme that Harris employs so well is deeply underdeveloped here as of a plot device than anything else There was a lot of potential here a nun with a beloved daughter raising her to be

  4. says:

    A gorgeous compelling story set in mediaeval France Holy Fools has all the ingredients I love in Joanne Harris’s books There’s a strong complex heroine with pagan inclinations a few villains a slightly gothic setting and a lot of less than comfortable reflections on the human condition Harris has a very warts and all

  5. says:

    Although I really enjoy reading Harris’s works I’m beginning to wonder if she has something against the Catholic church In the majority of the books I’ve read written by her someone or something from the Catholic church ends up being the baddie and the Church itself is inevitably portrayed as corrupted and judgmental I’m not Catholic but I’d hope that someone who is as lovely an author as she is could branch

  6. says:

    Not at all what I anticipated from the blurb I have read online I was expecting it to be of a theatre based story but I loved it either wayI loved all the twists and turns in the story and the fact I could never be sure what to think about each character other than Juliette our main narrator because everything that seemed to be true was uncov

  7. says:

    Joanne Harris can spin a tale I was totally captivated by this magical medieval story that follows two adversaries who both love and vie with each other Juliette is a high wire artist who was raised as a gypsy She seeks refuge at the Abbey of Sainte Marie de la mer when she becomes pregnant with her baby Fleur She enjoys the uiet life there tending her herbs etc until she once again comes in contact with the Blackbird the conniving and cru

  8. says:

    The plot of this novel is fairly original and the beginning seemed promising Where it failed was on the actual execution of the plot and motivation of characters The whole plot just seems unlikely Things happen without explanation and it is hard to believe how these people got from what they used to be to what they are Another problem is that this book did not give me the feel of the time period

  9. says:

    ‘Time’s black rosary counts the interminable seconds’ In 17th Century France Soeur Auguste lives a gentle generous life in the remote island abbey of Sainte Marie de la Mer together with her daughter Fleur She is loved and valued by her sisters in faith as much for her skills with medicinal plants as for her sweet and kindly nature But Soeur Auguste is hiding a secret She is not the impoverished widow of her ‘

  10. says:

    One of the reasons I like to read historical fiction set in far away places is I learn about history and far away places This book doesn't give that satisfaction because instead of doing historical and locational research the author

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