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Download Ñ Holy Fools í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB 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 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 Harris but of course I have seen the movie and thoroughly enjoyed itThis book is uite different much darker and without a satisfactory ending in my opinion I liked the character development of Juliette and the fact that she found peace and comunity at the island convent after her rather troubled past as a gypsy and circus performer She sought refuge there after she realized she was pregnant and for awhile she is able to lead a fairly restful life raising her daughter tending the herb garden and teaching Latin to the novices This all changes when LeMerle a man from her past arrives masuerading as a priest with the new strict abbess with his own evil agenda One of the most interesting tidbits of the book was that while the sculpture of the patron saint of the convent Maire de la mer is said to be the Holy Mother it is than likely a mermaid While another reviewer has pointed out that this church does not in fact exist it made me think again how the pagan customs of local people were often merged into the Catholic belief system It was akin to the blood oath at the Scottish marriage in Outlander by Gabaldon as well as the Celtic practice that married monks were acceptable in Ireland long after such practices were banned elsewhere as mentioned in Rutherford s The Princes of Ireland This blending of the pagan and the holy pervades the book manifested not just in the sculpture but also in Juliette s herbal remedies as well as her surreptitious card readings to divine LeMerle s purpose at the convent The mysterythriller aspect of the book did keep me riveted and I finished it in a few hours this afternoon by the pool However I felt the ending would have been better if Harris had finished after the final scene at the convent Overall I would recommend it as escapist summer reading with a darker overtone

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Download Ñ Holy Fools í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB 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 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 uncovered to be false especially behaviours of certain peopleWhat the novel said about sin behaviours of people who are not void of sins what we choose to believe in about motherhood and motherly instincts jealousy etc was so deeply rooted in real psychology thus it hit hard for me because of its genuinity To be honest I see certain behavioural patterns portrayed in the book present in today s era THAN EVER Getting petty revenge on people who ridicule us Believing in and giving their trust to the people who are cunning and who can sell themselves if they are attractive it does not hurt right Using gullible andor young and inexperienced people to reach one s goal Suspecting the weird people when something is going wrong People seemingly getting along nicely playing each other out to be near the firenot to even talk about how eerily the theatre part is resonating with the big abuse scandal of Hollywood you would have thought we have reached a point where actresses are not treated as prostitutes to prominent menBut I also liked how religious communities in good times were shown I do think this was drawn from reality too how they sometimes act as refuge for those whose lives seem irrepairableI liked how the villain was villanous and someone who love to hate with this enigmatic evilness in him but at the same time he was not an empty shell and he had the motivation and a background that can explain his behaviour partly and also he was not without emotions I also loved how our main heroine was not perfectly good but likeable I don t have children but I think I can understand her decisions in th light of her wanting to save her daughter for which goal she is ready to commit sins And I also think I understood the dynamics of her relatinship with LeMerle I can imagine that there is that sort of partly emotional partly sexual passionattraction that is really hard to break even though you know the other person is only going to cause you miseryPlus yes the theatre parts were a huge plus for me as someone whose biggest passion in life is theatre or at least one of the bigger passions I really felt there was great research behind those elements

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Download Ñ Holy Fools í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB 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 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 cruel yet charming Guy LeMerle who shows up disguised as P re Colombin de Saint Amand confessor to the newly appointed abbess Juliette and LeMerle have been both lovers and antagonists and their relationship is the central theme of Harris story They are like magnets the positive and negative aspects of their personalities pulling them together and thrusting them apart as they battle each other while at the same time respecting the other s movesSet in 17th century France when internal conflicts beset the Catholic church the story is both theatrical and intense Harris keeps the reader s attention with the developing intrigue between her two main characters One is never uite sure how LeMerle will manipulate events and if Juliette will continue to be a victim or emerge victorious She knows LeMerle s favors always come with a price and the story reaches a turning point when she realizes that pride is all he hasThis is the fourth Joanne Harris book I ve read and I have yet to be disappointed

  • Hardcover
  • 432
  • Holy Fools
  • Joanne Harris
  • English
  • 22 November 2019
  • 9780385603645