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Mangoes and Quince [Hardcover]

Carol Field
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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (NY) (Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582341141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582341149
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,899,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too many stories for one novel 6 Mar 2002
I was given this book to read for book club. I am sure Ms Field writes wonderful cook books and I know this is her first novel, but it is rather ambitious. There are so many stories in the novel that most of them are lost in the weird Asian cult and cookery references. It tends to be overwritten and there is a lack of believability in the characters and events. I was very disappointed with the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Feast for the Senses 2 Mar 2001
By Mathea Falco - Published on Amazon.com
This extraordinary first novel carries the reader into fascinating, mysterious worlds: the Dutch East Indies, the exotic lives of a charismatic cult leader and his followers, and the adventures of a magical monkey named Majine. But the heart of the story is the poignant, moving coming of age of the book's main character. The reader is instantly seduced by the rich images and vivid depictions of both Amsterdam and the East Indies. But Field's descriptions of the sumptuous dishes created by Miranda in her new restaurant are so delicious that the reader is compelled to read more, and then to read again this remarkable novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mangoes and Quince: A novel 10 Jan 2011
By kikidale - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this unpredictable story about exotic places and people and food, hauntingly beautiful,fabulous and bazaar... food and characters that jump off the pages ...I read it years ago and re-purchased it so I could read it again. I'm thinking it should be made into a movie...it is a bit dark in spots, and a little twisted...warning to the faint hearted...:) I'd like to read what others have to say about this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! 3 Aug 2003
By V. Rudd - Published on Amazon.com
I was wandering through the bookstore one afternoon and just picked this up randomly. I can honestly say this is my favourite "pick up" so far, and I pick up many different books. Carol Field is very passionate in her detail, and the characters' stories are ones that you feel personally despite the (at times) exotic locale.
I felt an indifference towards Miranda at first, but I did admire her tenacity. Of the 3 generations of women in that house, I felt the most compassion for the eldest and the youngest, but I guess I understood most where Miranda was coming from......
This is a wonderful book, a captivating read, and a perfect rainy afternoon escape. It won't take you long to finish it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great eading experience 18 Feb 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Just after World War II, Anton brought his Australian "child"-bride Miranda home to Amsterdam, but his mother Ria rejects Miranda. Over the next few years, Anton went on many sea voyages, eventually leaving Miranda and their daughter Diana behind with his mother.
When Diana is still a preadolescent, Anton fails to return from his latest sea voyage. With the bills piling up and no income coming in, Miranda decides to take in borders. Soon her cooking skills become famous and many of the housewives start ordering her dishes. Over the next few years as Diana becomes a teen she misses her father. When Rotterdam anthropologist Max Madoqua learns about all the exotic items in Miranda's home that Anton brought home over the years, he makes an attempt to see them using Diana's father fixation as his avenue to the collection. With Max's prompting, Diana sneaks into her father's two special locked rooms to begin a quest to find out what happened to him.
MANGOES AND QUINCE is a period piece that centers on the deep characters, especially Miranda, Diana, and to a lesser degree Ria and indirectly Anton. The story line travels at a leisurely pace so that the reader can savor the feelings of the principal players. Not for action lovers, Carole Field has written an interesting family drama that will please those historical cozy fans. This is one of those rare books that belong on the keeper shelf

Harriet Klausner
3.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Imagery/Disturbing Subject Matter 15 Sep 2005
By William R. Anglin - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased Carol Field's first novel on a whim and have to admit that, unlike some other reviewers, I found it a definite page turner. My amateur "opinion" is that the author tried to make the storyline as "exotic" and "sumptuous" as possible in every way. Where this worked amazingly was in her frequent descriptions of food, cooking, restaurant preparation, etc. and how the subject of food relates to so many aspects of the characters lives. Where it proved disturbing was in Field's treatment of the pagan sexual "rites" and the disturbing sexual obsessions of the missing husband and father in the novel. Her description of travel among the islands of Indonesia is alluring however (I have no idea if they are accurate). The sexual rites described in the book are very unsettling, even though they do provide an all too vivid explanation for both Miranda and Diana's mental anguish. Where this book shines is in the emotional drawing out of the lives of Miranda and Diana after the death of the grandmother. Their piecing together of their lives through the opening of the restaurant and the accompanying narratives are compelling. I kept wishing that the storyline of the missing father had been less "over-the-top" (even though the chapter that alternates letters from the private investigator looking for the father followed by the meandering visions of Diana at home is frighteningly effective).
The novel concludes with some very beautiful writing about the healing of the indifferent and strained relationships between mother and daughter. Field has a very profound knowledge of structuring sentences and using words to paint vivid mental and emotional images. So I felt that the reviews who dismiss her first novel out-of-hand are wildly missing the point. This is a highly gifted author who could probably achieve a certain level of artistry regardless of the genre she attempts. And I have to say that the spectacle of her descriptions of Miranda's restaurant and the various exotic dishes concocted will long stay in my memory. Oh to have a restaurant like this in my neighborhood <G>.
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