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Family Ties and Traumas,
This review is from: Coastliners (Paperback)
There is a structure to this novel which is reminiscent of that of "Chocolat", so you know how it will end: with a firm romantic uncertainty. That's part of the Harris charm.
The convolutions of the plot are also part of what attracts, as they were in her three previous novels.
Mado is a great heroine: independent, artistic and thoughtful. She is the sort of person the reader can identify with in a wish-fulfillment way.
The road to love is not smooth, and Flynn's possible parentage doesn't help, but he's a cool, uncommitted enigma who you wouldn't mind being tucked up with now and again.
Joanne Harris evokes a feeling of Frenchness which seems authentic to those with a nodding acquaintance with the people. She is one of the best creators of atmosphere in modern novels. They conjure an intimate, fresh and individual setting for each story; the reader is drawn into a feeling of familiarity with the main characters and places.
"Coastliners" tastes of the brine and wind of a Breton island. You can feel the insularity and are drawn into the geography of Le Devin.
Certain characteristics are reminiscent of village life in rural England which aids understanding of the way of life of the people and their attitudes.
A captivating story. Familial ties and treachery, a great setting and characters - Joanne Harris at her best.