Michelle Knowlden, author of the Abishag Wife mystery series, tagged me in the Chocolate Blog hop where you relate favorite books to chocolates. A delicious idea. Here are three of mine:
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. Bourbon-Vanilla Ganache infused with Provencale Lavendar, enrobed in Venezualan Dark Chocolate by Z Chocolat. A far from mundane chocolate for an aristocratic vampire unlike any other–shameless, witty, egotistical, and exotic. Lestat remains my favorite vampire.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Dark Chocolate Caramel with Black Sea Salt by Z Chocolat. I fall into this book every time I read it and am overwhelmed with the desire to visit Eastern Europe. Her descriptions of the Slovenian countryside, of the Roman town of Emona, and particularly of the art-nouveau teahouse where the narrator and her father took their tea, bear the richness of caramel wrapped in dark chocolate. I love the way Kostova combined folklore, myth and history, salted with the mystery of Vlad the Impaler, whose dark history formed the basis of the legend of Dracula to create a story that never fails to draw me straight through from the first page to the last.
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Strawberry Chocolate Cream gowned in Milk Chocolate. I’m entranced by the perfection of Flaubert’s prose, the beautiful and precise details of each scene that conveyed Emma Bovary’s foolish behavior, her hungry romanticism, her desperate desire for a refined and glittering life, and her tragic end. Henry James described Madame Bovary as “ideally done.” True.
I tag Ruth Kozak whose first novel, Shadow of the Lion, an historical novel about Alexander the Great, is slated for publication in the United Kingdom in 2014 by Media Aria-CDM Publishers.
And I tag Rebecca Lang. Books and chocolates–what say you?