A very good read! This was my first Joanne Harris book but it won't be my last! I really enjoyed the book and liked it better than the movie. The movie left out a lot of the more controversial plot lines but the movie itself is worth seeing for the French scenery. The book is a good read around Easter time since it takes place during the period of lent. I really liked the descriptions and the characters in the book and I agree with the other reviewer about the characters of Reynaud and Vianne. The book deals a lot with the themes of what it means to be a good person no matter what your religious believes or social status.
How can you not love anything by Joanne Harris. This is a little quirky, but aren't they all. I really enjoyed it.
This book, as with all Joanne Harris books, is a must read. Actually, I liked Blackberry Wine better but this one was great as well. Just be careful about chocolate cravings it gives you!
This is a delightful read. Vianne Rocher's character has the ability to transform people. From her own life's struggles, she shares her encouragement. I found Rocher's pick of character names funny; Rocher-a brand of chocolate for Vianne- the chocolatier, & Muscat -a wine; for the town drunk. Rocher's writing is a great novel, well-written, a little of French gastronomy; imaginary, but believable characters. It will keep you reading to the end...
What a beautiful, fairy-tale like story. I love the characters.
One of my favorite go to books. The story of the how a township can be changed for the better with the acceptance of those different from themselves and the magic of chocolat.
Beautiful Vivianne Rocher opens a chocolate shop in the small French town of Lansquenet. The people of this isolated little village view her and her daughter with suspicion, especially when she serves her decadent delicacies on Sundays! Located across from the church, she can see the local priest always watching. She thinks of him as the man in black who has haunted her dreams her since childhood.
Vivianne wears bright colors and identifies closely with anyone who comes into her shop, even the "river people" when they park their houseboats on the banks of the local river. Vivianne is carefree, happy and giving to all she meets. Is she a witch as the priest believes or just a sensitive person who strives to help others? The magic of this delightful read may remain your heart for some time. I really liked Chocolat.
From the back cover:
"When beautiful, unmarried Vianne Rocher sweeps into the pinched little French town of Lansquenet on the heels of the carnival and opens a gem of a chocolate shop across the square from the church, she begins to wreak havoc with the town's Lenten vows. Her uncanny ability to perceive her customers' private discontents and alleviate them with just the right confection coaxes the villagers to abandon themselves to temptation and happiness, but enrages Pere Reynaud, the local priest. Certain only a witch could stir such sinful indulgence and devise such clever cures, Reynaud pits himself against Vianne and vows to block the chocolate festival she plans for Easter Sunday, and to run her out of town forever. Witch or not (she'll never tell), Vianne soon sparks a dramatic confrontation between those who prefer the cold comforts of the church and those who revel in their newly discovered taste for pleasure."