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Chocolat
Chocolat
Author: Joanne Harris
In tiny Lansquenet, where nothing much has changed in a hundred years, beautiful, unmarried newcomer Vianne Rocher and her young daughter sweep into the pinched little town on a wave of gossip. On the heels of the carnival, Vianne promptly opens a chocolate shop right across the square from the church, and thus begins to wreak havoc with the tow...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780140282030
ISBN-10: 0140282033
Publication Date: 1/1/2000
Pages: 306
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 122 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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achadamaia avatar reviewed Chocolat on + 48 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This is a wonderful story. A bit different from the movie version. Although I liked the movie, the differences in story line make more sense in the book version.
Transamgirl avatar reviewed Chocolat on
Helpful Score: 3
This is a slightly mystical story involving chocolate, relationships, and a bit of romance. The author has a unique writing style. I felt like i really knew the characters as the story unfolded. I recommend this book.
reviewed Chocolat on + 25 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This was an entertaining quick read. I make it a point not to compare different art forms (books vs. movies), but I would recommend reading this whether or not you liked the movie.
CheriePie avatar reviewed Chocolat on + 149 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A great read, I really enjoyed it. Character-wise, Reynaud stands for everything I dislike about the Catholic religion and I really hated his character in this story: a true villian, bigot, and zealot. I could never wrap my mind around some of the Catholic ideals and concepts--Lent and abstinence, original sin, and the like. Reynaud likes to take the words of the Bible and warp them to his own twisted means.

Vianne is exactly the opposite of Reynaud and stands for everything I believe in and all that is right with the world; her outlook on life closely mirroring my own--except for the parts about fleeing from place to place to escape The Black Man. She was a good mother and a wonderful woman, and I was happy to see the impact she had on many of the people of Lansquenet, giving them strength and courage, and a new love for life.

The premise of the story, a chocolate boutique opened by Vianne in a strictly Catholic village, allows the characters, both major and minor, to examine their beliefs as the priest Reynaud speaks out against the debauchery of the chocolatier. Joanne Harris, the author, is very good at describing things in the best frame of reference, the chocolates, the flowers of springtime, the images brought to mind while reading this book were both beautiful and mouth-watering. And seeing as how it's just past Halloween, and a recent vacation to Key West from which I just returned last week, I happened to find all kinds of chocolate in the house which we usually don't have. I think this book may have caused me to gain a few pounds because with all the reading about chocolate, goodness knows I had to indulge. Heh, at least all the Halloween chocolate is almost gone now... though I miss the Key West fudge and Lindt chocolates. LOL
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Helpful Score: 1
Fantastic book and movie!
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reviewed Chocolat on + 522 more book reviews
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...
elizabeths avatar reviewed Chocolat on + 2 more book reviews
What a beautiful, fairy-tale like story. I love the characters.
justreadingabook avatar reviewed Chocolat on + 1546 more book reviews
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.


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