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Chocolat A timeless novel of a straitlaced village s awakening to joy and sensuality every page offers a description of chocolate to melt in the mouths of chocoholics, francophiles, armchair gourmets, cookbook readers, and lovers of passion everywhereIlluminating Peter Mayle s South of France with a touch of Laura Esquivel s magic realism, Chocolat is a timeless novel of a straitlaced village s awakening to joy and sensuality In tiny Lansquenet, where nothing much has changed in a hundred years, beautiful newcomer Vianne Rocher and her exquisite chocolate shop arrive and instantly begin to play havoc with Lenten vows Each box of luscious bonbons comes with a free gift Vianne s uncanny perception of its buyer s private discontents and a clever, caring cure for them Is she a witch Soon the parish no longer cares, as it abandons itself to temptation, happiness, and a dramatic face off between Easter solemnity and the pagan gaiety of a chocolate festival Chocolat s every page offers a description of chocolate to melt in the mouths of chocoholics, francophiles, armchair gourmets, cookbook readers, and lovers of passion everywhere It s a must for anyone who craves an escapist read, and is a bewitching gift for any holiday Let me start this review by saying I have never seen the film version of Chocolat Therefore, I started reading this with no preconceived notions Well, nothan usual, anyway I liked Chocolat but there were several glaring annoyances that ruined it for me.I did not appreciate the chocolate lovers vs churchgoers plot Casting a priest in the role of the villain irritated me I echo the others who say this is overdone Even so, I think the priest could have been redeemed If only he ha Let me start this review by saying I have never seen the film version of Chocolat Therefore, I started reading this with no preconceived notions Well, nothan usual, anyway I liked Chocolat but there were several glaring annoyances that ruined it for me.I did not appreciate the chocolate lovers vs churchgoers plot Casting a priest in the role of the villain irritated me I echo the others who say this is overdone Even so, I think the priest could have been redeemed If only he had worked through his guilt and developed a good sense of humour and humility But, nooo that would never do Because religious figures can never have true faith rolls eyes And the most unforgivable sin I never really felt anything for the characters No love or sympathy Except maybe Guillaume I liked him.Also, the moral of this book seemed to be Indulge yourself Do what feels right Even if you consequently die get pregnant shame yourself forever Yeah I m not really digging that moral.Yet, I could not dislike this book It was strangely addicting Reading it was like eating a confection you know is not very good when compared with something of a higher calibre, but you keep mindlessly eating it anyway though you re not sure why.Oh Which reminds me Don t read this book if you re on a diet I literally craved chocolate the entire time I was reading There is a lotgoing on in this novel than a simple Catholics bad Pagans good theme that seems to offend readers so much that they miss everything else Some subjects found in this story letting go of children as they grow up and of loved ones who diemoving on from bad relationships and harmful habitsnature nurturefacing your fearsloving friends family strangers for who they arethe assumptions people make about each otherthe right to dieheeding your own advicetolerance eradicating t There is a lotgoing on in this novel than a simple Catholics bad Pagans good theme that seems to offend readers so much that they miss everything else Some subjects found in this story letting go of children as they grow up and of loved ones who diemoving on from bad relationships and harmful habitsnature nurturefacing your fearsloving friends family strangers for who they arethe assumptions people make about each otherthe right to dieheeding your own advicetolerance eradicating temptationclassismfeeling powerlesswanting to control people for their own good letting people make their own decisions even when you disagreeAlso, the priest in the book isn t so simple and evil as people want to believe He suffers moments of doubt that his way is the best I don t mean doubts about his faith religion, but doubts about how he s decided to lead the members of his church and community Is religious tolerance really a slippery slope that they can t handle Further, he struggles with the desire to be moral and create what he considers the best environment for the members of his church and his belief that he ll have to do something immoral to rid the city of the temptation he feels the members of his church are too weak to handle Should he let them fall into sin, lose faith and suffer damnation, or sacrifice his own morality to save theirs If this were such an easy decision for him, as it would be if he were simply evil, he would do something awful right away and we d have a completely different novel Chocolat Chocolat, 1 , Joanne HarrisChocolat is a 1999 novel by Joanne Harris It tells the story of Vianne Rocher, a young single mother, who arrives in the French village of Lansquenet sous Tannes at the beginning of Lent with her six year old daughter, Anouk Vianne has arrived to open a chocolaterie La C leste Praline, which is on the square opposite the church During the traditional season of fasting and self denial she gently changes the lives of the villagers who visit her with a comb Chocolat Chocolat, 1 , Joanne HarrisChocolat is a 1999 novel by Joanne Harris It tells the story of Vianne Rocher, a young single mother, who arrives in the French village of Lansquenet sous Tannes at the beginning of Lent with her six year old daughter, Anouk Vianne has arrived to open a chocolaterie La C leste Praline, which is on the square opposite the church During the traditional season of fasting and self denial she gently changes the lives of the villagers who visit her with a combination of sympathy, subversion and a little magic 2009 1380 406 9645757207 20 1381 368 9646664016 1381 Lansquenet sous Tannes, two hundred souls at most, nothan a blip on the fast road between Toulouse and Bordeaux Blink once, and it s gone One main street, a double row of dun colored half timbered houses leaning secretively together, a few laterals running parallel like the tines of a bent fork A church, aggressively whitewashed, in a square of little shops Farms scattered across the watchful landMagical and scrumptious, Chocolat is a thrilling delight for the senses When Vianne RLansquenet sous Tannes, two hundred souls at most, nothan a blip on the fast road between Toulouse and Bordeaux Blink once, and it s gone One main street, a double row of dun colored half timbered houses leaning secretively together, a few laterals running parallel like the tines of a bent fork A church, aggressively whitewashed, in a square of little shops Farms scattered across the watchful landMagical and scrumptious, Chocolat is a thrilling delight for the senses When Vianne Rocher and her imaginative daughter, Anouk, establish themselves and their chocolaterie in the small, French Catholic town of Lansquenet, they are met with guarded curiosity and veiled hostility As Vianne slowly begins to attract the townspeople with her winning combination of tantalizing chocolate creations and her warm friendship and unprejudiced acceptance, she sparks the wrath of the self righteous and judgmental priest, P re Reynaud Determined to rid the town of both the river gypsies as well as the influence of Vianne Rocher, P re Reynaud readies himself and his church for the battle between what he considers good versus evil But, there is something quite incongruous and disturbing in his convictions He loathes the members of his congregationSheep are not the docile, pleasant creatures of the pastoral idyll Any countryman will tell you that They are sly, occasionally vicious, pathologically stupidHe is arrogant and overly confidentWhen Vianne Rocher sees the power of the church my influence over every single soul in the community then she will know she has lostCan Vianne and P re Reynaud exist side by side in this small community The story alternates between the first person narration of Vianne and P re Reynaud, allowing the reader to become quite intimate with the innermost thoughts of these complex characters With vivid imagery, an entertaining and eccentric cast of secondary characters, and an engaging storyline, author Joanne Harris has created a novel which satisfies not only your senses, but also your intellect Don t let the backdrop of exquisite chocolates and other heavenly concoctions fool you into thinking there is nothingto this novel With its underlying themes of moral perplexities, Chocolat containsthan meets the eye Note to potential reader Prior to opening the pages of this book, I highly recommend that you indulge and stock up on a plentiful supply of superior chocolates to be consumed while reading A last minute search for a leftover Hershey bar or chocolate kiss will leave you a bit disappointed

  • Paperback
  • 306 pages
  • Chocolat
  • Joanne Harris
  • English
  • 21 November 2018
  • 014100018X

About the Author: Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris is an Anglo French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN , and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre projects as well as developing an original drama for television.In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine s College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.Her hobbies are listed in Who s Who as mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest baiting and quiet subversion She also spends too much time on Twitter plays flute and bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16 and works from a shed in her garden at her home in Yorkshire.


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