Chocolat: A Novel

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Penguin Books, 2000 - Fiction - 306 pages
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Illuminating 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.

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User Review  - SueinCyprus - LibraryThing

This book was pleasant, well-written, and a bit different from most modern books - but having finished it, I'm not sure why so many people rave over it. The story is about Vianne Rocher, a single ... Read full review

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

This book reminds me of The Mistress of Spices (which, in turn, reminded me of Like Water for Chocolate). Viane is so calm in the face of other's pettiness, so confident. And yet, haunted by her late ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Joanne Harris is the author of the Whitbread Award-nominated Chocolat (made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp) and eleven other bestselling novels. She plays bass guitar in a band first formed when she was sixteen, is currently studying Old Norse and lives with her husband and daughter in Yorkshire, England.

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