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  - Jessleehen - LibraryThing

This book was enjoyable enough for a light read and I would have given it 2-3 stars if not for some glaring flaws that threw me right out of the story and made it difficult to keep reading to the end ... Read full review

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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

Overall, I would have to say I liked it, but I'm not sure why. Vianne and Anouk were interesting characters, but the others were mostly too "typed" as either good or bad people, with no shades of grey ... 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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