Chocolat: A Novel

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Penguin Books, 2000 - Fiction - 306 pages
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Even before it was adapted into the Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, Joanne Harris' New York Times bestselling novel, Chocolat entranced readers with its mix of hedonism, whimsy, and, of course, chocolate.

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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The characterisation is perfect and pace too. - LibraryThing
The book is not a love story, its a story about change. - LibraryThing
The writing is excellent and the character likable. - LibraryThing
The writing is very fluid, lyrical and romantic. - LibraryThing
I assume most know the plot of the novel. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - JMlibrarian - LibraryThing

The book is very good, but every one of its flaws and disappointments is corrected beautifully by the film. If you're a fan of the film, you may be shocked to learn that Roux ends up with Josephine at ... Read full review

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User Review  - greatbookescapes - LibraryThing

I never saw the film, just read the book. I enjoyed this book with its almost magical tale of a woman and her daughter starting a new life in a small village in France. An excellent read. 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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