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Chocolat [Paperback]

Joanne Harris
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read June 2 2012
By Erica
I was looking for a new book to read, and spotted this on my mother's shelf. Since I have wanted to see the movie based on this book for a long time, I decided to give it a go. I really enjoyed reading this novel, Joanne Harris does a wonderful job of making you feel like you are really in the town and seeing what is happening. Her descriptions of everything make it a joy to read, giving detail, but not dragging on too long. It was a quick read, almost effortless, and hard to put down. I would definitely recommend this book, however perhaps not for the person on a diet - my mouth was definitely watering at all the descriptions of how the chocolates are made, and had to make myself a hot chocolate to satisfy my chocolate craving!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Chocolat Review May 14 2004
I thought the book Chocolat was great and I enjoyed reading it. It was definitely a change of pace from all other books I have read in school which made it that much more enjoyable. I think that it was a good decision for Joanne Harris to have the book set up in journal entries by both Vianne and Reynaud because it allowed us to see both of their points of view instead of only one perspective throughout the entire novel.
I thought the details in the book were amazing especially about the chocolates because most of the time I could almost taste the chocolates in my mouth as I was reading it.
Vianne Rocher was a very admirable character in this novel. She demonstrated the strengths of a woman and the courage to stand up against a society for your beliefs. She remained strong even when she became pregnant and when Roux left her for Josephine. I think that she was portrayed very well in the novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars chocolat review May 13 2004
By Julie
Chocolat by Joanne Harris can be depicted as an inspirational novel. Vianne Rocher, the main character, is a unique woman who will not conform to the ways of society. This is an amazing story that relates to happiness, sorrow and romance. Harris reflects Vianne as a woman worthy of praise. Vianne easily disregards the opinions of society. She is deeply rooted in her own morals and beliefs. The author captures the spirit of the characters as well as fulfilling the beauty and magic of the town. She also provides vivid descriptions and images of the townspeople and their reactions to Vianne and her daughter Anouk. However nothing compares to the images the author provides when Vianne is brewing up her famous chocolate recipes. My favorite scene was the arrival Roux. I knew something special was going to happen between him and Vianne. Joanne Harris is more than capable of grabbing the reader's attention, in fact she is able to leave their emotions rising and falling with every turn of the page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars delicious March 2 2001
Wow- this was a quick read. Considering I'm a mother with two young children and never get a chance to see a movie. So low and behold I pick up the novel and boy was I happy. I began reading the book on Ash Wednesday and was completed on on the first Friday lent. Also coming from a very strict religious family during lent and its odd sacrifices that we must endure through this book really made me smile through out. A must read for all who need a realistic novel that any one who went to church can relate too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!! May 18 2004
I watched the movie "Chocolat" a year or so ago and found myself amazed at the sensuality of this little story. So I decided to read the book although I felt I knew the story.
Joanne Harris is a brilliant story teller with such admiration for the senses that she pulls her readers into a land of sensory overload where you want to reside forever. The book is different than the movie (isn't this always the case?) but just as entertaining. The delicate prose and romantic verse keep you interested until the very end and then for days and days afterwards. I dare you to read this tale and not find yourself sipping wine and cocoa while being tempted by all the chocolate. France will be calling your name!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chocolat! May 13 2004
Chocolat by Joanne Harris was an exceptionally well written novel and now one of my favorites. I particularly enjoyed the journal format of the book between the two protagonists, Vianna and Reynaud. The book has a fairytale like sensation centered around the magical touch of Vianne. Her mystique of people's sense and chocolate is mesmerizing. The contrasts of masculine and femininie support the novel well, as well as the struggle between Vianne and the church. The ending caught me by surprise and it sure is the unexpected. Chocolat is a heart warming and enjoyable story. The only downfall: the intense chocolate cravings the whole time you read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sugared Magic Realism July 12 2004
In this lusciously mystical novel, Vianne Rocher and her young daughter Anouk arrive in a small French village on Mardi Gras. Vianne, the daughter of a gypsy and a wanderer herself, sets up her chocolate shop during the most austere of Christian seasons, Lent, thus infuriating the local priest who knows his parishioners will struggle with their Lenten vows. Vianne turns out to be a not-so-ordinary shopkeeper, and Reynaud the priest is not the holy man he pretends. As Vianne befriends the down-trodden, including a band of gypsies, her force in the village becomes as powerful as Reynaud feared.
With its tantalizing descriptions, this book will have readers dreaming of the finest chocolates and confections. The language can be at times self-conscious and overblown, but the overall effect is mesmerizing, thanks to Harris's visual style and attention to detail. The biggest flaw of this otherwise skilled first novel is the unsatisfying ending and the one-dimensional way Vianne connects emotionally with the gypsies. These forced elements can be forgiven, however, given the moving lyricism of the rest.
CHOCOLAT is a beautiful but flawed work that offers much more than the average novel. If you haven't already read this and are a fan of magic realism, you should pick it up. You won't be disappointed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here !
Admittedly, this story wasn't just published, but it simply is the same old, old theme: church and priest = bad guys, persons preaching self-indulgence = good guys. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2008 by B. Legg
4.0 out of 5 stars Delicately Delicious
The novel Chocolat written by Joanne Harris does french history proud as it does a great job of portraying the original traditional values and cultures that post war France... Read more
Published on June 4 2007 by Sammy van Velzen
4.0 out of 5 stars chocolat review
Chocolat by Joanne Harris can be depicted as an inspirational novel. Vianne Rocher, the main character, is a unique woman who will not conform to the ways of society. Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by Julie
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites!
I must admit I saw the movie before I read the book, but liked the book much more. Joanne Harris knew the romance between Vianne and Roux (respectively played by Juliette Binoche... Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by Carolina
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book , okay movie
This was an enchanting tale of a mother daughter duo that was able to come into a quaint French town and transform many of the village people. Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by Katrina
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
This is the perfect fantasy for anyone who's not afraid to be different. Instantly drawn to this story, I found myself getting further and further into the plot while relating... Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by Carolina
4.0 out of 5 stars Chocolat is excellent!
Joanne Harris has written a beautiful novel that grabs the reader from the start. She uses imagery, great detail, and clever dialogue to portray the little French village of... Read more
Published on March 7 2004 by Emily
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