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One by one the locals succumb to Vianne's concoctions. Joanne Harris weaves their secrets and troubles, their loves and desires, into her third novel, with the lightest touch. There's sad, polite Guillame and his dying dog; thieving, beaten-up Joséphine Muscat; schoolchildren who declare it "hypercool" when Vianne says they can help eat the window display--a gingerbread house complete with witch. And there's Armande, still vigorous in her 80s, who can see Anouk's "imaginary" rabbit, Pantoufle, and recognizes Vianne for who she really is. However, certain villagers--including Armande's snobby daughter and Joséphine's violent husband--side with Reynaud. So when Vianne announces a Grand Festival of Chocolate commencing Easter Sunday, it's all-out war: war between church and chocolate, between good and evil, between love and dogma.
Reminiscent of Herman Hesse's short story "Augustus," Chocolat is an utterly delicious novel, coated in the gentlest of magic, which proves--indisputably and without preaching--that soft centers are best. --Lisa Gee, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. Read morePublished on June 2 2012 by Erica
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 morePublished on Feb. 18 2008 by B. Legg
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 morePublished on June 4 2007 by Sammy van Velzen
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... Read morePublished on May 14 2004 by Jenny Godwin
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 morePublished on May 4 2004 by Katrina
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 morePublished on May 4 2004 by Carolina