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Chocolat - Joanne Harris
Chocolat
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Chocolat begins with Vianne Rocher and her six-year-old daughter Anouk arriving in the small village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes--"a blip on the fast road between Toulouse and Bordeaux"--during the carnival. Three days later, Vianne opens a luxuriant chocolate shop crammed with the most tempting... show more
Chocolat begins with Vianne Rocher and her six-year-old daughter Anouk arriving in the small village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes--"a blip on the fast road between Toulouse and Bordeaux"--during the carnival. Three days later, Vianne opens a luxuriant chocolate shop crammed with the most tempting of confections and offering a mouth-watering variety of hot chocolate drinks. It's Lent, the shop is opposite the church, it's open on Sundays and Francis Reynaud, the austere parish priest, is livid. One by one the locals succumb to Vianne's concoctions. Harris weaves their secrets and troubles, their loves and desires, into this, her third novel, with the lightest touch. 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 Armande, still vigorous in her eighties, who can see Anouk's "imaginary" rabbit Pantoufle, and recognises 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 magics, which proves--indisputably and without preaching--that soft centres are best. --Lisa Gee
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780385257732 (0385257732)
Publisher: Anchor Canada
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Series: Chocolat (#1)
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Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.0 Chocolat
I've seen the movie, of course, and I've eyed the book for years but never picked it up because... I've seen the movie. That inevitable moment when what happens in the movie diverts drastically from what happens in the book always ruins one or the other for me. Practical Magic, the book, suffered ...
TezMillerOz
TezMillerOz rated it
0.0 Chocolat
Dem
Dem rated it
1.0 Chocolat
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Strona po stronie
Strona po stronie rated it
3.5 Czekolada
Nie ma chyba osoby, która nie lubiłaby czekolady. Słodycz, przez wielu uważana za 'poprawiacza' humoru. Idealna na ponury, deszczowy wieczór. Taka jest też książka Joanne Harris. Samotna kobieta z dzieckiem zjawiająca się w małym miasteczku budzi sensację. Zwraca na siebie uwagę nie tylko nieślubnym...
Lit Lovers Lane
Lit Lovers Lane rated it
4.0 Chocolat Quickie Review
How I got between its sheets: When a friend loaned me what I found out was a sequel to this book, simply had to purchase the first one with my persnickety self. What stimulated me: • The setting – provincial French village of Lansquenet and Vianne’s chocolate shop seem back in time and fairyt...
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