Chocolat (Chocolat #1)
When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaud denounces her as a serious danger to his flock - especially as it is the beginning of Lent, the traditional season of self-denial. War is declared as the priest denounces the newcomer...more
I have to say I really enjoyed both the book and the movie. I think it is rare to read a book and have it be almost verbatim what you experience in the movie (The Princess Bride is the only exception I can think of off the top of my head) so if I like a movie...more
This is a wonderful tale of family and magic and hope. It is not your typical romance and well worth the time. You may find yourself wishing for a confection or two...before you've finished reading.
I liked Chocolat but there were several glaring annoyances that ruined it for me.
I did not appreciate the "chocolate lovers vs. churchgoers" plot. Casting a priest in the role of the villain irritated me. (I echo the others who say this is overdone.) Even so, I think the priest could have been redeemed. If only he ha...more
This book is full of luscious sentences, beautiful descriptions, and alluring personalities. It's different from the movie - but both have the same spirit of magical glamor. And both make me need to go get...more
If you've watched the movie from a few years back and you've only decided just now to pick up the book where the movie was based on, prepare to be surprised (although in what way exactly, I leave it to you). I can hardly believe that a novel so richly packed with meaning could be so relatively short. Harris' prose here is at its finest, as we follow...more
I had seen the movie starring Juliet Binoche and Johnny Depp and I loved it so I was looking forward to reading the book to see how it compared.
To my surprise and delight it was a completely different story. Sure there were certain plot points that were similar but th...more
Chocolat is an intriguing novel written by Joanne Harris. She is the author of many famous novels including The Girl With No Shadow , Gentlemen and Players , and her lastest novel Runemarks . Many of her novels are set in European countries such as France and England. Joanne receives her inspiration to write about these places from her parents’ different ethnicities. She is proud to say that her books are published in over forty different countries. One of Joanne Harris’s most famous novels...more
Watched the movie and found it lacking compared to the book. By changing the priests character to be the mayor much of the nuance of the story is lost. I've come to realize that reading is a lot like eating; you have to savor the subtelties of flavor or subtext i...more
There is more depth...more
I also have a problem with an author being so blatant about the axe they have to grind with any particular group. I thought the book was anti-religious and anti-Catholic, specifically. I am not of the thought or feeling that anyone has to be rel...more
While I couldn't help but compare this book to the movie, there is definitely a difference between them. If you need something to read...more
The basic story is that a woman and her daughter move into a small French town and set up a chocolate shop. She befriends many of the vill...more
The film is different. Clearly the producers didn't want to appear anti-c...more
It seems I took my time reading the book Chocolat.
As for 'getting into the book' that was difficult. I kept comparing the book with the movie.
What a huge difference! Even the 'looks' are different. In the book Vianne has long black hair, and Roux, played by Johnny Depp in the movie, has red hair.
The movie is really great, but it is not like the book. So much detail has gone missing in the movie.
I enjoyed the book very much, but I would rather see the movie and the book as two different stories.
Wonderful fun. I'm sure everybody but me knows the story by now as I remember this being made into a film a few years ago that I never got around to going to see. Just for the record this is the story of what happens when Vianne Rocher blows into a small village France at the beginning of the traditionally austere Lent period and opens a luxurious chocolate shop. The local curate and his groupies are not at all happy.
I wasn't expecting a great plot from this, but just as in Coastliners I got a...more
This novel is written in the first person, alternating between Vianne and Francis who are set up throughout as enemies. Vianne is a vivacious, beautiful, exuberant and colourful woman who arrives to the small French village of Lansquenet and sets up an indulgent...more
Vianne has a talent for making delicious chocolate and has a special gift for knowing everybody’s favourite flavour. When she opens a chocolate boutique opposite the church in the vill...more
Joanne Harris was born in Barnsley in 1964, of a French mother and an English father. She studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and was a teacher for fifteen years, during which time she published three novels; The Evil Seed (1989), Sle...more