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Chocolat by Joanne Harris
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Feb 24, 08

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Read in February, 2008

When I saw the movie I was enchanted but now that I've read the book, I feel sad about the movie's shallowness. The book is rich and deep, like Valrhona 85% cacao from Trader Joe's. It's another mother-daughter book, about intuitions, guilt, love between generations, building an intentional family if not a blood line one. In this book the French church is the antagonist, with a bow to Joan of Arc, not the aristo. The characters are not the same, Johnny Depp not there, Roux has a different, more damaged past. The movie was milk chocolate, the book is that Extra Amer without being noir or bitter. I wonder if the success of the movie satisfied the author? Her book is excellent, alive with color, flowers, imagery, aromas, bravery, compassion, understanding at last. I spent the day in France, when it was snowing in Woodstock's mountains. Read it if you can without having a cup of hot chocolat.
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