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Chocolat by Joanne Harris
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Chocolat was good for the sort of fluffy, non-literary sort of book that it is. Vianne, who is a witch of sorts, arrives with her young daughter in a small French town and opens a chocolate shop. Her sensual, outsider ways began to change the lives of the townspeople and invokes the ire of the local priest. This is an enjoyable, light read, but one thing that confused me was when the novel was taking place. I remember reading a part about someone watching videos, but the idea of a priest being upset over people eating chocolate seems so bizarrely anachronistic that I assumed it couldn't be set anywhere near modern times. I suppose they couldn't have made a film if Vianne had come to town to open up a porno shop.
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Joy Good point - it never is clear what the time period was. Didn't seem current to me either but maybe that's because it's European...


Bookguide The book is set in a very sleepy French village, but it is set in the present day. The only reason that the priest is so upset at this particular time is that it's during Lent, when you are supposed to give up eating rich foods. Hence the tradition of using up milk and eggs in pancakes on Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras).


Kendra I found the time period vague as well... once I realized it was modern-day, I was a bit disappointed. Vianne would have been much more radical if it had been set in a more historic time.


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Joy Kelly, have you seen the movie version of this book? It's very good. I wonder if I will like the book.


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Melody Robinette I resent the statement "fluffy, non-literary sort of book". Who is to say what makes a book "literary"? The fact that it is or isn't a classic?? So over that snobbish way of thinking about literature.


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