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Chocolat

(Chocolat #1)

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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  104,475 ratings  ·  4,009 reviews
Cand o straina exotica, Vianne Rocher, soseste in oraselul francez Lansquenet si deschide o confiserie drept in fata bisericii, parintele Reynaud o considera o periculoasa amenintare la adresa congregatiei lui, mai ales ca este inceputul Postului Mare, peritada traditionala a uitarii de sine. Preotul o denunta pe nouvenita ca fiind o intrupare a Pacatului Primordial si ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published January 2006 by Vivaldi (first published March 4th 1999)
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Jana It's not that much about romance. It's much more about tolerance between people, finding happiness in life, about death, loosing someone close to you…moreIt's not that much about romance. It's much more about tolerance between people, finding happiness in life, about death, loosing someone close to you and letting go... It's also about catholic vs pegan religion and how it affects your life. There is only one remotly erotic scene which is very decent and nonexplicit if you're concerned about that. (less)
Janet Rogers Renaud is a creepy fish. Just don’t look at the cover or make up a silly phrase that makes you laugh. If possible, rip off the cover. Sometimes Johnny…moreRenaud is a creepy fish. Just don’t look at the cover or make up a silly phrase that makes you laugh. If possible, rip off the cover. Sometimes Johnny Depp reminds me of a creepy shark.(less)
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Robyn Groth
There is a lot more going on in this novel than a simple "Catholics bad. Pagans good." theme that seems to offend readers so much that they miss everything else. Some subjects found in this story:

letting go - of children as they grow up and of loved ones who die

moving on - from bad relationships and harmful habits

nature/nurture

facing your fears

loving friends/family/strangers for who they are

the assumptions people make about each other

the right to die

heeding your own advice

tolerance/eradicating
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Chocolat (Chocolat, #1), Joanne Harris
Chocolat is a 1999 novel by Joanne Harris. It tells the story of Vianne Rocher, a young single mother, who arrives in the French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes at the beginning of Lent with her six-year-old daughter, Anouk. Vianne has arrived to open a chocolaterie—La Céleste Praline, which is on the square opposite the church. During the traditional season of fasting and self-denial; she gently changes the lives of the villagers who visit her with a
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Candi
"Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, two hundred souls at most, no more than a blip on the fast road between Toulouse and Bordeaux. Blink once, and it's gone. One main street, a double row of dun-colored half-timbered houses leaning secretively together, a few laterals running parallel like the tines of a bent fork. A church, aggressively whitewashed, in a square of little shops. Farms scattered across the watchful land."

Magical and scrumptious, Chocolat is a thrilling delight for the senses. When Vianne
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Will Byrnes
Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Vianne Roche blows into Lansquenet-Sous-Tannes, a sleepy French town, on the tail of carnival she brings with her a touch of witchcraft and huge gobs of humanity. Accompanied by her daughter, Anouk, her imaginary pet rabbit, and a wealth of knowledge not only of how to make the finest confections, but how to see into people’s souls, she is destined to stir things up. The darkness to her light is the local priest, Francis Reynaud, who makes it his business to try to rid the town of this ...more
Madeline
Apr 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chocolate, crazy-fun old ladies, Bible thumpers learning to lighten up, French people, witchcraft, and sexy gypsies.

Come on, say no to any of those things. I dare you.
Resh (The Book Satchel)
I loved the read. I had read the book as a child from the local library and now picking it up after many many years was a pure joy. I loved Lansquenet, the characters, the lovely prose; everything! Basically the story looms around chocolates being an indulgence and a sin and the local priest seeing Vianne and her chocolate shop as the evil that has come to break the lent and prayers of the townsfolk. The descriptions will make you yearn for chocolates and hot chocolate drinks. That’s a guarantee ...more
Bethany
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Let me start this review by saying I have never seen the film version of Chocolat. Therefore, I started reading this with no preconceived notions. (Well, no more than usual, anyway.)

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
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Dem
Aug 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Having read and loved Five Quarters of the Orange Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris by Joanne Harris, I was really looking forward to reading Chocolat. Unfortunalty this particular book just didnt suit me.

I didn't enjoy the plot of the novel and the found the characters underdeveloped and no sense of time and place. I rarly rate a novel 1 star but I found nothing in this stroy to to keep me entertained and I felt like I was reading each chapter over and over. I did finish the book as I was waiting for something to happen that
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Jennifer
Dec 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2002, fiction, chicklit
Like so many people I read the book after I saw the movie. I can see why people would be upset with the book after seeing the movie - the book is a different story in many ways. I think the tone of the book threw me off more than anything.

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
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Cherie
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book very much. A little bit of magic, good people, bad people, gypsies, little songs in French, an imaginary friend, love, loss, mystery and more chocolate drink than I could have imagined. The names of the candies made my mouth water. The story made me laugh at things a little girl can say it made me cry over an old man and his old dog. It made me think about what it means to hear someone say that they had lived a good life and how they wanted that life to end on their ...more
Beth
This fairy-tale like novel about a woman who sets up a chocolate shop in a French village has one of the most beautiful and immersive settings I've read about lately. It's not fast paced but it is certainly enchanting. The setting is the best part but the interaction between characters is almost as good; I think there's more nuance in the characters than some of the reviews pick up on.
Devlin Scott
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I dare anyone to read this novel and not hunger for something sweet.

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.


Devlin
Becky
Apr 29, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I did not like this book. I didn't think the author developed the characters well enough that I could even tell them apart by half-way through. There was not enough for me to develop emphathy for anyone in the book except the guy with the little, old dog.

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
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Amanda
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much chocolate (in liquid form) was consumed during the reading of this book.
Leila
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remembered that I did read this book a long time ago and cannot remember the actual date. I am not re-reading it.
PurplyCookie
"I believe that being happy is the only important thing. Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or torturous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive."

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
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Edith Fischer
I liked the style, alternating chapters narrated by the heroine,chocolate shop owner Vianne Rocher, and her nemesis, the village priest. The book creates charming images of creativity and sensitivity on the part of Vianne, contrasted with dark images of guilt and rigidity on the part of the priest. Free spirits versus conforming traditionalists. Love and friendship versus control and manipulation. Color and joie de vivre versus blackness and regret. Hints of deeper mystery in the past.
Marina
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, favorite, own
Chocolat was exactly the kind of novel I needed at the moment. I discarded books left and right, I was in the mood for something literary and after re-watching the movie - I settled on this one. I decided to savor it as one would a piece of chocolate, slowly, letting it melt into my mouth so that I could absorb the flavor better.

The book is similar to the movie and yet very different - surprisingly I like both in their own way. It was a beautiful novel, full of magic, luscious descriptions of
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Kelly
Mar 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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 ...more
Taylor
Apr 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Joanne Harris made me long to move to Europe. More fantasizing about small town, rural life. And the descriptions of the chocolate left me dreaming about rose creams, amaretto, pain au chocolat...why is it that these books that leave me hungry and dissatisfied are some of my favorites? Really.

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
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Rick Slane
A Lenten Easter treat. I like the way the author puts words together.
Jess
Food porn at its best.

Magical, mischievous and original… but not nearly as good as I remember it.

Everything the novel falls short of is portrayed beautifully in the exquisite 2000 film adaptation. (And… Johnny Depp. Say no to that, I dare you!) Although this is immersive and atmospheric, the film enhances the ambience and narrative into a much more compelling piece. Joanne Harris’s contemporary depiction was usurped in favour of a charming 60s setting - a pivotal decision, I think. Harris
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Abbie | ab_reads
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Warning: do not read this book if you’re hungry and have no delicious chocolate in the house! Sorry, had to get the practicalities out of the way first before I tell you how amazing and sensuous this book is (and that’s sensuous as in relating or affecting the senses, and not sexually gratifying - although it is a bit saucy at times)
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Chocolat is a wonderfully atmospheric story that’s sprinkled with just a little bit of magic and occasionally hinting at a darker underbelly... Essentially
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Joseph Delaney

Quite a few years ago, I had read one of Joanne Harris’ fantasy books ‘Runemarks; then, much more recently, I had enjoyed ‘Different’ and ‘Gentlemen and Players’ – both books set in schools. Joanne Harris was once a teacher and she completely nails that world in her fiction. I was a teacher too, so I should know.
I knew about ‘Chocolat’ because that was her really big success, the book most people probably associate her with. But I had never got past the title. It had never seemed to me a book
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Sonia Gomes
Dec 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Read it, its a fun book
I probably would have had a different opinion of the book had I read it before I saw the movie but...

I liked the movie as well as the book for the courage it portrays in a fight against prejudices. There is so much of racism in the World today, that Vianne's fight for the Gypsies to be accepted in that little town comes as a breath of fresh, heady air, much like Vianne herself.

I also liked the idea of good fun in a very tight, moralistic society, the entire town seemed to have let their hair
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Kimberley
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed the novel. Completely different than the movie. I liked both, for different reasons. The book was a lot darker, with beautiful imagery. The movie had Johnny Depp.
Tina
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
This is a bilingual review.

In all honesty, the only reason I ever bought this book was because Johnny Depp is in the movie, and I have this thing where I collect books that have him on the cover. Although I don’t really remember the movie that well, the faded memory is an overall nice, magical and chocolaty one. I’ve been meaning to read the book for years, though for some reason I expected that the book would not be to my liking and that it would somehow spoil the whole Chocolat experience for
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Romi || Romi Reads
This book had been on my TBR for quite a long time, but now that I finally read it I can safely say that I've found a new favourite. I absolutely loved readingChocolat and although it contained some magical elements, it was still so very realistic!

I loved Harris's descriptions of the characters, surroundings and of course the chocolate. While reading it, it felt like I gained at least 10 kgs from only reading about chocolate. I could just almost smell and taste it - it definitely made me crave
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Lesley
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chocolat is one of those books that you hear about. You hear how good it is. You’re familiar with the highly successful film. You’ve been meaning to read it for years but it just hasn’t happened yet. It kind of seems like maybe you’ll never get around to it.

I finally got around to it and surprise of surprises I should never have waited. If all of Joanne Harris’ novels are as addictively engaging as Chocolat than I’ve found a new ‘must read’ author and I can’t tell how much nerdy joy that brings
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Ram
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My kind of book
A charming heroine
Criticism of strict religion practice ….. In this case the catholic church with its corruption, hypocrisy, lies, and prejudices.
Inspiring descriptions of food, Chocolate and many other desserts.
Anti wife beating.
Some magic …. Or magic realism
Oh yes, the good guys win at the end.
Vianne Rocher is a single mother of Anouk, and arrives to a rural conservative French village and opens a chocolate shop. She befriends a few of the villagers and some more oppose her and
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Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre ...more

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