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Chocolat

(Chocolat #1)

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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  102,064 ratings  ·  3,902 reviews
A timeless novel of a straitlaced village's awakening to joy and sensuality - every page offers a description of chocolate to melt in the mouths of chocoholics, francophiles, armchair gourmets, cookbook readers, and lovers of passion everywhere.

Illuminating Peter Mayle's South of France with a touch of Laura Esquivel's magic realism, Chocolat is a timeless novel of a strai
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Paperback, 306 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Penguin Books (first published March 4th 1999)
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Jilly 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 t
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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 comb
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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 R
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Will Byrnes
Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 impu ...more
Madeline
Apr 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Dem
Aug 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
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 w
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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 ha
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Jennifer
Dec 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2002, chicklit, fiction
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
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 o ...more
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
Devlin Scott
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Amaranta
Dec 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Per la mia torta cuore tenero servono :
200 gr di cioccolato fondente, scegliete quello che preferite più dark è meglio è;
120 gr di zucchero;
100 gr di burro;
3 uova;
50 gr di cacao ma io ne metto sempre 75 così faccio fuori il pacco (sempre per il principio di cui sopra, dark è dark!)
100 gr di farina
1 bustina di lievito;
zucchero a velo per guarnire.
Il burro e le uova dovrebbero essere a temperatura ambiente ma visto che mi decido sempre all’ultimo minuto e non mi va di aspettare fa lo stesso, anc
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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 rel
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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.
Nat K
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply magical.
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.
Luana
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lo ammetto, comprare questo libro maliziosamente intitolato 'Chocolat' è stato più un peccato di gola, che un vero e proprio slancio letterario. Non sono quindi rimasta sorpresa - semmai inondata dall'acquolina - quando, sfogliando le pagine ed inghiottendo le righe di Joanne Harris ho sentito soffiare un vento di magia che è possibile annusare nella dolce fragranza di cioccolato. Sono invece rimasta stupita dalla capacità letteraria di questa scrittrice di origini un po' inglesi e un po' france ...more
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.
Nora|KnyguDama
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aš esu iš tų laimingųjų - nei skaičiau šio romano, nei filmo pagal jį sukurto nemačiau. Tad nesąmoningai, kurį laiką, taupiau šią knygą. Viršelis - nuostabus, ši knygų seriją - mano mėgstamiausia, atsiliepimus girdėjau nerealius. Stuktelėjus Naujiems metams, nieko nelaukiau ir panirau į žadėtą saldžią, prancūzišką istoriją.

Viana Rošė nuo vaikystės, kartu su mama gyveno visame pasaulyje. Keliavo nuo šalies iki šalies, dirbo tai tą, tai aną, pamatė, pažino daugybę tautų ir žmonių, išmoko nematytų
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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.
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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Dovilė
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 5-stars, favorites
Po dešimties metų nuo pirmojo perskaitymo - vis dar 5/5.
Marina
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, own, favorite
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 ch
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Kelly
Mar 16, 2009 rated it liked it
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 u ...more
Taylor
Apr 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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خواندن كتاب " شكلات"اولين تجربه خواندن رمان بعد ديدن فيلمش بود. اين داستان تكان دهنده اي است. خانم شكلات فروشي در يكي از روستاهاي جنوبي فرانسه كه تحت امر كشيش چه اي اداره مي شود، بساط شكلات فروشي و مهرباني با مردم پهن مي كند. از روز اول، كشيش بي دليل، شكلات را خلاف ارزشهاي ديني معرفي مي كند ومجبور مي شود وارد دعوا شود و معلوم است كه پيروز ماجرا شكلات فروش است. كتاب را كه مي خواندم به انديشه خودمان بودم كه چقدر بي دليل ارزشهايي درست كرديم و دراجرا مانديم و مردم را از دين دور كرديم. فيلم شكلات هم ...more
Sophia
B.R.A.CE. 2018 4 βιβλία με γυναίκες πρωταγωνίστριες (2/4)

Ναι, το παραδέχομαι! Έχοντας δει την ταινία και έχοντας παρακολουθήσει το Καφέ της Χαράς αντιμετώπισα προβλήματα! Ευτυχώς το βιβλίο δεν μεταφέρθηκε ακριβώς στην ταινία ( πότε συμβαίνει αυτό άλλωστε; ) και είχα την χαρά να δω κάποια γεγονότα να εξελίσσονται κάπως διαφορετικά και το ενδιαφέρον μου να παραμένει σε καλό επίπεδο. Αλλά θα πω ότι η ταινία εξύψωσε το βιβλίο. Δεν μετανιώνω που το διάβασα, μου άρεσε ιδιαίτερα που είχα μία την ο
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Sonia Gomes
Dec 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 dow
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Rick Slane
A Lenten Easter treat. I like the way the author puts words together.
Ugnė Andriulaitytė
Perskaitęs šią knygą tikrai nepulsi skelbti visiems, kad ją privalo perskaityti kiekvienas, kad ji pakeis tavo gyvenimą. Ir stresuojantiems dėl to, kad gyvenimas bėga taip greitai, o norimų perskaityti knygų krūva vis auga, žinia apie šios knygos egzistavimą taip pat nesukels dar vieno širdies smūgio.

Bet man buvo gera skaityti šią knygą. Joje radau atgaivą po emociškai sudėtingų knygų. Visgi ji ne tokia lengva ir saldi kaip galima pagalvoti iš pavadinimo. Tai taip pat nėra ir meilės istorija, n
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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 pr ...more

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