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Chocolat (original 1999; edition 2000)

by Joanne Harris

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Title:Chocolat
Authors:Joanne Harris
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2000), Edition: Other Printing, Paperback, 320 pages
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Chocolat by Joanne Harris (Author) (1999)

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The book is very good, but every one of its flaws and disappointments is corrected beautifully by the film. If you're a fan of the film, you may be shocked to learn that Roux ends up with Josephine at the end of the novel, even though Vianne is pregnant by him. The book is very heavy-handed with pro-pagan, anti-catholic sentiments, whereas the film makes the mayor rather than the priest the bad guy and shows how churches and small towns can embrace love and tolerance. The film preserves and sets down as fact the central hope of the novel, that Vianne and Anouk will stop their wanderings and find a home. This is one of those rare instances in which I prefer a film adaptation to the original novel; the book gets four stars and the film gets five. Besides, any film with both Judi Dench AND Johnny Depp in it is a treasure. ( )
  JMlibrarian | Mar 3, 2015 |
The book is very good, but every one of its flaws and disappointments is corrected beautifully by the film. If you're a fan of the film, you may be shocked to learn that Roux ends up with Josephine at the end of the novel, even though Vianne is pregnant by him. The book is very heavy-handed with pro-pagan, anti-catholic sentiments, whereas the film makes the mayor rather than the priest the bad guy and shows how churches and small towns can embrace love and tolerance. The film preserves and sets down as fact the central hope of the novel, that Vianne and Anouk will stop their wanderings and find a home. This is one of those rare instances in which I prefer a film adaptation to the original novel; the book gets four stars and the film gets five. Besides, any film with both Judi Dench AND Johnny Depp in it is a treasure. ( )
  JMlibrarian | Feb 27, 2015 |
Very interesting book, full of colorful characters and passionate descriptions of love, indifferences and chocolate! A tasty read! ( )
  tippygirl | Feb 27, 2015 |
One of my favorite books. ( )
  sharoncville3579 | Jan 24, 2015 |
When Vianne Rocher, the beautiful and unattached mother of little Anouk Rocher arrives on a changing wind just at the tail-end of a carnival in Lansquenet and decides to open a charming little chocolate and sweets shop right across from the church, she immediately splits the little town into two factions. She manages to both delight some of the locals and children with her sublime and delicious handmade confections and generous offers of free milk chocolate and enrages Père Reynaud and his virtuous followers who are set to deny themselves all guilty pleasures during the lent season, now just begun. Then, worse still, some gypsies arrive on their boats and while a group of upstanding citizens (once again headed by Reynaud and his minions) are prepared to repel the strangers from their safe harbour and deny them all service, Vianne further inflames those opposed to her strange free-spirited ways by inviting them into her shop and facilitating their stay.

At the heart of the novel is a conflict between the rigorous organized religious zealots and the accepting open-minded and perhaps witch-like roaming spirits like Vianne and her travelling friends; between scrupulous self-denial in the name of a higher moral calling versus indulgence in the good things as a way of celebrating life's and nature's bounties. But beyond all that, it's a wonderful story about people and how they interact with one another, and about how magic can be made with some quality cocoa beans and the right amount of cream and sugar. Delightful, and all the more so in this audio format as narrated by the wonderful Juliet Stevenson. To my great regret she does not narrate the following book in the trilogy, called The Girl with No Shadow or The Lollipop Shoes depending on whether you're in the UK or US market, so I'll pick this one up in print eventually to find out what happens to Vianne and little Anouk next. ( )
  Smiler69 | Jan 21, 2015 |
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Roman over de smaak van liefde
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In memory of my great-grandmother Marie Andre Sorin (1892-1968)
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We came on the wind of the carnival.
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There is a kind of alchemy in the tranformation of base chocolate into this wise fool's gold, a layman's magic which even my mother might have relished. As I work I clear my mind, breathing deeply. The windows are open, and the through draught would be cold if it were not for the heat of the stoves, the copper pans, the rising vapour from the melting couverture. The mingled scents of chocolate, vanilla, heated copper and cinnamon are intoxicating, powerfully suggestive; the raw and earthy tang of the Americas, the hot and resinous perfume of the rainforest. This is how I travel now, as the Aztecs did in their sacred rituals. The court of Montezuma. Cortez and Columbus. The food of the gods, bubbling and frothing in ceremonial goblets. The bitter elixir of life.
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When beautiful, unmarried Vianne Rocher sweeps into the pinched little French town of Lansquenet on the heels of the carnival and opens a gem of a chocolate shop across the square from the church, she begins to wreak havoc with the town's Lenton vows. Her uncanny ability to preceive her customers' private discontents and alleviate them with just the right confection coaxes the villagers to abandon themselves to temptation and happiness, but enrages Pere Reynaud, the local priest. Certain only a witch could stir such sinful indulgence and devise such clever cures, Reynaud pits himself against Vianne and vows to block the chocolate festival she plans for Easter Sunday, and to run her out of town forever. Witch or not (she'll never tell), Vianne soon sparks a dramatic confrontation between those who prefer the cold comforts of the church and those who revel in their newly discovered taste for pleasure. (0-131-00018-X)
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When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaund denounces the newcomer's wares as the ultimate sin.

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