One by one the locals succumb to Vianne's concoctions. Joanne Harris weaves their secrets and troubles, their loves and desires, into her third novel, with the lightest touch. There's sad, polite Guillame and his dying dog; thieving, beaten-up Joséphine Muscat; schoolchildren who declare it "hypercool" when Vianne says they can help eat the window display--a gingerbread house complete with witch. And there's Armande, still vigorous in her 80s, who can see Anouk's "imaginary" rabbit, Pantoufle, and recognizes Vianne for who she really is. However, certain villagers--including Armande's snobby daughter and Joséphine's violent husband--side with Reynaud. So when Vianne announces a Grand Festival of Chocolate commencing Easter Sunday, it's all-out war: war between church and chocolate, between good and evil, between love and dogma.
Reminiscent of Herman Hesse's short story "Augustus," Chocolat is an utterly delicious novel, coated in the gentlest of magic, which proves--indisputably and without preaching--that soft centers are best. --Lisa Gee, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I didn't want to put this book down. I love the way this author intertwined simile into the common, simple world of her characters. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Charity
I was quite disappointed by this book. I had seen the film a long time ago, and remembered I liked it very much. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Book For Thought
Borrowed this book from the library and fell in love with it. Pretty decent price for a paperback.Published 1 month ago by bunnysaver
I love that Joanne Harris isn't trying to join the words rat race, often times when books are severely lengthy they run dry and go unfinished with me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Author Jennifer Collins
Vianne has a bit of magic in her. Unlike her mother, who used magic to influence others, Vianne is a baker, a creator of amazing chocolates, always aware of everyone's favorites. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Luciano
First time I've read it, second time I've seen the movie. Love it all. Now my husband is reading it. A little behind on my reading, haven't had time to read the other two yet.Published 2 months ago by Sharen Peterson
The book is so much better than the movie based off of it! I loved the character development, and of course, all of the chocolate talk. I will probably read this one again someday.Published 3 months ago by Stephanie A.