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.
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Love this book! It came in the condition that way described and it's a great read!Published 1 month ago by ajb
I loved this. Chocolate IS life! It is ALWAYS on my grocery shopping list. I saw the movie years ago—LOVED it— and had no idea it was based off of this book, so years later here... Read morePublished 2 months ago by orvman
A wonderful blend of characters and food, with a mystical quality that makes it very appealing.Published 2 months ago by C. Junco
I probably liked Chocolat more than I would have otherwise, since I watched the movie first, and that lent some familiarity. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Angie