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 probably liked Chocolat more than I would have otherwise, since I watched the movie first, and that lent some familiarity. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Angie
Entertaining, very descriptive and an overall enjoyable read. You will be transported to different time and place. I look forward to reading her next book.Published 7 days ago by Anne Gupton
Not what I ordered. I hope it's the same book but just a different cover.. it's an older cover.
I need it for college so it better be right.
I saw the movie before I read the book and loved it. But the book is even better. Everyone in Book Club loved it too so we rented the movie and watched it!Published 1 month ago by Ali's grandma
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I love the strong female lead and the touch of magic. Warning - make sure to have some artisan-made chocolates on standby or a perfect... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa
It is the first time I'd say that, the film has better rythm, more charm, is more atmospheric and has even a better ending.Published 2 months ago by Jordi David Bueno Perez
Many people love this book and the movie. But I did not like it. The priest is self righteous and doesn't show true caring for those in his congregation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rachel