Chocolat by Joanne Harris

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16 Critic Reviews

Gourmand Harris's tale of sin and guilt embodies a fond familiarity with things French that will doubtless prove irresistible to many readers.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Even before it was adapted into the Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, Joanne Harris' New York Times mbestselling novel, Chocolat entranced readers with its mix of hedonism, whimsy, and, of course, chocolate.

In tiny Lansquenet, where nothing much has changed in a hundred years, beautiful newcomer Vianne Rocher and her exquisite chocolate shop arrive and instantly begin to play havoc with Lenten vows. Each box of luscious bonbons comes with a free gift: Vianne's uncanny perception of its buyer's private discontents and a clever, caring cure for them. Is she a witch? Soon the parish no longer cares, as it abandons itself to temptation, happiness, and a dramatic face-off between Easter solemnity and the pagan gaiety of a chocolate festival. Chocolat's every page offers a description of chocolate to melt in the mouths of chocoholics, francophiles, armchair gourmets, cookbook readers, and lovers of passion everywhere. It's a must for anyone who craves an escapist read, and is a bewitching gift for any holiday.


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About Joanne Harris

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JOANNE HARRIS is the author of the Whitbread Award-shortlisted Chocolat (made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp) and eleven other bestselling novels. She lives with her husband and daughter in Yorkshire.
 
Published November 1, 2000 by Penguin Books. 322 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Humor & Entertainment, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Chocolat
All: 16 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Below average
on May 20 2010

Premise, prose, and pace all march along capably, but they fail nevertheless to raise the whole above the debilities of heavy symbolism and excruciatingly precious plot.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Dec 23 2015

Gourmand Harris's tale of sin and guilt embodies a fond familiarity with things French that will doubtless prove irresistible to many readers.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Krista Madsen on Jan 21 2011

A modern day fairy tale which advises us to succumb to life's overlooked pleasures, CHOCOLAT is a feast for the romantic senses.

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The Bookbag

Above average
Reviewed by Sue Fairhead on Mar 01 2000

There's drama later in the book, inevitable clashes, a romance of sorts, moments of panic... and a mostly satisfying conclusion, although it left the future rather more open than I would have liked.

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Pajiba

Above average
Reviewed by Jen K on Dec 07 2012

I definitely enjoyed the novel, and look forward to reading the rest of the novels in the series, and exploring the rest of the author's books.

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Stuff

Good
Reviewed by Karen Tay on Sep 13 2012

...the characters danced off the page. It felt as if I could really open my front door and step into Vianne and Anouk's chocolaterie in France...

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by the.kanguru on Sep 29 2014

Harris boldly paints an image of hope that we are all capable of forging a better fate for ourselves. Her writing is eloquent, her characters fragile and strong and human.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by historyfreak on Sep 29 2014

I hate to be so secretive and obscure, but there is simply no other way I can write about the book! It’s so cryptic and…mysterious (as I’ve said) that this is the only way I can hope to make you interested in it!

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Curled Up

Excellent
Reviewed by Sharon Schulz-Elsing on Nov 01 2000

Not quite as profound as it wants to be, Chocolat delivers a sweetly satisfying story all the same...May Joanne Harris continue to make good on the promise she shows here.

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All the Books I Can Read

Above average
Reviewed by 1GIRL2MANYBOOKS on Sep 18 2012

I did very much enjoy the writing in this book, I think Joanne Harris has a beautiful way with words. The religious overtones were a little too heavy for my personal taste as that isn’t particularly a favourite topic of mine...

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The Literary Omnivore

Good
on Nov 13 2009

A sweet trifle of a short novel that’s surprisingly darker than its film adaptation, Chocolat is a very charming novel, but it’s hard to appreciate it on its own in the aftermath of its wonderful film adaptation. Well worth a read.

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Kathy Takes on Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Kathy Davie on Nov 10 2013

Now that I’ve read Chocolat, I feel a need to watch the film, and read the book again. And I’m sure I’ll want to keep alternating forever and ever, for Joanne Harris is a brilliant writer. A must-buy writer with whom you’ll never go wrong.

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Sarah Says Read

Above average
Reviewed by Sarah on Apr 03 2011

The writing was really beautiful – it felt luxurious just to be reading it. And for me, some of the most interesting parts were Reynaud – he seemed really insane to me, and I enjoyed disliking him.

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The Oddness of Moving Things Blog

Good
on Sep 05 2014

A definite read! As much as I love the film, the book brought so much more to life and had such vivid descriptions, detail sand scenes. I can’t wait to see if she carries this through the next few chapters of Vianne’s story in books two and three.

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Savidge Reads

Good
on Mar 22 2013

So are there any negatives, honestly I couldn’t say there were. I just really enjoyed the experience of reading ‘Chocolat’, I loved the characters, the slight dark atmosphere the book has that broods and builds and of course I loved the chocolate which completely takes over your senses...

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PikePress

Above average
Reviewed by Wendy Robards on Dec 06 2015

I had trouble rating this book. On the one hand, Harris writes with a fluidity and beauty that I appreciated and would rate a 4.5. On the other hand, I was disappointed in a plot that seemed to fall short and would only garner a 2.5 or 3.

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