Chocolat by Joanne HarrisChocolat by Joanne Harris


byJoanne Harris

Paperback | January 1, 2000

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Even before it was adapted into the Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, Joanne Harris' New York Times bestselling 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.
Joanne Harris is the author of the Whitbread Award-nominated Chocolat (made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp) and eleven other bestselling novels. She plays bass guitar in a band first formed when she was sixteen, is currently studying Old Norse and lives with her husband and daughter in Yorkshire,...
Title:ChocolatFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.72 × 5.07 × 0.65 inPublished:January 1, 2000Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140282033

ISBN - 13:9780140282030


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delicious A nomadic, gypsy-ish tale of a mother, her daughter, and a delightful (and invisible) friend. Speaks to how we treat outsiders, those different from us, and those who happily choose to live in a way that is counter to what is expected. I loved characters, I hated others, so to have tat kind of effect, is truly a wonderful reading experience.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful writing I absolutely loved the writing style of this book. The author used really beautiful and thoughtful language that I found so poetic and inspiring. Great story too that really captured the realness of the characters and the town. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated. I very rarely enjoy films more than books, but this is one of those rare cases. Chocolat had its moments. Armande was funny, lively, and caring despite her harsh exterior. Guillaume's love for and eventual grief over his dog was palpable and any fur parent will immediately identify with him and his heartbreak. Luc, who finds his voice as he finds his grandmother, reminded me of the special bond I was lucky enough to have with my own beloved grandparents. Josephine who finds the courage and strength to leave her abusive husband. All of these peripheral characters tug at your heart. I occasionally even enjoyed Vianne's humour. But there's no catharsis. There's no redemption. There isn't even the opposite of these things. There's just an end.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sweet One of those rare cases when I like more the movie than the book.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chocolat Absolutely amazing book. Loved the imagery (and Roux).
Date published: 2003-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chocolat is a tasteful read The sweet and touching story of a newcomer and her daughter explores the creation of friendships, the fabric of community and the nature of change. The protagonist, although held under suspect by th local priest and his flock, eventually touches other's lives through her empathy and sweetness. A sweet and positive read.
Date published: 2000-07-01

Editorial Reviews

“Accomplished and delectable… Few readers will be able to resist.”—New York Times Book Review“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 (starred review)“…as sweet, rich and utterly satisfying as a fine truffle. Dieters beware: Ms. Harris’s lush prose drips with mouth-watering descriptions of cocoa confections that could melt even the most resolute of wills.”—Wall Street Journal“Vianne is a magnet for the town's misfits… Vianne gives them chocolate, but also nudges their lives in the right direction… Clearly, chocolate stands for human kindness and consolation. … Jaunty, hopeful and endearing.”—The Guardian (UK)“You find yourself unable to stop until you’ve finished feasting on this delightful, quirky, sensuous story. This is also a feelgood book of the first order… so full of colour, tastes and scents, that as you are lured by the plot and the wonderful descriptions, your senses are left reeling. This novel is a celebration of pleasure, of love, of tolerance. Read it.”—The Observer