Chocolat – Joanne Harris

7 Jan

Started – December 2012

Finished – 7th January 2013

Format – Paperback Book

Challenges – Ultimate Teen Book Guide Challenge.

World Book Night 2012 Longlist

Synopsis – When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaud denounces her as a serious moral danger to his flock – especially as it is the beginning of Lent, the traditional season of self-denial.

As passions flare and the conflict escalates, the whole community takes sides. Can the solemnity of the Church compare with the sinful pleasure of a chocolate truffle?

My Thoughts – I brought this book a couple of years back as its one of those books thats always talked about but id never read. This book is about Vianne Rocher and her daughter who move to a small village in France and set up a chocolate shop there. To start with she is met with some hardness from the locals but ends up really getting on with most of them. There is also Father Reynaud who is the local vicar who it transpires is not all that nice a person and is quite stuck in his ways.. Roux is a traveller, who in the film version of this book is played by Johnny Depp so i think i’ll have to have a look out for that now!

I really liked this book as it was told from two different perspectives, Vianne and Father Reynaud and they both have different views on the events that have happened. There is more to the story than just two people with different outlooks, for example good against evil, light against dark and magic against the church. I really liked the different themes in the book.

I also liked how you found out more about the characters as the book went on. It wasnt set in chronological order and i really liked how the information became more apparent as the book went on.

I really enjoyed this book and ive just found out its the first in a trilogy so im going to get the next book to put on my shelf soon.

Rating – 4/5

4 Responses to “Chocolat – Joanne Harris”

  1. cricketmuse January 8, 2013 at 3:39 am #

    I very enjoyed the movie so I will definitely look for the book. Thanks.

    • shelovestoread January 17, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

      hehe ive done it the other way around so I’m now going to watch the movie!

  2. TBM January 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    I liked the movie. Maybe I’ll give the book a whirl. Thanks for the review.

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