ChocolatTitle : Chocolat

Author : Joanne Harris

ISBN-10 :  0670881791

ISBN-13 : 978-0670881796

Paperback : 320 pages

The Plot :

Try me… Test me… Taste me…

When an exotic stranger, Vianne Roche, arrives in the French little village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaud identifies her as a serious danger to his flock – especially as it is the beginning of Lent, the traditional season of self-denial. War is declared as the priest denounces the newcomer’s wares as the ultimate sin.

Suddenly Vianne’s shop-cum-café means that there is somewhere for secrets to be whispered, grievances to be aired, dreams to be tasted. But Vianne’s plans for an Easter Chocolate Festival divide the whole community in a conflict that escalates into a ‘Church not Chocolate’ battle. As mouths water in anticipation, can the solemnity of the church compare with the pagan passion of a chocolate éclair?

For the first time here is a novel in which chocolate enjoys its true importance. Rich, clever and mischievous, Chocolat is a literary feast for all the senses.

Review :

The week of Halloween, surrounded by bags of candy, this seemed an appropriate read. To begin with, I loved the backdrop of the story set against a small French town that held fast to its traditions for years on end. It is so beautifully crafted to show how something as seemingly harmless as chocolate could be the cause of a revolution.

What I could relate to most in the story is the streak of rebellion in its lead character and her gang of misfits. Very beautifully written this is a ‘sweet’ tale of acceptance of people and change. All in all, I loved this book and would definitely recommend it for a slow cold day with a cup of hot chocolate to go along.

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