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Chocolat

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Chocolat by Joanne Harris
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"A charming and well told story"
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How wrong I was to put off reading this book. The way it is promoted I thought it would be a recipe book stuck together with magical realism. So wrong. Joanne Harris does not put a foot wrong with this irreverent contest between pleasure and penance, in this case chocolate and Lent (spoiler: chocolate wins). Both story and characters develop at a pleasing pace. A page turner. Glad there is a sequal ‘The Lollipop Shoes’

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Try me…Test me…Taste me. When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French 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 instruments of murder. Suddenly Vianne's shop-cum-cafe means that there is somewhere for secrets to be whispered, grievances to be aired, dreams to be tested. 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 eclair? For the first time, here is a novel in which chocolate enjoys its true importance, emerging as a moral issue, as an agent of transformation – as well as a pleasure bordering on obsession. Rich, clever and mischievous, this is a triumphant read.

Accolades

Winner of Whitaker Gold Book Award 2001.Shortlisted for Whitbread Book of the Year Award Novel Category 1999.Shortlisted for Whitbread Prize (Novel) 1999.

Author Biography

Joanne Harris is the author of the Whitbread-shortlisted Chocolat (made into a major film starring Juliette Binoche), Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, Jigs & Reels, Sleep Pale Sister, Gentlemen & Players and, with Fran Warde, The French Kitchen: A Cookbook and The French Market: More Recipes from a French Kitchen. She lives in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, with her husband and daughter.

Release date NZ
March 4th, 1999
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Black Swan
Pages
384
Dimensions
127x198x24
ISBN-13
9780552998482
Product ID
1674439

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