Chocolat When the exotic stranger Vianne Rocher arrives in the old French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique called La Celeste Praline directly across the square from the church Father Reyna

  • Title: Chocolat
  • Author: Joanne Harris
  • ISBN: 9780552998482
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback
  • When the exotic stranger Vianne Rocher arrives in the old French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique called La Celeste Praline directly across the square from the church, Father Reynaud identifies her as a serious danger to his flock It is the beginning of Lent the traditional season of self denial The priest says she ll be out of business by Easterhen the exotic stranger Vianne Rocher arrives in the old French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique called La Celeste Praline directly across the square from the church, Father Reynaud identifies her as a serious danger to his flock It is the beginning of Lent the traditional season of self denial The priest says she ll be out of business by Easter.To make matters worse, Vianne does not go to church and has a penchant for superstition Like her mother, she can read Tarot cards But she begins to win over customers with her smiles, her intuition for everyone s favourites, and her delightful confections Her shop provides a place, too, for secrets to be whispered, grievances aired She begins to shake up the rigid morality of the community Vianne s plans for an Easter Chocolate Festival divide the whole community Can the solemnity of the Church compare with the pagan passion of a chocolate clair For the first time, here is a novel in which chocolate enjoys its true importance, emerging as an agent of transformation Rich, clever, and mischievous, reminiscent of a folk tale or fable, this is a triumphant read with a memorable character at its heart.Says Harris You might see Vianne as an archetype or a mythical figure I prefer to see her as the lone gunslinger who blows into the town, has a showdown with the man in the black hat, then moves on relentless But on another level she is a perfectly real person with real insecurities and a very human desire for love and acceptance Her qualities too kindness, love, tolerance are very human Vianne and her young daughter Anouk, come into town on Shrove Tuesday Carnivals make us uneasy, says Harris, because of what they represent the residual memory of blood sacrifice it is after all from the word carne that the term arises , of pagan celebration And they represent a loss of inhibition carnival time is a time at which almost anything is possible The book became an international best seller, and was optioned to film quickly The Oscar nominated movie, with its star studded cast including Juliette Binoche The English Patient and Judi Dench Shakespeare in Love , was directed by Lasse Hallstrom, whose previous film The Cider House Rules based on a John Irving novel also looks at issues of community and moral standards, though in a less lighthearted vein.The idea for the book came from a comment her husband made one day while he was immersed in a football game on TV It was a throwaway comment, designed to annoy and it did It was along the lines ofChocolate is to women what football is to men The idea stuck, and Harris began thinking that people have these conflicting feelings about chocolate, and that a lot of people who have very little else in common relate to chocolate in or less the same kind of way It became a kind of challenge to see exactly how much of a story I could get which was uniquely centred around chocolate Rich with metaphor and gorgeous writingt back and gorge yourself on Chocolat.

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    1. There is a lot more going on in this novel than a simple "Catholics bad. Pagans good." theme that seems to offend readers so much that they miss everything else. Some subjects found in this story:letting go - of children as they grow up and of loved ones who diemoving on - from bad relationships and harmful habitsnature/nurturefacing your fearsloving friends/family/strangers for who they arethe assumptions people make about each otherthe right to dieheeding your own advicetolerance/eradicating t [...]

    2. Onvan : Chocolat (Chocolat, #1) - Nevisande : Joanne Harris - ISBN : 014100018X - ISBN13 : 9780141000183 - Dar 306 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1999

    3. "Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, two hundred souls at most, no more than a blip on the fast road between Toulouse and Bordeaux. Blink once, and it's gone. One main street, a double row of dun-colored half-timbered houses leaning secretively together, a few laterals running parallel like the tines of a bent fork. A church, aggressively whitewashed, in a square of little shops. Farms scattered across the watchful land." Magical and scrumptious, Chocolat is a thrilling delight for the senses. When Vianne R [...]

    4. Chocolat (Chocolat, #1), Joanne HarrisChocolat is a 1999 novel by Joanne Harris. It tells the story of Vianne Rocher, a young single mother, who arrives in the French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes at the beginning of Lent with her six-year-old daughter, Anouk. Vianne has arrived to open a chocolaterie—La Céleste Praline—which is on the square opposite the church. During the traditional season of fasting and self-denial; she gently changes the lives of the villagers who visit her with a [...]

    5. When Vianne Roche blows into Lansquenet-Sous-Tannes, a sleepy French town, on the tail of carnival she brings with her a touch of witchcraft and huge gobs of humanity. Accompanied by her daughter, Anouk, her imaginary pet rabbit, and a wealth of knowledge not only of how to make the finest confections, but how to see into people’s souls, she is destined to stir things up. The darkness to her light is the local priest, Francis Reynaud, who makes it his business to try to rid the town of this im [...]

    6. Chocolate, crazy-fun old ladies, Bible thumpers learning to lighten up, French people, witchcraft, and sexy gypsies. Come on, say no to any of those things. I dare you.

    7. Having read and loved Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris, I was really looking forward to reading Chocolat. Unfortunalty this particular book just didnt suit me.I didn't enjoy the plot of the novel and the found the characters underdeveloped and no sense of time and place. I rarly rate a novel 1 star but I found nothing in this stroy to to keep me entertained and I felt like I was reading each chapter over and over. I did finish the book as I was waiting for something to happen that wo [...]

    8. Let me start this review by saying I have never seen the film version of Chocolat. Therefore, I started reading this with no preconceived notions. (Well, no more than usual, anyway.)I liked Chocolat but there were several glaring annoyances that ruined it for me.I did not appreciate the "chocolate lovers vs. churchgoers" plot. Casting a priest in the role of the villain irritated me. (I echo the others who say this is overdone.) Even so, I think the priest could have been redeemed. If only he ha [...]

    9. Like so many people I read the book after I saw the movie. I can see why people would be upset with the book after seeing the movie - the book is a different story in many ways. I think the tone of the book threw me off more than anything. I have to say I really enjoyed both the book and the movie. I think it is rare to read a book and have it be almost verbatim what you experience in the movie (The Princess Bride is the only exception I can think of off the top of my head) so if I like a movie [...]

    10. I enjoyed reading this book very much. A little bit of magic, good people, bad people, gypsies, little songs in French, an imaginary friend, love, loss, mystery and more chocolate drink than I could have imagined. The names of the candies made my mouth water. The story made me laugh at things a little girl can say it made me cry over an old man and his old dog. It made me think about what it means to hear someone say that they had lived a good life and how they wanted that life to end on their o [...]

    11. I loved the read. I had read the book as a child from the local library and now picking it up after many many years was a pure joy. I loved Lansquenet, the characters, the lovely prose; everything! Basically the story looms around chocolates being an indulgence and a sin and the local priest seeing Vianne and her chocolate shop as the evil that has come to break the lent and prayers of the townsfolk. The descriptions will make you yearn for chocolates and hot chocolate drinks. That’s a guarant [...]

    12. Per la mia torta cuore tenero servono : 200 gr di cioccolato fondente, scegliete quello che preferite più dark è meglio è;120 gr di zucchero;100 gr di burro;3 uova;50 gr di cacao ma io ne metto sempre 75 così faccio fuori il pacco (sempre per il principio di cui sopra, dark è dark!)100 gr di farina 1 bustina di lievito;zucchero a velo per guarnire.Il burro e le uova dovrebbero essere a temperatura ambiente ma visto che mi decido sempre all’ultimo minuto e non mi va di aspettare fa lo stes [...]

    13. I began reading this book before the film came out because I wanted to see the film, and I usually like to read the book first since the book is better. At the beginning of my reading, it was clear why this book was turned into a movie: it had a very clear, plot-driven narrative. As I continued reading, I felt that this book was the first book I'd read that made me understand what a professor of mine meant when he explained Hemingway's Iceberg Theory: that 90% of what a writer is saying is under [...]

    14. I dare anyone to read this novel and not hunger for something sweet.This is a wonderful tale of family and magic and hope. It is not your typical romance and well worth the time. You may find yourself wishing for a confection or two you've finished reading. Devlin

    15. I remembered that I did read this book a long time ago and cannot remember the actual date. I am not re-reading it.

    16. Lo ammetto, comprare questo libro maliziosamente intitolato 'Chocolat' è stato più un peccato di gola, che un vero e proprio slancio letterario. Non sono quindi rimasta sorpresa - semmai inondata dall'acquolina - quando, sfogliando le pagine ed inghiottendo le righe di Joanne Harris ho sentito soffiare un vento di magia che è possibile annusare nella dolce fragranza di cioccolato. Sono invece rimasta stupita dalla capacità letteraria di questa scrittrice di origini un po' inglesi e un po' fr [...]

    17. I did not like this book. I didn't think the author developed the characters well enough that I could even tell them apart by half-way through. There was not enough for me to develop emphathy for anyone in the book except the guy with the little, old dog.I also have a problem with an author being so blatant about the axe they have to grind with any particular group. I thought the book was anti-religious and anti-Catholic, specifically. I am not of the thought or feeling that anyone has to be rel [...]

    18. I liked the style, alternating chapters narrated by the heroine,chocolate shop owner Vianne Rocher, and her nemesis, the village priest. The book creates charming images of creativity and sensitivity on the part of Vianne, contrasted with dark images of guilt and rigidity on the part of the priest. Free spirits versus conforming traditionalists. Love and friendship versus control and manipulation. Color and joie de vivre versus blackness and regret. Hints of deeper mystery in the past.

    19. This fairy-tale like novel about a woman who sets up a chocolate shop in a French village has one of the most beautiful and immersive settings I've read about lately. It's not fast paced but it is certainly enchanting. The setting is the best part but the interaction between characters is almost as good; I think there's more nuance in the characters than some of the reviews pick up on.

    20. "I believe that being happy is the only important thing. Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or torturous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive."If you've watched the movie from a few years back and you've only decided just now to pick up the book where the movie was based on, prepare to be surprised (although in what way exactly, I leave it to you). I can hardly believe that a novel so richly packed with meaning could be so relatively short. Harris' prose here is at its finest, as we follow [...]

    21. Joanne Harris made me long to move to Europe. More fantasizing about small town, rural life. And the descriptions of the chocolate left me dreaming about rose creams, amaretto, pain au chocolatwhy is it that these books that leave me hungry and dissatisfied are some of my favorites? Really. This book is full of luscious sentences, beautiful descriptions, and alluring personalities. It's different from the movie - but both have the same spirit of magical glamor. And both make me need to go get a [...]

    22. خواندن كتاب " شكلات"اولين تجربه خواندن رمان بعد ديدن فيلمش بود. اين داستان تكان دهنده اي است. خانم شكلات فروشي در يكي از روستاهاي جنوبي فرانسه كه تحت امر كشيش چه اي اداره مي شود، بساط شكلات فروشي و مهرباني با مردم پهن مي كند. از روز اول، كشيش بي دليل، شكلات را خلاف ارزشهاي ديني م [...]

    23. Chocolat was exactly the kind of novel I needed at the moment. I discarded books left and right, I was in the mood for something literary and after re-watching the movie - I settled on this one. I decided to savor it as one would a piece of chocolate, slowly, letting it melt into my mouth so that I could absorb the flavor better.The book is similar to the movie and yet very different - surprisingly I like both in their own way. It was a beautiful novel, full of magic, luscious descriptions of ch [...]

    24. Chocolat was good for the sort of fluffy, non-literary sort of book that it is. Vianne, who is a witch of sorts, arrives with her young daughter in a small French town and opens a chocolate shop. Her sensual, outsider ways began to change the lives of the townspeople and invokes the ire of the local priest. This is an enjoyable, light read, but one thing that confused me was when the novel was taking place. I remember reading a part about someone watching videos, but the idea of a priest being u [...]

    25. Sul fuoco un pentolone,code di rospo, zampe di gallinagira e rigira la strega Cesarina.Tuoni fulmini e saettedanzan tutte le forchette.Occhi di tigre e un po di farinaquesta è la cena della strega Cesarina.Come in un incantesimo da vecchia strega che butta di tutto un po' nel suo calderone bollente, così in questo Chocolat troppi ingredienti si amalgamano insieme per creare una brodaglia di dubbio gusto e sicuramente poco digeribile.Il cioccolato è afrodisiaco, il cioccolato dà dipendenza, q [...]

    26. 3.5 αστεράκια Ένα βιβλίο που δεν το συνιστώ με τίποτα σε όσους κάνουν δίαιτα γιατί μέσα απο τις σελίδες του είναι σαν να σου ψιθυρίζει "φάε σοκολάτα,φάε σοκολάτα" και είναι αδύνατον να αντισταθείς.H Bιαν Ροσέ,μια γυναίκα που περιπλανιέται απο τόπο σε τόπο,αποφασίζει να μείνει [...]

    27. «Немає такого поняття,як хороший або поганий християнин. Є погані і хороші люди».Вперше зустрічаю книжку, яка б так детально слугувала сценарієм для однойменного фільму. Дійсно у книзі є лише одна деталь,яка була дещо змінена у фільмі, але загалом, читаючи, ти розумієш,що ба [...]

    28. 21/7/2016This book is so beautifully written and so full of compelling and complex characters. On reread, I suspect a good part of the reason why the movie version is set in the 1950s is that it's easier to buy a nobleman having that much power over his small town community than it is to accept a priest having that much power over his small town community in the late 1990s. It may also have something to do with the domestic violence that takes place in one subplot of the book and the prejudice t [...]

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