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Chocolat

Chocolat

Harris, Joanne, 1964-

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?

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Black Swan, 2000, c1999

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Details

Statement of responsibility: Joanne Harris
ISBN: 0552998486, 9780552998482
Note: Originally published: London: Doubleday, 1999.
Physical Description: 319p. ; 20cm.
Subject: Chocolate Fiction.; Lent Fiction.

Author note

Joanne Harrisis one of our best-loved and most versatile novelists. She first appeared on the scene with the bestsellingChocolat(made into an Oscar-nominated film with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp), which turned into the sensuous Lansquenet trilogy (withLollipop ShoesandPeaches for Monsieur le Curé). She has since written acclaimed novels in such diverse genres as fantasy based on Norse myth (Runemarks,Runelight,The Gospel of Loki), and the Malbry cycle of dark psychological thrillers (Gentlemen & Players,Blueeyedboy, and nowDifferent Class).

Born in Barnsley, of an English father and a French mother, she spent fifteen years as a teacher before (somewhat reluctantly) becoming a full-time writer. In 2013, she was awarded an MBE. She lives in Yorkshire, plays bass in a band first formed when she was sixteen, works in a shed in her garden, spends far too much time online and occasionally dreams of faking her own death and going to live in Hawaii.

Reviews

"Mouthwatering ... a feelgood book of the first order ... your senses are left reeling. Read it"
Observer||"Is this the best book ever written? Truly excellent ... Harris's achievement is not only in her story, in her insight and humour and the wonderful picture of small-town life in rural France, but also in her writing"
Literary Review||"Sensuous and thought-provoking ... subtle and brilliant"
Daily Telegraph||"A celebration of pleasure, of love, of tolerance"
Observer||"An addictive read ... haunting, obsessive and just a little nutty, like a freshly made praline"

Back cover copy

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?