Chocolat by Joanne Harris

About the book

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?

Reviewed by Shipton Bellinger W I Reading Group:

A very enjoyable book on many levels. Well written and closely observed. Characters are complex. This book generated more discussion than any other we have read. Not the light read we at first assumed it would be. Well worth reading.

Rating: ***

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4 thoughts on “Chocolat by Joanne Harris”

  1. Review by H.I. Townswomen’s Guild Reading Group
    Joanne Harris’ ‘Chocolat’ prompted a lot of discussion in the group. Some members found the story unbelievable in places and not inclined to believe in ‘witches’. Others thought it a delightful read, mouthwateringly so, the characters well drawn provoking sympathy or irritation and beautifully written. We will read more of Joanne Harris”
    Star rating: ****

  2. Review by Eastleigh Weds afternoonReading Group:
    We gave it 7½ – 10. Our views varied on this book – some said it was slow and a bit boring, but the majority enjoyed it and found the characters interesting, the chocolate aspect a bit too much and a lot of discussion took place over the ‘darker’ side of the novel – the Blackman, magic etc. Generally enjoyed – more than the film.
    Star rating: ****

  3. Review by Happy Days Reading Group:
    We thought this book whetted our appetite to explore the literary comparison of chocolates to the emotional turmoil of passion, jealousy and guilt.
    Star rating: ***

  4. Review by Fordingbridge U3A Group 2:
    Very readable and enjoyable, treat it as a fantasy and it is most enjoyable. Much better than the film.
    Star rating: ***

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