In this book you can feel the warmth of hot chocolate, the taste of melting chocolate on your tongue, the refreshing mint bite. It's a book that involves all your senses. Vianne is a bit like Mary Poppins, she tries to bring joy in other people life, to make them realize where their true happiness lies..
I watched the movie again after finishing the book, both good, but so different. The book is just magic!!!!
"I believe that being happy is the only important thing". I told him at last.
Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.
Vianne and her daughter Anouk live traveling and they arrive to Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, a small village in the french countryside. They're different from people living there: they don't go to church, they don't have prejudices against Roux and the river people, they don't care about what people think of them. But the Black Man doesn't like this wind of change...
With a host of wonderfully original and sometimes strange characters, Joanne Harris makes everyday life interesting in this deliciously different novel. Irresistible from the outset, 'Chocolat' is not only beautifully but cleverly written, giving voice to both main characters and therefore insight into two very different psyches. Thematically timeless, it is a study of small town life; of power and prejudice; of tradition and change; and family and friendship....Continua
Having re-read the book in preparation of an evening with Joanne Harris who will be discussing her book "Chocolat" as part of the Big City Read 2010, I have to admit that I still prefer the movie to the book. There are still too many questions relating to the main character's past left unanswered......Continua
Having already seen the movie that was taken from this book I still remembered some of the most important parts of the story. Far away from being a teaching book it is a nice reading for a couple of days. The story at some points sounds like a fairy tale, where mother don't understand the powerful minds of children and where magic has still an important role. In any case the book is nicely written and really enjoyable.
The descriptions of the chocolate creations are in any case mouthwatering and outstanding.