TitleChocolate - Um (doce) romance de sabores e afectos
AuthorJoanne Harris
ImprintJoanne Harris Ltd
Sales rank4.5


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 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 of Chocolate 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 writingsit back and gorge yourself on Chocolat.


Robyn Groth

Chocolate - Um (doce) romance de sabores e afectos By Joanne Harris

There is a lot 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 habi... (Sign in to see more)

Ahmad Sharabiani

Chocolate - Um (doce) romance de sabores e afectos By Joanne Harris

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 chocolater... (Sign in to see more)


Chocolate - Um (doce) romance de sabores e afectos By Joanne Harris

Lansquenet sous Tannes, two hundred souls at most, no 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 fo... (Sign in to see more)

Will Byrnes

Chocolate - Um (doce) romance de sabores e afectos By Joanne Harris

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 confection... (Sign in to see more)


Chocolate - Um (doce) romance de sabores e afectos By Joanne Harris

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.


Chocolate - Um (doce) romance de sabores e afectos By Joanne Harris

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 nov... (Sign in to see more)


Chocolate - Um (doce) romance de sabores e afectos By Joanne Harris

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 than usual, anyway I liked Chocolat but there were several glaring annoyances that ruined it for me.I did not appreciate the chocol... (Sign in to see more)


Chocolate - Um (doce) romance de sabores e afectos By Joanne Harris

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 than anything I have to say I really enjoyed both the book and the movie I think it... (Sign in to see more)


Chocolate - Um (doce) romance de sabores e afectos By Joanne Harris

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 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... (Sign in to see more)

Resh (The Book Satchel)

Chocolate - Um (doce) romance de sabores e afectos By Joanne Harris

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 Vian... (Sign in to see more)

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