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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Book review: Chocolat by Joanne Harris

The book: Chocolat

The author: Joanne Harris

Pages: 86

Chocolat, by Joanne Harris, apprises the story of Vianne Rocher and her daughter Anouchk. They spent their entire life going from town to town, from country to country, exploring new places and experiencing new relationships. It was particularly a tradition that Vianne and her mother used to do.

In her new town vianne opened a chocolaterie, and tried to make it a way to blend in and adapt into the new environment. But the reigning ambiance wasn’t welcoming the single mother. The town was a religious one, women were supposed to take care of their houses and husbands, and go to church. The things that Vianne wasn’t doing and was never willing to do. They considered her chocolaterie as the devil’s messenger.

Vianne fought with the narrow minded people and proved to them that chocolate is a pleasure that everyone is allowed to feel.
She made them realise that religion is not depriving its followers from the pleasures of life and that the person got its needs and craving for some fun and amusement.

Vianne decided to leave many times, but the kindness of some friends, and her need to settle down and have a stable life, made her overcome the challenges and make the change in the small town.

The plot is good, although a little boring but i feel that the movie did a great job fixing the flaws. I like the writing style. It is really mature but clear and an easy read.

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