Chocolat – Joanne Harris
Try me…Test me…Taste me…
When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaud indentifies her as a serious danger to this flock – especially as it is beginning of Lent, the traditionnal season of self-denial. War is declared as the priest denounces the newcomer’s wares as the ultimate sin.
Suddently Vianne’s shop-cum-café means that there is somewhere for secrets to be whispered, grievances to be aired, dreams to be tested. But Vianne’s plans for an Easter CHocolate Festivale divide the whole community in a conflict that escalates into a « Church not Chocolate » battle. As mouths water in anticipation, can the solemnity of the Church compare with the pagan passion of a chocolate éclair?
For the first time is a novel in which chocolate enjoys its true importance. Rich, clever and mischievous, Chocolat is a literary feast for all senses.