Saturday, July 28
Book Review: Chocolat
Author: Joanne Harris
Summary: When beautiful, unmarried Vianne Rocker sweeps into the pinched little French town of Lansquenet on the heels of the carnival and opens a gem of a chocolate shop across the square from the church, she begins to wreck havoc with the town's Lenten vows. Her uncanny ability to perceive her customers' private discontents and alleviate them with just the right confection coaxes the villagers to abandon themselves to temptation and happiness, but enrages Pere Reynaud, the local priest. Certain only a witch could stir such sinful indulgence and device such clever cures, Reynaud pits himself against Vianne and vows to block the chocolate festival she plans for Easter Sunday, and to run her out of town forever. Witch or not (she'll never tell), Vianne soon sparks a dramatic confrontation between those who prefer the cold comforts of the church and those who revel in their newly discovered taste for pleasure.
My Rating: 7.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed the plot, it was a good choice for a fun summer read. It's a quick and easy read, but very enjoyable.
Book has two narratives, Vianne and Pere Reynaud. Which I enjoyed, it created a very well rounded view of what was happening around them and helped create a very good image of the small community. Especially because the two characters were the polar opposite of each other. I also enjoyed the overall story of the small French community and the impact of the chocolate shop and what it represented and how it affected and helped some of those in the community. It may have been predictable, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. It had a touch of magical realism to it, which added an extra flare to the book, but it wasn't over the top.
Some of the characters were a bit stereotypical. For this particular book it didn't bother me too much, but it was there. The priest for example, the elderly spinster was another. I can definitely see some people being turned off by this, but I chose to ignore it in this book, as I found the overall premise to be quirky and fun to read.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, it was a fun read, a little predictable, but fun nonetheless. Warning! Book may make you crave chocolate. No seriously, it will!
What to read next: Blackberry Wine
Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, Speculative Reading Challenge