Joanne Harris “Chocolat”

If you love chocolate, you will definitely be tempted by the name of popular novel by british writer Joanne Harris – “Chocolat”.

“Chocolat” is a novel written in the genre of mystical melodrama. It tells about beautiful Vianne Rocher and her 6-year-old daughter, Anouk, who at the end of winter, during the carnival, arrived to a small French town Laksne Su-Thann.

Since then, a kind of mysticism begins – the heroine opens the chocolaterie — “La Céleste Praline”, which entices locals by incredible aroma and subtle taste of chocolate.

Chocolate knobs, pretzels, gingerbread with gilded edging, marzipan in the nests of crepe paper, peanut candies, chocolate grapes, biscuits, sets of shapeless goodies in boxes for half kilo… I sell dreams, small comforts, sweet harmless temptations to bring down a multitude of saints crashing among the hazels and nougatines…

Vianne brings new emotions, joy and colors into life of this small town. Of course this angers the young priest, Francis Reynaud and several devout parishioners which accustomed to their way of life, and do not recognize the “newcomers”. Therefore her life will not be so carefree.

It takes time to one or other person recognized you. And sometimes it is necessary to seek for recognition for your entire life.

In Laksne Su-Thann chocolatier also has friends, with whom she separates joy and sorrow. Supporting friends and helping them understand their desires, Vian gradually realizes her own life, her destiny, and undoubtedly believes:

Being happy is the only important thing. Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.


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