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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Book Club: Chocolat By Joanne Harris

The November book club read was Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Chocolat is the story of a quirky woman and free spirited child who move into a quaint French village, open a chocolate shop, and unbeknown to them start to change the lives of the villagers. Ironically this sweet indulgent chocolate shop sits opposite the Church where the villagers go to speak of their sins.
The book came from the library and was old and worn and suited the story well. I really enjoyed the writing style everything was described so you felt you were living in the village yourself .... I could imagine the cobblestone roads of the village, the boats on the river, the old women and bristly men characters, the nasty priest and most of all the smell of the chocolate shop. I didn't really like the ending of the book and I thought there could've been more of a love interest in the story.

I have neither watched the movie (shocking considering it has my favourite Johnny Depp in it!) nor read this book before and I was in for a real treat. Us book club girls are also planning a movie night after the book review which I think will be fitting for us all to bring chocolate dishes to share!

I would recommend this book for both young and old it is a really beautiful story and well written. I give this book 4 stars.
Jarrah Jungle's Star Rating:
1 Bad - I'd rather eat brussel sprouts topped with anchovies than read this again
2 Not Good - I'd rather watch re-runs of Neighbours than read this again
3 Ok - I'm sitting on the fence - its not great but not terrible either
4 Good - I'd pass up a pack of tim tams for this read
5 Great - I'd pass up a date with Johnny Depp for this read
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  1. I read this book quite a while ago and did enjoy it. You have to watch the movie's wonderful!

  2. I haven't read the book but I should, I did see the movie though, probably wouldn't have if Johnny hadn't lured me into his spell. :p

    Not sure if you want spoilers on your comments for those that haven't read it, so I won't say anything more about it, except it was really great with a wonderful moral message.

  3. I saw the movie quite a long time ago but would love to read the book! What a great idea to do as a book club. Everything's better with chocolate!

  4. I liked this book, Michelle. Look forward to seeing if you think the movie does it justice. Cheers

  5. I just mentioned it on Carole's blog. I read this book ages ago and then watched the movie. I actually preferred the movie which is a very rare occasion. I'm looking forward to your review of the movie. I also love Johnny Depp and this is one of his cutest roles ever.

    Btw - love your rating with the Brussels Sprouts, I take it you "love" them as much as I do. :-D

  6. I love when you can vividly see the landscape and scenes. THANKS for sharing.

    My featured book is SEVEN LOCKS.

    Stopping by from Carole's January Books I Loved. I am in that list as # 46.

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