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Chocolat

Joanne Harris

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ISBN 10: 0670881791 / ISBN 13: 9780670881796
Published by Viking Press, Inc., 1999
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED. First American edition, first printing with complete number line staring with 1. Signed boldly on the first free endpaper. Unread book is tight and square with good corners and clean unmarred boards. Textblock is clean with no writing, bookplate or marks and not BCE, ex-library or remaindered. Dust jacket is unclipped. Very mild wrinkle to spine base otherwise Fine. (see photos). Protected in a Brodart cover. The author's acclaimed first book published in the US, and basis for the 2000 film directed by Lasse Hallstrom, and featuring Juliet Binoche, Johnny Depp, Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss, Lena Olin, Judi Dench, and Leslie Caron. Bookseller Inventory # 5081

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Title: Chocolat

Publisher: Viking Press, Inc.

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A timeless novel of the small French village of Lansquenet's awakening to joy and sensuality tells the story of how bewitching newcomer Vianne Rocher and her chocolate shop arrive and begin to play havoc with everyone's Lenten vows. A first novel. 22,000 first printing.

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Vianne Rocher and her 6-year-old daughter, Anouk, arrive in the small village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes--"a blip on the fast road between Toulouse and Bourdeaux"--in February, during the carnival. Three days later, Vianne opens a luxuriant chocolate shop crammed with the most tempting of confections and offering a mouth-watering variety of hot chocolate drinks. It's Lent, the shop is opposite the church and open on Sundays, and Francis Reynaud, the austere parish priest, is livid.

One by one the locals succumb to Vianne's concoctions. Joanne Harris weaves their secrets and troubles, their loves and desires, into her third novel, with the lightest touch. There's sad, polite Guillame and his dying dog; thieving, beaten-up Joséphine Muscat; schoolchildren who declare it "hypercool" when Vianne says they can help eat the window display--a gingerbread house complete with witch. And there's Armande, still vigorous in her 80s, who can see Anouk's "imaginary" rabbit, Pantoufle, and recognizes Vianne for who she really is. However, certain villagers--including Armande's snobby daughter and Joséphine's violent husband--side with Reynaud. So when Vianne announces a Grand Festival of Chocolate commencing Easter Sunday, it's all-out war: war between church and chocolate, between good and evil, between love and dogma.

Reminiscent of Herman Hesse's short story "Augustus," Chocolat is an utterly delicious novel, coated in the gentlest of magic, which proves--indisputably and without preaching--that soft centers are best. --Lisa Gee, Amazon.co.uk

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