Chocolat | Book Review

Chocolat

Firstly, how gorgeous is that cover? 🙂 Secondly, how CUTE is my Flintstones magnetic bookmark? Eeee! Moving on. 😛

I didn’t read much last week. I read just one book and that only took me one day. Let’s just say I was busy for reasons. Yes, I fell sick again. I had food poisoning, of all things, and I’m just recuperating. (Thank you -coughSahanacough- for making me realise how often I have been sick since I started this blog. 😛 Binge reading it really puts things in perspective huh? It didn’t give me one extra thing to worry about, don’t worry. Heh heh.) It’s ok though, that I didn’t read much because I have a tiny reading goal and I’m still one book ahead of schedule.No, it’s still appalling but whatever. I AM SICK OK?

I was supposed to return to college today but I had to push it back due to nausea and related things. All is not lost though! I have had a very productive few days on 9gag and also binge-watching Friends. And Youtube, of course. I have coursework piling up but meh. Right? Siiiiiiigh. Final semesters are the worst. They ought to ideally be dedicated only to chilling and hanging out with friends and soaking up all the hostel love. What is this business with classes and projects and all when we’ve basically graduated, amirite?

ANYYWAYYYYYYYY

Let’s talk about Chocolat by Joanne Harris. This book is charming but inexplicable. Essentially, it’s about a woman and her daughter who move to a small village in France and start a chocolate shop there and they’re opposed by the local priest who thinks she’ll corrupt his flock. And the woman is…magical. That’s all I can tell you. I went into it knowing nothing more than the synopsis, which is basically what I just described because I’m very stubborn about not watching movies until I’ve read the books and the handful of movies adapted from books that I did watch first were because I didn’t know there was a book. (I often don’t watch the movies afterwards either, but that’s beside the point.)

It subtly dealt with so many themes that it had me quite overwhelmed, to be honest. It’s seen as a magic versus the church kind of deal but it really isn’t about that at all. It’s about unconditional love, escaping abusive relationships, care of the elderly, abduction, mental illness, and so many more, and in such a way as to make one seem as though one was on a journey through a somewhat neglected but gorgeously overgrown garden. It just… it was magical. Any mention of somewhat modern things is almost startling amidst the lyrical language and the stiflingly medieval setting.

I highly recommend reading this book. Also, is the movie worth a watch? Let me know.

I just found out this book has TWO sequels! What! Not sure if I want to read those. I do want to read some of her other books though. Any recommendations? 🙂

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  1. […] 2. Chocolat by Joanne Harris – This was a charming, pleasant little book and it was the perfect, quick read to cheer me up. I read it in a few hours. I heard there are sequels but I am not risking reading them because I know they won’t be as good. (Speaking of which, Ready Player One, which I worship, is getting a sequel and I am actually sick with fear.) I will read other books by Joanne Harris though, by and by. I reviewed Chocolat as well and you can find the review here. […]

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