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First edition cover
First edition cover
Author Joanne Harris
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date 4 March 1999
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 394 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN ISBN 0-385-41064-6 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC Number 40881895

Chocolat is a 1999 novel by Joanne Harris. It tells the story of Vianne Rocher, a young mother, who arrives at a fictional insular French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes with her six-year-old daughter, Anouk. Vianne opens La Céleste Praline, a small chocolaterie, and her confections quickly begin to change the lives of the townspeople through magic, setting up a conflict with Francis Reynaud, the parish curate. Chocolat is a recent contribution to the literary stream of Magic Realism.

Harris has indicated that several of the book's characters were influenced by individuals in her life:[1] Her daughter forms the basis for the young Anouk, including her imaginary rabbit, Pantoufle. Harris' strong-willed and independent great-grandmother influenced her portrayal of both Vianne and the elderly Armande.

Chocolat is the French word for "chocolate", and is pronounced [ʃɔkɔˈla].

A sequel to the novel, The Lollipop Shoes, was released in the UK in 2007; under the title The Girl with No Shadow, it is set for a May 2008 release in the US.[2]


Plot summary

The most tempting of all sweets becomes the key weapon in a battle of sensual pleasure against disciplined self-denial in this comedy. A mysterious woman named Vianne moves with her young daughter into the small French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, where much of the community's activities are dominated by the local Catholic church. A few days after settling into town, Vianne opens up a confectionery shop across the street from the house of worship—shortly after the beginning of Lent. While the townspeople abstain from worldly pleasures for Lent, Vianne tempts them with unusual and delicious chocolate creations, using her expert touch to create just the right candy to break down each customer's resistance. With every passing day, more and more of Vianne's neighbours succumb to her sinfully delicious treats, but Francise Reynaud, the town's curate, is not the least bit amused: he is eager to see Vianne run out of town before she leads the town into a deeper level of temptation. Vianne, however, is not to be swayed, and with the help of another new arrival in town, a handsome Romani (Gypsy) from Marseille named Roux, she plans a "Grand Festival of Chocolate," to be held on Easter Sunday.


  • Vianne Rocher
  • Anouk Rocher
  • Josephine Muscat
  • Paul-Marie Muscat
  • Armande Voizin
  • Francis Reynaud
  • Caroline Clairmont
  • Luc Clairmont
  • Guillaume
  • Narcisse
  • Roux
  • Zezette & Blanche

Film adaptation

The novel was adapted for film in 2000, directed by Lasse Hallstrom and starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin and Johnny Depp.

Release details

  • 1999, UK, Doubleday (ISBN 0-385-41064-6), Pub date 4 March 1999, hardback (First edition)
  • 2000, UK, Black Swan (ISBN 0-552-99848-6), Pub date 2 March 2000, paperback
  • 1999, USA, Viking Adult (ISBN 0-670-88179-1), Pub date February 1999, hardback
  • 2000, USA, Penguin Books (ISBN 0-14-028203-3), Pub date January 2000, paperback
  • 2000, USA, Penguin Books (ISBN 0-14-100018-X), Pub date November 2000, paperback (film tie-in edition)
  • 2000, Australia, Black Swan (ISN 0-552-99893-1), Pub date 2000, paperback (film tie-in edition)


  1. ^ ""About the Book"". Joanne Harris Website. Retrieved 2007-06-09.  Contains comments by the author.
  2. ^ The Girl with No Shadow by Joanne Harris

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From Wikiquote

Chocolat is a 2000 film based on the novel Chocolat by Joanne Harris. Adapted by screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs, Chocolat tells the story of a young mother, played by Juliette Binoche, who arrives at the fictional, repressed French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes with her six-year-old daughter and opens La Chocolaterie Maya, a small chocolaterie. Her chocolate quickly begins to change the lives of the townspeople.


Pere Henri

  • Satan wears many guises. At times, he is the singer of a lurid song you hear on the radio. At times, the author of a salacious novel. The quiet man in the schoolyard, asking your children if he might join their game..."

[Zooms in on Reynaud, who is mouthing the speech]

...and at times, the maker of sweet things, mere trifles, for what could seem more harmless, more innocent, than chocolate?

Comte de Reynaud

  • Let me put this in perspective for you. The first Comte de Reynaud expelled all the radical Huguenots in this village. You and your truffles present a far lesser challenge.


Serge: We are still married, in the eyes of God.
Josephine: Then He must be blind.

Vianne Rocher: What do you see?
Armande Voizin: Not a damned thing.
Vianne Rocher: Come on, it's a game. What do you see?
Armande Voizin: I see a cranky old woman too tired to play games.
Vianne Rocher: Oh. I've got just the thing for you.

Père Henri: [hearing confession] What else?
Guillaume Blerot: Impure thoughts. The woman who runs the chocolaterie...
Père Henri: Vianne Rocher?
Guillaume Blerot: She suggested I buy chocolate sea shells for the widow Audel. And, well... I guess that got me to thinking, about the widow Audel.
Père Henri: At her age? At your age?
Guillaume Blerot: Yes, and yes.

Luc Clairmont: [at confession] Each time I tell myself it's the last time, but then I get a whiff of her hot chocolate, or...
Madame Audel: ...Seashells. Chocolate seashells, so small, so plain, so *innocent*. I thought, oh, just one little taste, it can't do any harm. But it turned out they were filled with rich, sinful...
Yvette Marceau: ...And it *melts*, God forgive me, it melts ever so slowly on your tongue, and tortures you with pleasure.

Luc Clairmont: Grandmère, bonjour.
Armande Voizin: I, um... would you like a cup of, uh...
Luc Clairmont: No, no thank you. I'm just here to, uh... do a portrait.
Armande Voizin: Whose?
Vianne Rocher: Yours, actually. Is the light OK where she's sitting?

Luc Clairmont: Happy birthday, Grandmère.
Armande Voizin: The invitation said five o'clock.
Luc Clairmont: I should have read it more closely.
Armande Voizin: If you had you would know there were supposed to be no gifts.
Luc Clairmont: Don't worry so much about supposed to.

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