Chocolat (Chocolat, #1)

EPUB EBook by Joanne Harris

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There is a lot more going on in this novel than a simple "Catholics bad. Chocolat (Chocolat, #1) EPUB EBook Pagans good." theme that seems to offend readers so much that they miss everything else. Some subjects found in this story:

letting go - EPUB of children as they grow up and of loved ones who die

moving on - from bad relationships and harmful habits


facing your fears

loving friends/family/strangers for who they are

the assumptions people make about each other

the right to die

heeding your own advice

tolerance/eradicating temptation


feeling powerless

wanting to control people "for their own good"/letting people make their own decisions even when you disagree

Also, the priest in the book isn't so simple and evil as people want to believe. He suffers moments of doubt that his way is the best. I don't mean doubts about his faith/religion, but doubts about how he's decided to lead the members of his church and community. (Is religious tolerance really a slippery slope that they can't handle?)

Furthermore, he struggles with the desire to be moral and create what he considers the best environment for the members of his church and his belief that he'll have to do something immoral to rid the city of the temptation he feels the members of his church are too weak to handle. Should he let them fall into sin, lose faith and suffer damnation, or sacrifice his own morality to save theirs? If this were such an easy decision for him, as it would be if he were simply evil, he would do something awful right away and we'd have a completely different novel. Like this book? Read online this: Memo on the Merger of the Catholic Church and the Church of Scientology to create the Church of Scienticathology, Avec un peu d'amour et beaucoup de chocolat .

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