Chocolat Question #1 ~ Theme and Message

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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Wed May 31, 2006 8:20 am

suec and es, I think balance and hope are two good words to describe the book! Noodlemantras, you all are on a roll! :bounce:
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Unread postby PhD » Wed May 31, 2006 9:09 pm

I'm late, and seem to agree with all that's been said! I will throw in that it's also story about trying to control others (you can't/shouldn't do it). Caro tries to control Armande & Luc. Josephine's husband tries to control her. Reynauld tries to control everyone. You can't control others... you have to let them be who they are. I think this idea goes hand-in-hand with many of the other thoughts already expressed (or maybe just restates them in a different way).
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Unread postby Liz » Wed May 31, 2006 9:54 pm

es wrote:
Also, I think the book (and ultimately Armand) showed me that it's o.k. to wear red underthings when you're 'old'


:rotflmao: and so its a book of hope :cool:


Es, I think it is a book of hope--hope for all those who made changes in their lives or those who saw that tolerance was the way. :cool:
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Unread postby Liz » Wed May 31, 2006 10:49 pm

suec wrote:I like the points about the theme of change and facing up to personal demons. Also about intolerance and acceptance. I don't have much to add. But it seems also to be about balance in life and reconciliation, with others and ourselves. Also seeing the truth, in ourselves and others, the difference between appearance and reality, and perceptions of it: 'to see beneath the disguise to the truth'.


I agree with you on the "balance" theme. Reynaud and his groupies see things in black and white. But Vianne comes in with a fresh approach to life. She sees life in grays.
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Unread postby rustyred » Thu Jun 01, 2006 12:40 am

Before I read everyones' thoughts
I thought I'd give it a go.

I felt a strong kinship to this book.

For me it's about women's strengths, and the ability to focus, change and to overcome the domineering male, religious, and antiquated government or civil attitudes - to break free from the mold of what is"expected" of them.

Roux who too had overcome much of this narrow mindset was accepted readily by these strong willed women.

For me it was about women's commitment to overcome oppression and because of their strength, society as a whole is vastly improved
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Unread postby rustyred » Thu Jun 01, 2006 12:43 am

Liz wrote:
suec wrote:I like the points about the theme of change and facing up to personal demons. Also about intolerance and acceptance. I don't have much to add. But it seems also to be about balance in life and reconciliation, with others and ourselves. Also seeing the truth, in ourselves and others, the difference between appearance and reality, and perceptions of it: 'to see beneath the disguise to the truth'.


I agree with you on the "balance" theme. Reynaud and his groupies see things in black and white. But Vianne comes in with a fresh approach to life. She sees life in grays.


Not just in grays - but in colours
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Thu Jun 01, 2006 8:23 am

Hey, RR! :wave: Good to see you here! I'm glad you brought up the women, we will be discussing them starting today with Vianne.
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Unread postby Liz » Thu Jun 01, 2006 8:41 am

rustyred wrote:
Liz wrote:
suec wrote:I like the points about the theme of change and facing up to personal demons. Also about intolerance and acceptance. I don't have much to add. But it seems also to be about balance in life and reconciliation, with others and ourselves. Also seeing the truth, in ourselves and others, the difference between appearance and reality, and perceptions of it: 'to see beneath the disguise to the truth'.


I agree with you on the "balance" theme. Reynaud and his groupies see things in black and white. But Vianne comes in with a fresh approach to life. She sees life in grays.


Not just in grays - but in colours


Perfect! I love it! :disco:

:welcome: Glad to have you join us, Rusty.
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Unread postby nebraska » Thu Jun 01, 2006 9:10 pm

Sioux wrote:Yay! My first real discussion! :yahoo:
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Also, I think the book (and ultimately Armand) showed me that it's o.k. to wear red underthings when you're 'old'. :biglaugh: heehee

:chill: :pray:


I haven't finished the book yet!!!!! :bawl: I have barely even started! But Armand was one of my favorite characters in the movie. As a woman rapidly approaching the age of 60, I can see a positive theme for me. Red underthings! :bounce: :bounce: :blush: Sounds fabulous to me.

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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Thu Jun 01, 2006 9:23 pm

Go for it, nebraska! :blush: Good to see you back at ONBC. :bounce: Even if you haven't read the book yet you know you can jump in anytime. :cool:
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Unread postby Veronica » Fri Jun 02, 2006 8:52 pm

Better late than never....

Accepting other for who they are!
Everything is always okay in the end,
if it's not, then it's not the end.

Today is a gift....Have Fun!

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Unread postby Liz » Fri Jun 02, 2006 9:19 pm

Veronica wrote:Better late than never....

Accepting other for who they are!


Glad you are just late and not never, V. :grin:

And I agree with your opinion about the theme.
You can't judge a book by its cover.

The only thing that matters is the ending. It's the most important part of the story.


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