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Discovery of Chocolate Paperback – 22 January 2002
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- Publisher : Harper Perennial; Perennial ed. edition (22 January 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060959436
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060959432
- Dimensions : 20.37 x 13.49 x 2.01 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"This enchanting novel takes up where strict histories of chocolate leave off, exploring the spiritual and emotional effects of chocolate and how these magical qualities have moved people throughout the ages. It gives a soul to the existing body of knowledge."--Nick Malgieri, author of "Chocolate and "Cookies Unlimited"The next time you place on your lips the final moist fragments of a Sachertorte or taste the dark nipple of a Hershey's Kiss and imagine the wickedness that gave us such marvels, turn to James Runcie. His treasure of a book, fantastic and delicious and dreamily erotic by turns, will transmute your yearning for the bitter water into a craving from which you will, quite happily, never recover."--Simon Winchester, author of "The Professor and the Madman"Runcie's provocative imagery transports the reader on a marvelous journey through centuries of chocolate fact and lore. The climax of the narrative is as sweet as the subject matter."--Marcel Desaulniers, author of "Death by Chocolate Cakes"James Runcie has whipped up a rare entertainment--a fable as richly satisfying as chocolate itself. This bittersweet tale, beginning with a conquistador's first magical encounter with the seeds of the cacao, tells how chocolate becomes the elixir of his life, extending his loves and adventures through centuries, across continents and into the lives of some very famous names. It is a confection of delights."--Timothy Findley, author of "Pilgrim"
About the Author
James Runcie is an award-winning filmmaker in England. He has scripted three films for BBC Television, reviewed books for the Daily Telegraph, and has written for the Observer, the Evening Standard, and Country Living. This is his first novel.
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Reviewed in Australia on 5 February 2016
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Still not up to The Colour of Heaven, which ...Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 June 2018
Still not up to The Colour of Heaven, which is superb, but a romp through the ages, accompanied by a faithful greyhound, which tells the history of chocolate. Worth a try.
A good storyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 March 2014
This is a story spanning several centuries - all about a man who discovers chocolate and love and how he develops the chocolate and re-finds his love. Try Runcie's other book 'The Colour of Heaven' which is also good.
Chocolate thru the ages!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 August 2015
Bit weird but kind of compelling about a man who lives for a thousand years
Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 August 2017
QUICK DELIVERY AND GOOD ITEM
Four StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 April 2017
Runcie is a great writer and in this novel explores characters that are unique in a strange fantasy