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Like Water for Chocolate Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn of the century Mexico became a best selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet witThe number one bestseller in Mexico and America for almost two years, and subsequently a bestseller around the world, Like Water For Chocolate is a romantic, poignant tale, touched with moments of magic, graphic earthiness, bittersweet wit and recipes A sumptuous feast of a novel, it relates the bizarre history of the all female De La Garza family Tita, the youngest daughter of the house, has been forbidden to marry, condemned by Mexican tradition to look after her mother until she dies But Tita falls in love with Pedro, and he is seduced by the magical food she cooks In desperation, Pedro marries her sister Rosaura so that he can stay close to her, so that Tita and Pedro are forced to circle each other in unconsummated passion Only a freakish chain of tragedies, bad luck and fate finally reunite them against all the odds I read Como Agua Para Chocolate in high school At the time my mother had a rule that if I wanted to see a movie, I had to read the book first, because for the most part, the book is better She maintains the rule to this day, which I have passed along to my children Laura Esquivel s debut novel focuses on a Mexican family at the turn of the 20th century The heroine Tita is the youngest daughter in her family and according to her family tradition is not allowed to marry Rather she is supposed I read Como Agua Para Chocolate in high school At the time my mother had a rule that if I wanted to see a movie, I had to read the book first, because for the most part, the book is better She maintains the rule to this day, which I have passed along to my children Laura Esquivel s debut novel focuses on a Mexican family at the turn of the 20th century The heroine Tita is the youngest daughter in her family and according to her family tradition is not allowed to marry Rather she is supposed to take care of her mother Mama Elena for her entire life Yet, Tita falls in love with Pedro as a teenager Knowing she is unable to marry him, she turns to cooking to soothe her emotional pain The chapters of the book features another of Tita s recipes, each of which dealing with Tita s dominate emotion while she cooks The family has Pedro marry Tita s older sister Rosaura and in this chapter Tita prepares quails in rose petal sauce Yet, the secret ingredient in this sauce is Tita s tears, which she sheds marking her loss of Pedro to her sister Consequently, the entire wedding party falls ill after eating Tita s gourmet cooking The years pass and Rosaura turns to knitting while Tita prospers in the kitchen The passage of time is marked by running water and electricity coming to the Mexican village Tita s moods are constantly evident in her food, and Esquivel s use of magical realism so common in Latin American authors is prevalent I would read this book for the recipes alone but the story is charming as well After nearly 20 years both the book and movie remain fresh in my mind, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a Latin American magical realism book 195 Como agua para chocolate Like Water for Chocolate, Laura EsquivelLike Water for Chocolate is a popular novel, published in 1989 by Mexican novelist and screenwriter Laura Esquivel The novel follows the story of a young girl named Tita, who longs for her lover, Pedro, but can never have him because of her mother s upholding of the family tradition the youngest daughter cannot marry, but instead must take care of her mother until she dies Tita is only able to express herself when she coo 195 Como agua para chocolate Like Water for Chocolate, Laura EsquivelLike Water for Chocolate is a popular novel, published in 1989 by Mexican novelist and screenwriter Laura Esquivel The novel follows the story of a young girl named Tita, who longs for her lover, Pedro, but can never have him because of her mother s upholding of the family tradition the youngest daughter cannot marry, but instead must take care of her mother until she dies Tita is only able to express herself when she cooks 2012 1376 235 964551276 1380 1386 9789645512765 201989 1992 first things first let s get rid of that ugly movie cover, and switch to the one i actually read.okay, better.this was my final selection for the readventurer challenge i read them alphabetically, based on the suggester s first name, for arbitrary fairness.it is strange that i have never read this book, as it is magical realism, doomed love story, and about food, all of which are interests of mine.here is a quick story that has nothing to do with the book, and i am going to put it in a spoi first things first let s get rid of that ugly movie cover, and switch to the one i actually read.okay, better.this was my final selection for the readventurer challenge i read them alphabetically, based on the suggester s first name, for arbitrary fairness.it is strange that i have never read this book, as it is magical realism, doomed love story, and about food, all of which are interests of mine.here is a quick story that has nothing to do with the book, and i am going to put it in a spoiler for everyone who thinks i am too personal in my book reports, but view spoiler so this is one of those books i always thought you either read in high school, or you just never read my AP english class senior year, i had a teacher i loved i had him for three classes that year, and he was the cool teacher with the chuck taylors and the ponytail, the irreverent one who cursed and treated high school kids like sentient beings, went by a nickname, and about whom there were rumors of indiscretions of the drugs and alcohol sort, not the other kind but he was also a canon adherer basically white european males all the time although we did read little foxes, so there was one lady the other AP class was a muchhey, let s read a range of perspectives syllabus and a bunch of people dropped out of his class to go to t other, and by the end we were down to like nine students, which was great for me, but probably reflected poorly on him but he was completely unapologetic about it, if women of brewster place was as good a book as heart of darkness, we would read women of brewster place and in a way dick, right but he was a great teacher, narrow perspective aside, and i learned so much in that class, even though i had to read heart of darkness, which yes a great book for structure and themes and resonance, but such a snooze so anyway, i know the other class read this book, and it is always on the school reading lists i have to fetch books for at the job, but i probably never would have read it without tatiana s suggestion, because i consider it a book that i had missed the boat on, associating it as i do with high school reading lists, and i am old when i sat down this morning to write this review, i decided to see if i could find out what old roz was up to.http florida.arrests.org Arrests Beaaaaaand there it is god, i love this man don t let them get you, roz drive recklessly into the night okay, that s all hide spoiler so, the book this thing is assigned to junior and high school students man, no wonder the teen pregnancy rates are where they are this is a very sensual book there are peeping toms, intercourse on horseback, the pouring of a frustrated libido into food preparation, and lovemaking that causes actual sparks, and in one case, death this is not a spoiler, because i m not giving names, and you probably already read this in your progressively anti canon high school classes.i am not a fan of romance, unless it is the forbidden, doomed romance of something like wuthering heights and this one is doomed tita is destined to remain unmarried and childless, trapped in the family tradition that the youngest daughter is entrusted with the care of her mother until her death bum deal, especially since she has fallen into passionate, reciprocal love with pedro, who ends up marrying her sister just to remain close to tita terrible plan, by the way.so her life becomes resentment and frustration, and food tita is the one who is preserving all the family s traditional recipes, the ones that take all day to make, the ones that are served on special occasions, the ones that require not only ingredients, but are also flavored with the cook s mood and these moods are wild and powerful, and affect all who eat the food in different ways.this book reads almost like a folk or fairy tale the magical realism is of the emotional variety, with ghosts and the physical manifestations of internal passions, rather than the magic standing in for larger social or political themes, which are present, but only as background detail the focus here is on character the book is structured into twelve chapters, each one representing a month, january december, but the action takes place over a number of years, so the significance of this is unclear to me however, what is not unclear is that every chapter opens with a recipe, and from the first one, christmas rolls, esquivel had my attention sardines, chorizo, onion, oregano, and serrano chiles, tucked into a roll.yeah, this is how you open a book.it s incredibly fast paced, and the recipes don t feel like they are taking you away from the action, they are enhancing it with a structure that is completely relevant to the action.not crazy about the ending, but i definitely liked the rest of it it awakened my senses, it made me hungry and happy and sad and all the shades in between and quite saucy, actually she felt so lost and lonely one last chile in walnut sauce left on the platter after a fancy dinner couldn t feel any worse than she did how many times had she eaten one of those treats, standing by herself in the kitchen, rather than let it be thrown away when nobody eats the last chile on the plate, it s usually because none of them wants to look like a glutton, so even though they d really like to devour it, they don t have the nerve to take it it was as if they were rejecting that stuffed pepper, which contains every imaginable flavor sweet as candied citron, juicy as a pomegranate, with the bit of pepper and subtlety of walnuts, that marvelous chile in walnut sauce within it lies the secret of love, but it will never be penetrated, and all because it wouldn t be proper.i think we all know what is going on here, don t we so maybe not as enduring as heart of darkness, but much, much spicier.come to my blog I couldn t help but fall for this short novel that encapsulates vividly yet simply the lives of these women in Mexico during the Pancho Villa Years The family unit is both necessary AND a culminating curse it s hardly fair that our heroine must not live out the life she desires but the one that is handed down to her A stupid family tradition it is true mine s a bit like Tita s clan, sure, though not at all dictates that the youngest daughter gets to take care of the matriarch and never m I couldn t help but fall for this short novel that encapsulates vividly yet simply the lives of these women in Mexico during the Pancho Villa Years The family unit is both necessary AND a culminating curse it s hardly fair that our heroine must not live out the life she desires but the one that is handed down to her A stupid family tradition it is true mine s a bit like Tita s clan, sure, though not at all dictates that the youngest daughter gets to take care of the matriarch and never marry nor fall in love Tita does, of course, fall in love her longing, desperation, hope all are ingredients for the eleven dishes she prepares and shares with the reader More than the story itself about shitty circumstances imprisoning a beating heart a stunting of a passion that soon after becomes nothing else but a heavy burden the mixture of recipe with story the book is actually revolutionary in taking a vastly different approach about the way we look at the culinary aspect our especially us Mexicans lives Whereas I got a sour flavor disgusting my palate watching such drivel as Julie and Julia, this book the movie does it little justice, by the way masterfully employs a type of rare literary alchemy by mixing elements as one would mix ingredients to give rise to something as tasty as it is nourishing Speaking of alchemy, it must be mentioned that this has a similar voice and tone as that of Madonna s fave Paulo Coelho The Alchemist , Veronika Decides to Die but, seriously, a WAYYYimaginative thereforeenjoyable sense of storytelling

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