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Like Water for Chocolate (original 1989; edition 1993)

by Laura Esquivel

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Member:elliepotten
Title:Like Water for Chocolate
Authors:Laura Esquivel
Info:Black Swan (1993), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Read in 2009
Rating:****1/2
Tags:fiction, food, Mexico, women, romance, magical realism, magic, film tie-in, adapted for the screen

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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (1989)

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Like Water for Chocolate is both a love story and a recipe book tied together in the style of magical realism. It deals with some tough concepts, like forbidden love and mistreatment within a family. I found that while I definitely felt for the main character and saw how difficult her life was I also felt bad for supporting characters whose lives were affected by her actions.
  GretchenLynn | Jun 1, 2017 |
I actually really liked it for a casual read. it was an easy/fast read, with the feel of a romance novel--which there's nothing wrong with and I actually really enjoy the genre. but I read the book for an English lit class, and I was pretty unpersuaded on that front/for that context. rereading it wouldn't be a hardship, though. ( )
  barelyamiable | Apr 6, 2017 |
In a word, sensuous. But, keep reading and other words will pop out: passionate, exotic, magical, romantic, mystical. The Boston Globe called it "deceptively simple" and I couldn't agree more. The words flow off the page and into your brain effortlessly and yet they have the power to stick with you. [Case in point: Gertrudis catching fire and running naked through the yard only to be swept up by a man on horseback is a scene I have never forgotten.] But, to the plot: Tita is the youngest daughter and, by family tradition, must devote her life to caring for her mother for her entire life. She cannot wed, she cannot leave the home. Ever. Even when the love of Tita's life proposes marriage she cannot accept. Instead she is forced to become the family cook, spending her days preparing meals for the rest of the family, including Tita's true love who has married her sister. It only gets more intriguing from there. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Mar 6, 2017 |
A pure delight. I saw the movie first, and fell in love with it. The book is very much like the film, and I had images of the cast in mind as I read. ( )
  ramon4 | Oct 24, 2016 |
A pleasant enough read of a Mexican family on an estate during the times of revolution. The head of the family is a widowed mother, a vicious harpy who rules her daughters with an iron fist. It’s a slim volume of passionate love with recipes of chili, chocolate, and beans ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Laura Esquivelprimary authorall editionscalculated
Arau, Alfonsomain authorall editionsconfirmed
Christensen, CarolTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Christensen, ThomasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mendelaar, FrancineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pernu, SannaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peteri, HarriëtTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Toelke, CathleenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the table or to bed
You must come when you are bid.
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Take care to chop the onion fine.
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"The truth! The truth! Look, Tita, the simple truth is that the truth does not exist; it all depends on a person's point of view."
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The original Spanish title was “Como agua para chocolate”.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 038542017X, Paperback)

Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in tum-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

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With more than two million copies in print, this beloved novel has become a treasured part of America's literary memory. Now, for the first time, this "tall-tale, fairy-tale, soap opera romance, Mexican cookbook, and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one" (San Francisco Chronicle) is available in trade paper with the original art from the hardcover.… (more)

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