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The Law of Love by Laura Esquivel

The Law of Love (original 1995; edition 1997)

by Laura Esquivel

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Title:The Law of Love
Authors:Laura Esquivel
Info:Three Rivers Press (1997), Edition: Book & CD, Paperback
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The Law of Love by Laura Esquivel (1995)

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Set in Mexico city in 2200. ( )
  FoxTribeMama | Oct 1, 2016 |
Not nearly as good as Like Water for Chocolate. I did like the idea of a soundtrack and pictures to accompany the story, but the story itself left me flat. I just wasn't expecting the futuristic reincarnation fantasy. And I didn't find any of the characters to be particularly appealing. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 22, 2014 |
This may be the first Around the World For a Good Book selection that is science fiction. Esquivel's novel is set in a future where reincarnations and karma are very real and central to society, and interplanetary travel and body-swapping are quite possible. Then there are guardian angels and demons guiding the primary characters' actions. All of it comes off very strange and poorly written (or is it the translator's fault?). The book just never worked as fiction, it was more of a collection of fantastical ideas. The first multimedia novel also comes with a CD with prompts to listen to at the appropriate part of the narrative as well as portions of the book in graphic novel to represent the characters' visions. It's gimmicky and doesn't really add much to the story. Overall this was mildly entertaining, but not really all that great, especially compared with Like Water for Chocolate. ( )
  Othemts | Sep 13, 2010 |
"The Law of Love" is a real curate's egg. A multimedia novel, containing a CD of songs listened to by the protagonists, it mashes up reincarnation, space travel, humour, tragedy, rape, revenge, politics, satire and the history of Mexico into a story which is almost always entertaining, but never very involving. Definitely worth a read, but don't expect more than flashes of brilliance. ( )
  timjones | Aug 15, 2009 |
This was a very different book, and I'm not sure I can explain it. The bulk of the story takes place in Mexico City in the 23rd century. Azucena and Rodrigo, after 14,000 past lives, are Twin Souls who have finally discovered each other, only to be separated after one night. Azucena, with the help of her Guardian Angel, is simultaneously searching for Rodrigo and attempting to expose a prospective President of the Planet as the murderer that she is. The plot is very confusing, as bodies and souls are switched, and past lives swirl around. The writing is vintage Esquivel, though, and that makes it easiers. The book also came with a music CD, and we are instructed throughout the book to listen to certain tracks to accompany the stunning illustrations of past lives and other significant events in the book. ( )
  tloeffler | May 17, 2009 |
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Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel leapt to international fame in 1993 with Like Water For Chocolate. Her new novel strives to replicate the impact of that work with multimedia innovation in style and structure. This translation by Margaret Sayers Peden comes with a CD of arias by Puccini and Mexican danzones, and 48 pages of striking color illustrations by Spanish artist Miguelano Prado. The text by Esquivel is part science fiction, part new age spiritual journey, as she chronicles the efforts of 23rd century "astroanalyst" Azucena to find her twin soul.

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"Fusion of science fiction and adventure-romance attempts to produce a multimedia 'event' that narrates through comic-strip panels and period music on accompanying CD. New Age tracts, precolumbian poetry, Puccini arias, and tedious plots never achieve narrative coherence in spite of Peden's adequate translation"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.… (more)

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