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Like Water for Chocolate
by Laura Esquivel | Literature & Fiction
Registered by teachie of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on 1/13/2008
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by dolphin-au): travelling


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Journal Entry 1 by teachie from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on Sunday, January 13, 2008

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Each chapter of screenwriter Esquivel's utterly charming interpretation of life in turn-of-the-century Mexico begins with a recipe--not surprisingly, since so much of the action of this exquisite first novel (a bestseller in Mexico) centers around the kitchen, the heart and soul of a traditional Mexican family. The youngest daughter of a well-born rancher, Tita has always known her destiny: to remain single and care for her aging mother. When she falls in love, her mother quickly scotches the liaison and tyrannically dictates that Tita's sister Rosaura must marry the luckless suitor, Pedro, in her place. But Tita has one weapon left--her cooking. Esquivel mischievously appropriates the techniques of magical realism to make Tita's contact with food sensual, instinctual and often explosive. Forced to make the cake for her sister's wedding, Tita pours her emotions into the task; each guest who samples a piece bursts into tears. Esquivel does a splendid job of describing the frustration, love and hope expressed through the most domestic and feminine of arts, family cooking, suggesting by implication the limited options available to Mexican women of this period. Tita's unrequited love for Pedro survives the Mexican Revolution the births of Rosaura and Pedro's children, even a proposal of marriage from an eligible doctor. In a poignant conclusion, Tita manages to break the bonds of tradition, if not for herself, then for future generations. 


Journal Entry 2 by teachie from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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This is on its way to dolphin-au who chose it from the 1001 books VBB. 


Journal Entry 3 by dolphin-au from Lake Macquarie, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, February 12, 2008

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Looking forward to reading this. Thanks teachie! 


Journal Entry 4 by dolphin-au from Lake Macquarie, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, February 03, 2010

8 out of 10

De;ightful book. I can remember seeing the movie based on this book a few years ago on televivion. The book was even better I think. I'm very tempted to try to cook some of the recipes in this book.
What is it with Latin-Americans and magic realism? It seems quite endemic.
 


Journal Entry 5 by dolphin-au at Bookfest in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, April 09, 2011

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Released 6 yrs ago (4/9/2011 UTC) at Bookfest in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales Australia

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Donated to the yearly bookfest booksale 


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