Like Water For Chocolate
  • Like Water For Chocolate
  • Like Water For Chocolate
ISBN: 0385420161
EAN13: 9780385420167
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 6, 1992
Pages: 245
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 7.6" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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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 wit. The classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother's womb, her daughter to be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef. She shares special points of her favorite preparations with listeners throughout the story. The Spanish language edition of the best-selling Like Water For Chocolate is a remarkable success in its own right. Now, in this mass market edition, thousands of new readers will be able to partake in the sumptuous, romantic, and hilarious tale of Tita, the terrific cook with an extra special something in her sauce. A delightful first novel. the fragrant story makes you dream of love and want your supper too. -- Glamour. A mystical Mexican love story. that] will charm the palate and the heart. -- USA Today. A tall-tal, fairy-tale, soap-opera and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one. -- San Francisco Chronicle.

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   Like water for chocolate
A very sad and tragic story of love stolen yet redeemed and of untold sacrifices demanded of family by those in power. Really good book, but complex to understand. Great recipes that involve as much work as the stories woven around them.
   It is an easy and very entertaining read
The book is a feast of magical realism and ironies. Its intricacies are one of the reasons this book is so special. It is an easy and very entertaining read.
   it's a sensuous love story within a matriarchal Mexican family
What a wonderful realism. The book is divided into Delightful chapters all beginning with a recipe. I am using it as the set book for my college ESL writing class, and my students are transported too. Even though the narrator is a woman and the main character is a woman, there is plenty of interest and engage both men and women, especially since it is set at the time of the 1910 Mexican Revolution. It's a sensuous love story within a matriarchal Mexican family, Williams said.
   Great book
I found this book in a search for works by Mexican authors. Really enjoyed it, said Blair.
   Magical realism
I don't normally like magical realism in books, but this one held my attention and kept me reading to the end, maybe because of the culture shock of a tradition that needed to die or maybe because of the love triangle between married Pedro, widowed John and subjugated Tita. Many of the recipes in the book often mirror the emotions and the events in the story. It's a short read, but it challenges you to rethink how you live your life and how your expectations of others might need a re-examination.
   I read this book in a matter of hours
I found this book captivating from the start, and finished it in less than a day. I just couldn't be pulled away from its pages. The cultural lore and imagery used in this story's telling was as powerful and captivating as it was fantastical. As wild as the descriptions could be, they were also profoundly true as a metaphor for the potential of human reactions in the secret and safe chambers of our minds, where our emotions take place without restraint. Pure and unfiltered.
   It has become one of my all-time favorites
I bought this book months ago and looked at it every day until finally picking it up, and within two days I had read it cover to cover. I've seen it all, and I'm entranced by the genre of magical realism. Although I knew I was reading a novel that couldn't possibly have happened the way it was written, Laura Esquivel brought her characters to life. Tita, Gertrudis, Rosaura, Mama Elena, Pedro, Nacha, Chencha danced across my brain as I read their fantastic story. I'm pretty sure that the next time I cut into an onion and the tears start, I will think of Tita.
   If you like mystical realism this might be a book you’d want to check out
Water for Chocolate tells the story of a family that made chocolate. Their story is told through recipes and home remedies, and the book is broken into twelve chapters. Each chapter has one month of the year. However, the story takes place over a twenty-year period and I liked some of the themes in the book finding a sense of purpose in one's life, the things we give importance to that maybe aren't so important, and what love really is.
I really enjoyed this unique and piquant story, Raymond said. It melds the love of good food with the love between people in a really fanciful way.
   Thoroughly entertaining story; brought me to love Magical Realism
My book club read this book Mexico as we read our way around the world. We were not disappointed. This was my first introduction to magical realism, and I was in love from the first page. Don't expect the characters or story to be extremely developed. This is one of those books that you might find yourself speeding through and then thinking about it all over again. While the story isn't pointedly about Mexican history or culture, we learned about those aspects in perfect little doses through the writing style and story line. The whole thing was great, said Brigitte. I enjoyed the book so much that I bought myself a copy after I read the first one.