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The Law of Love

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  2,211 ratings  ·  167 reviews
This exuberantly romantic and wildly comic tale from the author of Like Water for Chocolate combines inventive printed fiction with Puccini arias on CD! When a Mexican astroanalyst in the 23rd century searches her past lives for her lover, she encounters many adventures, including the fall of Montezuma and a plot by a reborn Mother Teresa to rule the planet. As the music ...more
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published September 11th 1996 by Random House Value Publishing (first published 1995)
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Deborah
This book was amazing! Ms. Esquivel did an amazing job of blending science fiction, humor, Buddhism, & Catholicism into a beautiful story that quite simply is a call to mankind to come together in love. This is a book that I must own so that I can re-read it throughout my life. ;-)
Here are three of my favorite quotes from the book:
"Most people are constantly forming opinions...This creates an insurmountable barrier and we find ourselves dominated by intolerance. As soon as we meet a person,
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Jess
I found this book several years ago in the hallway of my first apartment building in New York (the one that also frequently had chicken bones littering the halls). It had been discarded by my neighbor across the way; she had put out many books over the time I lived there, mostly of a semi-mystical, feminist bent (for example, this is also where I found a copy of Women Who Run With the Wolves). I was kind of fascinated by the neighbor, as she designed clothes and had a fabulously overstuffed livi ...more
Cheryl
This book came with a CD to listen to as you read the book, a multimedia experience that was amazing. The illustrations were interesting and added depth to the story. It was one of the most unique reading experiences in my life and I wish there were more like it! I loved the CD and still listen to it, it has some great songs by Liliana Felipe, a Mexican folk singer as well as arias from Puccini. I like most of Esquivel's writing, it can be spiritual and funny and philosophical all at the same ti ...more
Aja
This is now one of my top reads of all time (my sister says its the Latina in me that loves magic realism, but it goes beyond that). A masterful blend of time, space, and instruction on how to break personal and socially inherited karma. Part graphic novel, musical score, and head trip. It requires the reader surrender their imagination to a plot that is woven through a narrative that attempts to express a holistic way of viewing and communicating the past, present, and future as they exist in e ...more
R.Z.
A beautiful cover, an included CD, and pages and pages of pastel paintings couldn't make this a book worth reading. It was truely awful. I picked it up because I am a big fan of the magical realism often found in the South American literary tradition, but Esquivel just doesn't have it!
bookczuk
I must say that this really was unlike anything else I have ever read, but more because of the multimedia opportunities: straight-forward science fiction (ha!) graphic novel, poetry, arias and even an accompanying CD. Whoa!

A romance that covers a span of 14,000 past lives and a time period from Montezuma to the 23rd century-- and does it all in a plausible, manner. I'd just re-read Like Water For Chocolate and while on one hand the two novels seem so different, there is a similar touch of roman
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Lausº
I am not sure that is true, but when I bought it, they told me it was the first interactive novel. The fact is that in certain parts of the book are a series of illustrations (like a story-book) wich are complemented by a CD with opera and popular music.
The main character is Azucena and the story focuses on the search for their soul mate, with which it has been involved in their past lives since pre-Hispanic times.
I read it twice, the second time, I decided not to use the interactive parts and
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Hardly
After all the hype regarding Like Water for Chocolate, and in view of my deep interest in reincarnation in fiction, I had greatly anticipated this book. It had a compelling start, in detailing the karmic events set into motion with Rodrigo and Citlala, but the switch to the futuristic setting, with all its fantastical and foreign new technologies and philosophies, was too much far, far too soon.

Problems I identified were: poor, scanty characterization; almost total lack of blocking (description
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Robyn
Jul 23, 2013 Robyn added it
Shelves: audio, given-away, div-rep
I remember when this first came out I was so excited about it. The author was getting a lot of press at the time, and this book is made up of textual story, graphic representation of story, and an audio CD that contains music, which the reader is instructed to play while reading certain parts of the book. It's an interesting idea and from what I remember I did enjoy the book, but that was nearly 20 years ago and I've never re-read the book, so it's time for it to go to a new home.

Found an old "
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Kelly
I guess I am just not hip or open enough to this book. I didn't care for it. I felt as if Esquivel was pandering to the audience and trying to show us how cool she is to have illustrations and music and to write a book that doesn't fit into any one genre. Then I felt guilty for not liking the book (because I loved her Like Water for Chocolate so much) that I listened to it on audio after reading it. Nope, that didn't change my mind at all. I just think the entire story is bizarre. I guess it's h ...more
Michael
Mythic tale of love across the ages told from perspectives of reincarnated characters in Mexico City in 2200, 1985, and 1521. Too preachy about the karma of past transgressions and the concept of soulmates for my taste. Interesting music in a CD to be played on cue with the story and graphic art renderings of regression sequences. The sci fi on the main character's profession as an astroanalyst doing past-life regression work seems to glorify, rather than satirize, a current flaky practice. Yet, ...more
São Palma
Um livro engraçado, que se lê bem, mas, pelo menos neste momento, não acho que mereça mais de três estrelas . O que nem é mau :)
Ana
Emprestei-o e nunca mais o vi... curiosamente à mesma pessoa que me está a dever o Fernão Capelo Gaivota. Mas enfim, os livros são feitos para voar. Adorei o CD, especialmente as músicas tradicionais mexicanas. Não desfazendo no Puccinni, que aquela "Nessun Dorma" É qualquer coisa!
O livro em si tem algumas ideias curiosas que apreciei.
Lola
Everyone has heard some variation of the saying that goes there’s someone out there for everyone, that everyone has a soul mate. Now, imagine the future, to where your twin soul is not just known to exist, but traceable. You may enjoy your and share your love with your soul’s other half, but only after you have proven yourself worthy of such a reward by paying off karmic debts from 14,000 of your past lives. After completing the necessary requirements, and meeting your twin soul, imagine they a ...more
Judi
How to describe this book? Science Fiction? An adventure in a style somewhere between Tom Robbins and Douglas Adams? A mystical study in the likeness of a Jane Roberts Seth book?

This cosmic love story is all that and more. It starts in Montezuma's Mexico and quickly brings us to the 23rd century, a time when aura reading is scientific business and the government can create virtual realities from our deepest conscious thoughts - like memories from past lives. Acuzena is an astroanalyst which mea
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Silvana
A Lei do Amor é o primeiro livro que leio da escritora Laura Esquivel. A sinopse não releva quase nada, ou mesmo nada, daquilo que estas páginas guardam. Assim sendo, parti para a leitura com a mente aberta e alimentar qualquer tipo de expectativas porque não tinha a mínima ideia daquilo que ia encontrar.

A acção do livro passa-se no futuro. Um futuro cheio de tecnologias, onde existem novos planetas habitáveis. Azucena, Isabel, Rodrigo, Citlali, Cuquita e os Anjos-da-Guarda são as personagens qu
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Tien
It was such a novel idea to combine music with the story. The book came with a CD (unfortunately, as it was a library copy, the CD was not with the book when I borrowed it) and throughout the story, the reader is prompted to listen to certain track. I was, however, happy that there was a list of the CD tracks at the back at the book and I mostly listen to the music (not exactly the same but it will do) on youtube.

A totally magical realistic book set in a 'dystopian' era, it was truly interesting
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Robert
Laura Esquivez is like a Mexican Kurt Vonnegut. This novel is an entertaining, if not an easy read. Set primarily in the distant future, it is the story of Azucena, an old soul who finally connects with her soul mate only to lose him immediately. She must unravel a complicated past of confusing past lives to restore the Aztec Law of Love and the temple that holds it before she can again know the bliss of perfect love. At times hilarious, the original book was published with an accompanying CD th ...more
liz
Past lives... whoa! Very cool, New-Agey, romantic (even if you don't agree with all of it), and features full-color drawings of the past-life regressions. And yes, the main character is a pain in the ass (why must that be a recurring theme in the books I've been reading lately?).

To know how to produce a work of art is to know how to discard the extraneous. All creation follows the same process. In the maternal womb, the cells themselves know what to discard; some sacrifice themselves so that oth
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Lynne
I bought this book YEARS ago after reading Like Water for Chocolate (by the same author) and it sat on my shelf until I was ready to give it away unread. Well, I'm glad I read it. In this story, Esquivel follows a group of characters who find each other throughout several lifetimes and reincarnations. In this universe, karmic debt is paid over hundreds or thousands of years, but in the story's "present" individuals can learn about their past lives through regressing using pictures, sounds, music ...more
Liza
Mexican and Sci-Fi are not too genres I expect to overlap, but they do. The Law of Love is a unique book because of the genre and also because of the format. The written novel includes intermissions for songs on the included CD and sections of illustrations. This uniqueness intrigued me throughout the novel. I loved actually hearing a song that deeply moved a character rather than simply reading that he/she was moved by music. The plot itself is also unique, blending Mayan, Catholic, and Eastern ...more
Sílvia Mourão
Foi o terceiro livro dela que li e acabei por ficar bastante desiludida. Depois de ler o "Como água para chocolate" e, principalmente, "Tão veloz como o desejo", senti que este deixa muito a desejar e acabei por não gostar tanto do enredo.
Mari
the first multi media book that LAura esquivel has written. she is also the author of Like Water For Chocolate. This is a sci-fi love story. It is filled with the past from the days of the conquistadores and travels all the future where it is not only planet earth that is inhabited, but also the other planets in our solar system. There is a spaceship that brings entertainment to the planets that are considered "low status" and there are televirtual sets that bring the news and environment right ...more
Rene Spector Johnson
favorite quote:

Sometimes you have to do violence to matter in order to reveal its beauty. The blows of a chisel convert to a block of marble into a masterpiece. We must know how to strike without pity, without remorse, without fear of discarding the bits of stone that stand in the way of its splendor. To know how to produce a work of art is to know how to discard the extraneous. All creation follows the same process. In the maternal womb, the cells themselves know what to discard; some sacrifice
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Histteach24
I'm still confused. I think this book started as a creative idea but the plot was predictable and too out of this world. I enjoyed the morality and the beautiful way she wrote but the characters were confusing and difficult to follow. I would have enjoyed it more if the story in the beginning was expanded to become the entire book rather than become mystical. I had a library book so I did not have the cd to listen to- maybe that would have made it more enjoyable. Loved the multiple-media idea. R ...more
BJ Rose
Is this meant to be science-fiction? Or is it a tongue-in-cheek spoof of every aspect of life the author could toss in? The fact that I still don't know after finishing it tells me that whatever the author meant it to be, it missed completely with me. Reincarnation over centuries until you get life right - I'm OK with that. A man having to be reincarnated as a woman so 'he' can experience rape from her perspective - I'm fine with that. Because fetuses 'created' in a lab become bodies without sou ...more
T
Futuristic Mexican Snow White tale seemingly written by four different people.

1. The characters, plot and romance written by a fourteen year old girl.
2. The action, humor, futuristic technology, and all convenient explanations written by a ten year old boy.
3. The many existential lectures written by a woman in her thirties who just returned from a Love and
Happiness After Divorce seminar.
4. Chapter One written by Ms. Esquivel.

One and a half stars. The only thing I liked about it was figurin
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CatarinaG
Um dos livros mais intrigantes que já me foram dados a ler...
O texto é intercalado com pequenas pranchas de banda desenhada de um dos meus ilustradores preferidos (Miguelanxo Prado) e vem também acompanhado por um CD com umas músicas que devem ser escutadas em determinados momentos. Foram, aliás, estas peculiaridades que mo levaram a experimentar...
Não me apaixonei por ele à primeira mas fiz questão de o levar até ao fim apenas por teimosia, para ver "onde aquilo ia dar"...
Só posso confessar qu
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Alex Hagane
One of the most rare, bizarre, wtf? experiences Id have while reading, but I really enjoyed the music so there is that
Ed
As much as I wanted to really love this book, it was good, but not great. The so called multi-media format sounded good, but just didn't work well for me. I found the music CD good for sleeping.

The story had a lot of potential, but at times I found myself trying to follow along with difficulty. Her writing style jumped around and made the plot difficult to follow. I found myself putting the book down several times and coming back to it a few days later, making me to reread sections. Despite the
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