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Swift as Desire

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,961 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews
As the millions of fans of Like Water for Chocolate know, Laura Esquivel is a romanticist whose novels explore the power of love and the truths of the human heart. She returns to those themes in Swift as Desire, the story of a loving and passionate man who has the gift of bringing happiness to everyone except his own wife.

The hero of this novel is Júbilo Chi, a telegraph o
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Anchor (first published 2001)
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GateGypsy
There were some really interesting turns of phrase in this book. I really admire when a translation can be melodic, poetic, and powerful.

Many people have said that this book isn't as good as "Like Water for Chocolate," but I don't care to make a comparison. I liked this book. That's enough for me.

I think one thing about this book that threw me for a loop, though, was the part where Jùblio's grandmother, Itzel (a Mexican of Mayan descent), forms a dislike for her daughter-in-law based on the fact
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Célia Loureiro
Tão Veloz como o Desejo é tão bom ou melhor do que o Como Água para Chocolate. Tem o seu surrealismo intrínseco. As personagens são inesquecíveis. Júbilo domina o código Morse e trabalha numa estação de telégrafo, onde passa mensagens convenientemente manipuladas. Júbilo tem um dom: o que percepcionar o mundo ao redor com uma clareza só sua. Deste modo, aplica a sua sensibilidade a favor do bem dos outros. É desprendido e benevolente, tem um espírito muito próprio que, de início estranhei, e dep ...more
Teresa
Sep 26, 2009 Teresa rated it really liked it
My favorite passage: "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. . . . Millions and millions of presences of beings that have lived on Earth are in that dust. Floating there are the remains of Quetzalcoatl, Buddha, Gandhi, Christ".
Sandy
I just need to keep reminding myself that not everything is as wonderful as Like Water For Chocolate. But this book does have that same sort of magical realism that Chocolate had, and it did have many beautiful passages. I especially loved the beginning of Chapter 4, where we learn that "Love is a verb."

This is a tragic story of love and loss that will probably please most. It's not perfect, and it's not brilliant, and it's not Chocolate, but it's easily better than average.
Nina
Apr 20, 2010 Nina rated it really liked it
Many said that the other books that Esquivel wrote weren’t that great as ‘Water for Chocolate’. I have to agree that the first was the best, but isn’t that always the case. When you adore the first the others are just … okay. I didn’t had high hopes for this one, but when I started it everything changed.

Jubilo is such a great character, he doesn’t care about money or material things. I loved that when he gives a present it’s not a expensive gift, but a gift from the heart. Isn’t that the way it
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Isabel Maia
Júbilo vem ao mundo num clima de alegria e desde cedo revela um dom para harmonizar os desavindos ao entender os sinais e vibrações que cada um emite. Para dar uso a esse dom, torna-se telegrafista numa época onde o telégrafo era o único meio de comunicação existente. A felicidade de Júbilo atinge o seu expoente máximo quando conhece Lucha, os dois casam-se e dá-se a chegada dos filhos. Mas com o tempo e os acontecimentos, nomeadamente uma infeliz tragédia, a relação dos dois deteriora-se de tal ...more
Rebeccahowden
Apr 30, 2012 Rebeccahowden rated it liked it
Jubilo has two great gifts: “he was good at communicating and at loving Lucha.” As a child he uses his gift for communication to change the messages he is translating between his two warring grandmothers, using simple language tweaks to improve their relationship. Growing up to become a telegraph worker, he plays similar tricks, using his special sensitivity to try to make the world as joyful as he is. And his life is overflowing with the joy of love: "Lucha swayed her hips gently, but with Jubi ...more
Ana Filipa
Rendi-me a este livro, pela simples razão de que, à medida que avançava na sua leitura, já me tinha dado uma pequena razão para eu tirar uma lição dele, e no final conseguiu-me derreter por completo.

Uma das lições que podemos apreender deste livro, e a que primeiramente me captou a atenção, é que o dinheiro não é tudo na vida. Lucha, menina criada numa família rica, vê-se incapacitada de comprar tudo aquilo que quer após o seu casamento com Júbilo. A vida a dois implica terem que fazer gastos no
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Cocodras
Sep 13, 2015 Cocodras rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: méxico
Me ha encantado. No quiero compararlo con Como agua para chocolate porque lo leí hace mucho tiempo y no recuerdo detalles suficientes para hacerlo, pero sí me costó meterme en la historia más que con esa primera lectura de Laura Esquivel. Sin embargo, tiene el mismo encanto, con ese ambiente lleno de magia y amor sin resultar empalagoso.
Yasamin
At first, I thought this book was descriptive and interesting. Around the beginning middle section I was slightly uninterested because I was expecting a different account of Júbilo and more of how he uses his gift. However, the book became more and more interesting and I found it difficult to put it down.

The last few pages or so were absolutely beautiful in their description of losing the ones we love and dealing with their death.

I also thought Esquivel was accurate and very honest about Love
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Maria
Sep 26, 2014 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprestado
Um leitura fácil e agradável mas que não me prendeu muito. Uma história de amor, como tantas outras, em que a vida não tão cor de rosa como se imagina que irá ser e em que as vicissitudes da vida deixam marcas que nem o tempo apaga
Minerva
Aug 07, 2012 Minerva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bello! Sobretodo si eres hija y valoras la relación con tu padre, o si eres padre y tu hija es un ser especial para ti. Una hermosa novela sobre un telegrafista y su labor como tal, sobre un amor desenfrenado y mágico, pero con dificultades intensas y muy terrenales, y sobre como el "progreso" hace olvidar las enseñasnzas de los pueblos ancestrales.

Lo empezé a leer con bajas expectativas, la verdad; pero lo terminé tan emocionada que hasta un par de lágrimas se asomaron al final.

Me encantó!
Giulia
Sep 27, 2015 Giulia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Al di là del viscerale amore che nutro nei riguardi della letteratura e degli autori ispanoamericani (primo tra tutti Gabo, Gabriel García Marquez, lo scrittore latino per antonomasia, almeno per quanto mi concerne, Angeles Mastretta, Isabel Allende, Marcela Serrano..) consiglio caldamente questo romanzo di Laura Esquivel: va proprio letto!
Mi ha coinvolta totalmente,anima e corpo, scaldandomi il cuore, trasmettendomi emozioni e trecentosessanta gradi, facendomi riflettere e lasciandomi un gran s
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Jana
Sep 21, 2015 Jana rated it liked it
Shelves: south, fiction
In a way typical female representative of the Originally Written In Spanish Language literature. There is plenty of love, lust, adoration, yearning – fight, hate, jealousy - family... It’s the type of books that I always learn something from, because language is always soothing and reassuring. But, before all,is rich and filled with compassionate life truth gems. Southern writers always have that quality.
Babs
Sep 21, 2015 Babs rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 3-star, read-2004
As a result of a rather lengthy delay this morning on the world's least favourite airline, I have now finished this book mere hours after starting to read it!

I read Like Water for Chocolate many years ago, and it is one of my favourite books, so I was really looking forward to reading this novel by Esquivel. However, I must admit I was a smidge disappointed by the writing and the story. Having read Love in the Time of Cholera earlier this year - which is set in similar surrounds, and is a simila
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Angie Silva
Mar 20, 2014 Angie Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simplemente encantador. Me enamoro cada vez más del modo de escritura de esta mujer. Con cuanta simplicidad nos muestra la verdad que se esconde en el deseo. Sus palabras hacen honor a la premisa de este libro, son unas conductoras de energía y han revitalizado mi amor por las historias reales.
Lausº
Nov 02, 2015 Lausº rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En este libro, conocemos la vida de Don Júbilo y su familia… Laura va saltando en la historia entre el pasado y el presente. En el presente, conocemos a Lluvia, la hija de Júbilo; que se dedica a cuidar a su padre enfermo y busca romper la barrera de comunicación que se ha levantado a causa de su enfermedad. Y en los capítulos del pasado… retomamos la vida de Júbilo desde pequeño, desde que su primer tarea como interprete fue la de ayudar a su madre y su abuela a entenderse… y sobre todo, compre ...more
Tim
Jan 25, 2014 Tim rated it it was amazing
I love this author! Her characters are dynamic and full of life. Esquivel's power of narrative, for this reader, is mesmerizing and comforting at the same time. I feel at home when I read her. Her passion and zest for life is evident in her characters. To me, her books are easily readable! This book is no different. If you like her style, as I do, you'll love this short novel. You'll fall in love with the characters. The protagonist reminds me of my father in that my dad had a curiosity for his ...more
Astrid Yrigollen
Nov 18, 2014 Astrid Yrigollen rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I had a hard time getting through this book. One , because at a certain point I just got fed up with being told over and over again how the main character could "hear" peoples innermost desires.The second thing was that the story wants you to believe that all the difficulties between the racist Mayan grandmother and her spanish daughter in law were magically cleared up because of a slight change of wording from a little boy.The narrative was quite dull but in all fairness while I at first liked ...more
Natalie
Feb 23, 2014 Natalie rated it liked it
It took me a long time to get into this one, but once I did, I found it a good read
Rui Carmo
Apr 19, 2015 Rui Carmo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best read in Spanish, and a lovely story (even given the downturns).
Sandra Peña Jiménez
Mar 30, 2015 Sandra Peña Jiménez rated it it was amazing
Es como casi todo lo que me gusta, breve e intenso.
D.A. Cairns
Jan 02, 2016 D.A. Cairns rated it it was amazing
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Maria Lopez
May 15, 2012 Maria Lopez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1.Summarize
This book was about a girl named lucha and a guy named jubilo that love so much since they were adolescents they though that they were going to be happy if they married but the girl was rich and the guy was poor they tough they were going to be happy but when they married everything change because they dont have money and the girl wants to buy everithing that was the major problem on their life.

2.author purpose
the author purpose is to learn that love is not everithing always that you
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Knjigomanijak
Sep 20, 2013 Knjigomanijak rated it it was amazing
U posljednje vrijeme pod ruku mi dolaze neke knjige koje odišu nostalgijom za prošlim vremenima, ali i knjige koje mi dotiču srce. Ovo je jedna od njih. Knjiga je to meksičke spisateljice Laure Esquivel, koju sam već imala prilike čitati. Naime ,njeno djelo„Kao voda za čokoladu“ me je oduševilo. Prema tom je djelu snimljen i istoimeni film.

Isti slučaj je i sa ovom knjigom koja govori o Jubilu i Luchi, naizgled običnom bračnom paru , koji se nose sa problemima svakodnevnog života. Jubilo je sirom
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Joanna
I wasn't much of a fan of Like Water for Chocolate, which I know puts me in the distinct minority. Still, since everyone loved that book so much, I thought I should give the author another chance. I don't know if it was the number of years that have passed since my previous encounter or the lovely reading of the cassette (yes, cassette) version of this book that I listened to, but I really enjoyed this one. The story of the simple lives of the narrator's parents tells of Mexican history, racial ...more
Renu Gharpure
Oct 14, 2015 Renu Gharpure rated it liked it
This book weaves the magical realism very naturally into the story, which I enjoyed. The focus was on the characters and not the everyday magic that occurred. I did not care for this translation, though--there were a few poetic moments but a lot of it felt choppy and halting. The story behind the translation is lovely. A moving, romantic, sad love story with colorful characters. It moves quickly. I would love to read the original!
Camille
Mar 01, 2014 Camille rated it liked it
I read this book for school. Yes, a romance novel like this was assigned to us in school. And honestly, I am glad that they did. This novel was not bad. I may see the whole plot as quite shallow, but not in a bad way. When I think about the story as a whole, it was quite short. But the author really knew how to put depth in it through her descriptiveness. So, yeah. Not bad.
Dragana Latinovic
Šta bi ste vi učinili kada biste mogli pročitati tajne koje kriju drugi ljudi. Upravo sa tim darom se rodio Jubilo. Od svog rođenja on je svoj dar koristio da rješi nesuglasice između njegove majke i bake. No njegov dar se nađe na ispitu kada se zaljubi u prelijepu i bogatu Luchu. Ako ste voljeli Kao voda za čokoladu Hitar kao žudnja ćete obožavati.
Joaquim Roque
Mar 20, 2015 Joaquim Roque rated it liked it
Bonito, simples, comovente, despretensioso...
" Se soubesse que o teu abraço terno me ampararia não teria demorado tanto a nascer."

" No fim de contas é isso que importa: que alguém perdure na memória graças ao poder transformador das suas palavras."
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A teacher by trade, Laura Esquivel gained international attention with Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies and The Law of Love. In both books she manages to incorporate her teaching abilities by giving her readers lessons about life. During an on-line Salon interview with Joan Smith, she said, "As a teacher I realize that what one lear ...more
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“[Words] cling to the very core of our memories and lie there in silence until a new desire reawakens them and recharges them with loving energy. That is one of the qualities of love that moves me most, their capacity for transmitting love. Like water, words are a wonderful conductor of energy. And the most powerful, transforming energy is the energy of love.” 101 likes
“Keeping secrets will always lead to unhappiness and communication is the key to love.” 18 likes
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