Amanda’s review of Like Water for Chocolate
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Oct 03, 2011 10:27AM
I've not read this book, but I have vivid memories of the movie--a great food movie!
Oct 04, 2011 06:53PM
James wrote: "I've not read this book, but I have vivid memories of the movie--a great food movie!"
It's in my Netflix queue--now I'm just waiting for a Saturday without papers to grade so I can watch it! I can't imagine how it translates to film, so it will be interesting to see how they made it work.
Jun 27, 2012 07:19AM
I 1000% agree with your review! I actually kind of liked the book until the very ending where I just rolled my eyes and may have even given an out loud chuckle at the utter ridiculousness. I can't agree enough that she chose the wrong man. After reading other reviews, I'm glad I found someone who shares my opinion of the book. I chose it for my book club book and I am rather disappointed in my choice.
Jun 30, 2012 07:20AM
Janelle wrote: "I 1000% agree with your review! I actually kind of liked the book until the very ending where I just rolled my eyes and may have even given an out loud chuckle at the utter ridiculousness. I can't ..."
I was really enjoying it until the end (especially the food!) and was hopeful that Tita finally had her act together. Toward the end I was like the person in the movie theater giving advice to the character on screen, "No, no, no! Don't do that. You're better than that! Have you learned nothing?" Alas, she did not heed my warning. Glad you enjoyed the review!
Jun 04, 2013 06:49AM
I read this when it came out in 1992, and I was completely enchanted by it, but maybe that was because it was the first Latin American magical realism category book I had ever read. For me, this book opened the door to Isabel Allende and others, so I have a real fondness for it despite its failings. (It also had the advantage of being short.) ( And it was about food - another advantage.) I have never seen the movie (at least I cannot remember seeing the movie), so I am excited to hear it is on Netflix. I just watched "Margin Call" so "LWFC" woudl be a great counter-balance movie!
Jun 04, 2013 08:04AM
Lormac wrote: "I read this when it came out in 1992, and I was completely enchanted by it, but maybe that was because it was the first Latin American magical realism category book I had ever read. For me, this b..."
I did enjoy it, but, like you, I think my heart was won over by my first experience with magical realism, which was Allende's
House of the Spirits
. That's the standard by which I judge all magical realism and, because of the nostalgia I feel for the book, everything else falls just a little short of it. But the food here, God, the food. I was perpetually hungry while reading!
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