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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
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Feb 18, 2008

it was ok
Read in February, 2008

Conceptually, I loved this book. Who can resist a story that is artfully blended with delicious recipes, and even includes the full recipe at each new chapter? I would like to give it the benefit of the doubt and suppose that I read a bad translation (the book is originally in Spanish) but no...I think it's a great concept destroyed by ugly writing.

It took two days to finish, and would have taken less but I only read it in short snatches of down time over a weekend. The language was simple, not in an enjoyable way, but in the same way the first Harry Potter book is simple - it reads like it is written for 9 year olds. Except for the sex. When the book isn't blending cooking with a Cinderella-like drama it's reducing itself to grocery store pulp. Where flowery language would have suited a particularly tender or dramatic moment, it only seems to come out to describe escalating orgasms and popping bodice buttons.
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