Like Water for Chocolate
The number one bestseller in Mexico and America for almost two years, and subsequently a bestseller around the world, Like Water For Chocolate is a romantic, poignant tale, touched with moments of magic, graphic earthiness, bittersweet wit—and recipes.
A sumptuous feast of a novel, it relates the bizarre history of the all-female De La Garza family. Tita, the youngest d
Like Water for Chocolate is a popular novel, published in 1989 by Mexican novelist and screenwriter Laura Esquivel.
The novel follows the story of a young girl named Tita, who longs for her lover, Pedro, but can never have him because of her mother's upholding of the family tradition: the youngest daughter cannot marry, but instead must take care of her mother until she dies.
Tita is only able to express herself when she coo ...more
this was my final selection for the readventurer challenge. i read them alphabetically, based on the suggester's first name, for arbitrary fairness.
it is strange that i have never read this book, as it is magical realism, doomed love story, and about food, all of which are interests of mine.
here is a quick story that has nothing to do with the book, and i am going to put it in a spoi ...more
Tita, the youngest daughter of overbearing Mama Elena, has to give up the hope of ever marrying. It will be her duty to take care of her mother in old age. This becomes a big problem when she meets Pedro. When Pedro learns of Tita's duty to her mother and impossibility of future marriage, he agrees to marry Tita's sister, just so he can be closer to Tita. This sets in motion this fable of unrequited love that is the thread through ...more
In a nutshell, Tita is the youngest of three girls. They live on t ...more
(Class discussions surrounding this book also bothered me - not only were we forced to read bad literature, we were forced to analyse it for meaningful content.)
The characters were not at all developed successfully; no motivations e ...more
There is, however, an alliterative line of such chutzpah that she sells sea shells by the sea shore is made to seem positively prosaic. Here it is, verbatim: "Unquestionably, when it came to dividing, dismantling, dismembering, desolating, detaching, dispossessing, destroying or dominating, Mama Elena was a pro".
3.5, rounded up to 4 ...more
Tita is the youngest and she falls in love with Pedro. They are electric together - passion. Tita also cooks. Each chapter is a recipe for ...more
Laura Esquivel's debut novel focuses on a Mexican family at the turn of the 20th century. The heroine Tita is the youngest daughter in her family and according to her family tradition is not allowed to marry. Rather she is supposed ...more
I bought this rather short read a few years back, and now I've finally read it, it does beg the question, why have I only just got to it now? Well, the answer to that is simple. There are vast amounts of unread books in every nook and cranny in my home, and Like Water for Chocolate, admittedly got forgotten ab ...more
For the first quarter of the book - which I read quickly - I found the tone and the magic realism quite twee, in a way that reminded me a lot of 100 Years of Solitude, or rather my perception of it nearly 25 years ago. I was wondering what was wrong with me that I found this twee and unpalatably artificial, yet I loved a collection of Russian fairy tales I've been dipping into over the last couple of weeks. But something clicked, and I soon, at ...more
Fuck. My heart is beating hard these days. Poor Tita makes it beat harder. A beautiful sad story of forbidden love and orgasmic passion, Tita and Pedro's tale is the hope that love IS enough after all. At that life is worth living...
Three stars for the book in general, plus one because I'm feeling so "in love" these days. ...more
1. Take one book
2. Add a few sumptuous recipes
3. Infuse with touches of magic realism
4. Add a heap full of fragrant flavours
5. Pour in a cupful of earthy, human emotion
6. Mix in a healthy dose of unresolved lust, tension and heated gazes
Pour in a bowl, mix them all together and watch as the perfect love story unfolds. Allow it to simmer, heat and send your system into ...more
Like Water for Chocolate tells us the story of Tita and her family. Her falling in love and then a heartbreak because of a stupid family tradition. But at the heart it is story of Tita and her love affair with cooking. How she finds solace in food and ho ...more
The story takes place in Mexico just before the start of the Revolution. In the De la Garza ranch, tyrannical owner, Mama Elena has decided that Tita, her younger daughter will never married, remaining single to take care of her in her old age. Tita, who grows up to be a master chef, has only food and cooking to express herself.
Soon, Tita's relationship with food is such, her feelings soon seep into what she cooks invadin ...more
The first one is Melodrama. Whenever I see a "love at first sight" plot, I start to judge. In many cases I have been patient with the book and it has satisfied me, but not this time. This is a melodramatic love story where I have a very hard time to see any reason for the protagonist to keep lov ...more
Esquivel's novel written in Magic Realism style, tells us the story of de ...more
That's why here I am writing one, two months after I've actually read the book.
It was an amazing story, truly one of a kind. I'm not a big fan of magical realism, it's very hard to find books with magical realism that will go down well for me, but Like Water for Cho ...more
Am not a fan of 'Magical Realism ' genre.
Still I enjoyed reading this short book oozing with the absurd as things were piling up thickly one above the other.
Added to it, the book started.with food. Food never fails to captivate me.
The weird story of a delinquent family, highly matriarchal - an old witch of a mother, three sisters, the elder Sister marrying the lover of the youngest at the mother's bequest and living in the same house , and the middle Sister running off naked with a re ...more
UPDATE: Sept 2013
On her death, Tita’s recipe book falls to her grandniece, who then relates the story of her extraordinary relative. The novel takes place in the early 1900s on a ranch in northern Mexico, near the Texas border. The youngest of three sisters, Tita is destined from birth to stay at home to care for her mother, denied the option of love and marriage and her own family. But her attraction to the son of a neighbor rancher, Pedro, will not be so easily dismissed.
The poe ...more
This is filled to the brim with magical real ...more
I went into this book assuming that it was only about magical realism,but this book was full of surprises; I had expected there to be magic in the book,but magic,romance and food? For a person like me who loves cooking,this book couldn't have been more perfect! The best thing about this book is that every chapter starts with a recipe, which is also connected to the events taking p ...more
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