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Swift as Desire

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,311 Ratings  ·  181 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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Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Knopf Group E-Books (first published 2001)
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Vavita
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my type of book. I was expecting the magic of Like Water For Chocolate.
Laura Esquivel writes prose as it were poetry. It is musical. It flows and takes you away. The book was written wonderfully but it seemed to me that the story was only important to the writer only. Unfortunately, I didn't care about the characters in the book.
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
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.
Jess The Bookworm
This novel is a record of the love story of Jublio and Lucha. Jublio is a telegraph operator who prides himself of being able to sense the true meaning behind people's words when he is passing on a message or interpreting words. Lucha is a girl from a rich family, who falls hopelessly in love with Jublio and marries him, despite the fact does not have as much money as she is used to having, and she struggles with having to make ends meet every month.

Their passion for one another helps them to ma
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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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Araceli Rotaeche
Al inicio me agradó la novela. Un tanto por el mensaje alrededor de la comunicación asertiva y otro tanto por las costumbres y tradiciones mayas de su abuela Itzel.
Me gustó el personaje de Júbilo, su optimismo y actitud ante la vida.
Pero el estilo narrativo de Laura Esquivel me pareció muy plano y conforme avancé, la lectura me pareció tediosa.
Por fortuna, es una novela muy corta...
Teresa
Sep 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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".
Alonsita
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-reading
Ova me priča duboko dirnula i potakla me da se opet iznova zapitam cijenim li dovoljno ono što imam. Život je kratak, trebali bismo se na to podsjećati svaki dan iznova i živjeti otvorenih srca prema sebi i drugima.
Od sveg srca preporučam ovu divnu knjigu. <3
Aleman
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia contada en dos temporalidades distintas, la primera en presente, narrada en primera persona, y la segunda en pasado, narrada en tercera persona.

Aunque es una historia de amor, el protagonista es Júbilo y las personas que lo rodean, contando desde su nacimiento a su muerte.

Una trama triste, que te hace reflexionar acerca de que los factores externos siempre pueden dar "al traste" una relación amorosa independientemente de lo fuerte o intensa que ésta sea.
Al final como conclusión qued
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Sanja_Sanjalica
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Divna priča o važnosti riječi, komunikacije i povezanosti svih nas...i ljubavi, naravno...i smetnji u komunikaciji koja nepovratno mijenja živote.
"Po njegovu mišljenju, misli su bića koja se rađaju u trenutku kad ih netko pomisli. Sastoje se od valova energije i putuju prostorom, nevidljivi i nečujni...Jubilo je bio čvrsto uvjeren kako sve što se nalazi u svemiru, od najmanjeg cvijeta pa do najdalje galaksije, ima dušu, osjećaje, misli."
Erika Maria
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Un libro delicioso, no esperes como agua para chocolate, otro estilo de Esquível
Jenny
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nothing like Like Water for Chocolate. Trying to be deep but felt superficial.
Silvana (Por detrás das Palavras)
Tão veloz como o desejo é o segundo livro que leio da autora Laura Esquivel. Esta segunda experiência foi mais positiva do que a anterior. Apesar de não ter amado o livro, esta leitura conseguiu ser agradável e me deixar curiosa em relação aos acontecimentos.

É uma estória de leitura relativamente simples, porém está carregada de diferentes emoções.
Quanto à forma que a autora escolheu para nos contar os factos, posso dizer que foi relativamente confuso. Há partes da estória que são narradas na p
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Nina
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine, translated
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
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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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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Rebecca Thatcher-Murcia
It was fantastic to reconnect with the creativity and artistry of Laura Esquivel. I have fond memories of laboring through Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) with a dictionary open at all times (Can it actually be 34 years ago?). Tan Veloz como el Deseo (Swift as Desire) also has a character with magical powers but the focus of this story is the long love story between Lucha and Jubilo in the context of Mexican economic and political realities. It's beautiful and it's a page tur ...more
Minerva
Aug 07, 2012 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!
Jana
Jan 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cocodras
Sep 13, 2015 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.
Angie Silva
Mar 10, 2014 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.
Maria
Sep 22, 2014 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
Sílvia
Foi o primeiro livro que li desta autora e....adorei! Recomendo vivamente para quem nunca leu nada desta autora. É um bom começo.
Nayanika Bhatia
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It healed me. I connected deeply with Jubilo's character and felt my own heart begin to make recovery.
Мариша
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Като приказка е, смесена с малко мъдрост и с малко тъга ...
Maria Longley
It's a love story, the connection between people and things and what happens when sun spots and other disruptive elements come into play and separate us. Jubilo and Lucha have/had a connection that their daughter Lluvia is trying to decipher through the stories of their life.
Rbkesther
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laura Esquivel, siempre fiel a su estilo. No cabe duda que se ha vuelto de mis autoras favoritas. La forma en que retrata a nuestro país, al México viejo que se extraña simplemente es fantástico. Me encanta que Laura Esquivel siempre le dé tanta importancia a las emociones y en este caso a las palabras. Como psicóloga, como mujer y como lectora estoy encantada con su obra.
Judy
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.” 103 likes
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