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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
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Dec 16, 2007

it was ok

When I first started reading this book, I expected to get hooked right away. I anticipated a mix of family recipes and the drama that comes along with it. Many people I've spoken to have told me it was a great book. Well, I would have to disagree. I felt the content was engaging, but the language wasn't as exciting. It was basically the story of a mother and a daughter and their struggles as a family. The daughter falls in love with her sister's husband, which sounds pretty scandalous, but the way this was set up was a bit confusing. The daughter was the youngest, so she was not allowed to marry because she had to stay home with her mother to take care of her when she got old. This love affair was almost like revenge on her entire family for her having to be the youngest and not able to experience the supposed joy that they would. Again, all of this makes it sound like a great book, but I never could get into it. The recipes were an interesting touch to the story, but they seemed to disrupt the flow. There were parts where I got really into the book, and then randomly it would say "place the rose petals around the chicken" or something like that. Overall I felt the story was interesting, but too slow moving. Other people who have read it think it's a great book, so if you're in the mood for a scandalous story I would recommend this, but be prepared for some cooking tips along the way.
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Taylor Except for the fact that Tita was with Pedro before he married her sister. He went to titas mother to ask for titas hand in marriage and her mother said no, but that he could marry the sister instead. He said yes so he would still be close to Tita.


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