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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
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Jan 20, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: books-i-loved
Recommended for: Lovers of love, magic, and food.

Like food for your romantic soul. I wanted to cry out of sheer joy and sadness at the completion of this novel. This is anything but a circular story. Unlike One-Hundred Years of Solitude, House of Spirits, or Kiss of the Spider Woman, this ending is one for the lovers of love. The story of Tita pulls you in so many emotional directions... love, hate, lust, creation, depression, conflicted desire, abandonment, depletion, deception, passion, love. For once, there is a main, female character that I enjoy. She is strong, but full of complication. Half way through the story, you lose sight of what you want for her. This is a good thing in the sense that you become connected to Tita, you take on her conflicts; when Tita is unsure, you are unsure. Like Water for Chocolate is complete with a wonderful cast of characters who help, hinder, enrage, soothe, and enflame Tita as she, having been denied the one and only thing she ever asks for, pushes though her suffering to her divine path.
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