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August 1, 2014

#FBF: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel


Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Women's Fiction | Fantasy | Random House Black Swan | 1989
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LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE by Laura Esquivel was such a decadent read. I didn't know what I was getting into, when my friend lent it to me, all he said that it's magical, passionate, romantic, and delicious. Curious I decided to read it not knowing that it'll be one of those books that will stay with me for a very long time. 

The story goes like this. Tita is the youngest in her family and tradition dictates that she doesn't marry and is delegated to take care of her mother until the day she dies. When her sister, Rosaura, comes home to get married, Tita unfortunately fell for sister's fiance, Pedro, and he in turn fell for her. Wrought with so much passion but tied to her duty to her family, Tita endured 22 years of loving Pedro from afar, cooking for him, his wife, and the rest of her family. All the while, Tita's family treats her like a slave and grinding her to a pulp. The magic lies in Tita's dishes, whoever consumes her food will feel Tita's mood while she was making the food but to the highest degree: lust, anger, sadness, even death. Some people fight with guns and swords, Tita fights with edible delights.

I love the magical realism of LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE and combined with family drama, forbidden love, and of course, food I found it impossible not to love the book. It's quite difficult not to get invested in Tita and Pedro's story and empathize with their rather tragic love story. There were times when Pedro got on my nerves because I found him weak while Tita had me loving and hating her at the same time. I love martyrs but let's face it, they're kinda frustrating too because they don't fight back the way we want them too. And of course, there's Tita's deplorable mother who is so intent with keeping up appearances that she forgot Tita's her daughter too. But regardless, I love the moral dilemma and the sense of duty imposed on all of the characters. There's a lot of contradictions in the story which made LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE colorful and deep. You'd think that the conflict-resolution is black and white but once you get to know Tita and the rest of her family, you'd soon realize that it's one effed up gray area. 

LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE was also adapted into film later on, the trailer below is my favorite part in the book and had me researching edible roses! With a simple dish, Tita waged war with her sister, made Pedro fall in love with her, and gotten a bit of revenge on her mother. I have no words to describe how amazing this novel is, you just have to experience it for yourself.










33 comments:

  1. Love the books that challenge our sense of black and white and realize there are SO many shades of gray in the middle

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    1. That's real life, even with the magic elements, real life is one big gray area.

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  2. This does sound like a very powerful, albeit frustrating, story. I think I remember a movie?
    Thanks for the review!

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    1. You're welcome! One of my guilty pleasures is latin american themed books, it has a certain flavor that I love.

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  3. I saw the movie but I bet the book was better. I keep meaning to read it.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. Oh you read this too? Cool! That's why you and I get along LOL

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  5. This sounds wonderful! I have seen good things about this in the past, it definitely makes me want to try it. I love reads that challenge everything we know or thought we did.

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    1. I hope you get to try it, it's a modern classic and it's unlike any books I've read. Close comparison would be Sarah Addison

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  6. I haven't seen this one before but it sounds delightful. I adore magical realism books so I will be checking my library for this one.

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    1. Let me know what you think of it in case I miss it on your blog :)

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  7. This is totally new to me, but I love magical realism and gads I feel sorry for poor Tia.

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    1. Oh yes, her character will really get you invested and protective. She does get them back in the end and the how was something else.

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  8. I had to watch the movie for one of my college Spanish classes; OMG, Tita's mother was such a b*tch! I didn't like Tita's one sister, either- Rosaura, I think? It's been a long time since I saw it, lol.

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    1. Yes, Tita's mom was a Witch spelled with a B. Everyone's stuck to their own thing, nobody's budging and poor Tita is caught in the middle.

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  9. I've never heard of this movie or book o_o

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    1. That's understandable, this is a really old book

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  10. wow, I love books like this that give you so much magic and family drama. Love the review and that trailer was just....awesome :)

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    1. I hope you watch the movie at least that is if you don't mind reading the subtitles

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  11. I didn't know about this one, but it sounds powerful and I want to read it. Thanks, Braine!

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    1. You're welcome, I hope you find the time to read this, it's really good.

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  12. I really enjoyed this movie!! And now looks like I need to read the book :)
    Thank you Braine!

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    1. you've seen this?! So glad I'm not the only one!

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  13. Oh I didn't know the book nor the movie but it's intriguing. I wouldn't have been attracted because of the cover but I think I'm too superficial lol. In any case I think I'll try the movie before. thanks!

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    1. This is the original cover I think, they've revamped it since so maybe the more recent cover art will appeal to you

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  14. Definitely a different book from the ones I read but it does sound interesting.

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    1. You gotta switch it up once in a while ;)

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  15. I knew this sounded familiar. I haven't watched the movie, but I've heard about it. I'm s intrigued now!

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  16. This is a book I always meant to read. Now I'm going to have to. :)

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