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review 2014-09-02 03:26
Like Water for Chocolate
Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel,Carol Christensen,Thomas Christensen

I read this ages and ages ago and all I really remembered from it was something about Tita's sister having a very unfortunate digestive condition and a volcano.  The title was mentioned during the UK bookaday thing we did back in July, so when I stumbled across a hardcover copy in a UBS, I thought "I should read this again".

 

I cracked it open on Sunday and found it to be a very well-written story with heaps more to it than I remembered.  Like how evil Tita's mother was, Nacha's guiding hand, Gertrudis' rebellion, and John's nice-guy role.  I didn't remember how complex things got between Tita and Pedro either.  As for the ending - my late-teen-early-20's self totally misunderstood that ending; a serious mental re-drawing of the final scene was in order, as no volcanos were actually involved.

 

I enjoyed this story very much; I think the author did a beautiful job of creating characters that wildly judged each other without actually judging them herself.  Vividly written with a strong sense of culture and time, it's easily a book I'll pick up again and again.  Even without the volcano.

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