Like Water to Chocolate (Laura Esquivel)
First things first… don’t you hate when they publish book with a movie tie-in cover? I do. Normally I wouldn’t buy a book like in that edition, but I had always wanted to read this one and I knew that if I let it pass me by I’d forget about it.
One word about it: delightful. If you like me are a fan of magic realism, if you spent hours and hours reading and re-reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ books or are a fan of Isabelle Allende… than this one is for you.
The lovely Tita cannot married her lover because her powerful mother wants her to upheld the family tradition of the youngest daughter looking after the parents in their old age, so he marries her sister to be near her… well… it’s all a big family mess from here, with humour, a huge amount of food, strong women and weak men, magic and mystery in Mexico at the time of Pancho Villa.
(my favourite chocolate)
The story keeps you, the language entertaines you, the words will leave you hungry and the characters captivates you. Each chapter begins with a recipe because a lot of the ‘magic’ element of the story is tied to the art of cooking ,eating and feeding.
A really gorgeous little book.
I haven’t seen the movie so I can’t comment on that, has anyone seen it?
2018 Mr Hanckock and the mermaid
2017 – Magari domain resto (Lorenzo Maroni)
2016 – Upstream (Mary Oliver)
2014 – Annihilation (Jeff VanderMeer)
2013 – Careless people (Sarah Churchwell)
2012 – Wonder
2011 – The Paris Wife (Paula McLain)
2009 – Let the great world spin (Colum McCann)
2008 – The White Tiger (Aravind Adiga)
2005 – Never let me go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
2002 – Everything is illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer)
2001 – American Gods (Nail Gainman)
2000 – Coram Boy (Jamila Gavin)
1997 – Paradise (Toni Morrison)
1996 – Wilfred and Eileen (Jonathan Smith)
1991- Regeneration (Pat Barker)
1989 – Like water to chocolate (Laura Esquivel)
1987 – Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami)
1985 – Oranges are not the only fruit (Jeanette Winterson)
1983 – Heartburn (Nora Ephron)
1982 – The colour purple (Alice Walker)
1979– The bloody chamber (Angela Carter)