Like Water for Chocolate – Magical Realism at its best! 18


My heart is flying with fluttering magical wings!

Iโ€™m SO ELATED I may never come back to earth!

Five elating stars!

About the Book

Like Water For Chocolate

[Public Library Hardcover]

Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

The number one bestseller in Mexico and America for almost two years, and subsequently a bestseller around the world, Like Water For Chocolate is a romantic, poignant tale, touched with moments of magic, graphic earthiness, bittersweet wit – and recipes.

A sumptuous feast of a novel, it relates the bizarre history of the all-female De La Garza family. Tita, the youngest daughter of the house, has been forbidden to marry, condemned by Mexican tradition to look after her mother until she dies. But Tita falls in love with Pedro, and he is seduced by the magical food she cooks. In desperation, Pedro marries her sister Rosaura so that he can stay close to her, so that Tita and Pedro are forced to circle each other in unconsummated passion. Only a freakish chain of tragedies, bad luck and fate finally reunite them against all the odds.

Review

I need help. I’m so love-struck right now that all I can do is babble. This book was so breathtakingly magical and beautiful and brilliant! I can’t speak or write coherently!

Where do I start with this little piece of heaven?

OK, Letโ€™s start with the characters. They could not be more realistic if this was a memoir and, at the same time, so whimsical and magical

Like the story! Magical Realism at it’s best! So freaking awesome! This is what I was talking about when I said I liked Magical Realism! OH SO WHIMSICAL and fantastic and well..o. MAGICAL! ๐Ÿ™‚

And this is NOT an unicorns and rainbows cutesy story!

If you are not used to Latin American literature, you may find it very  raw, cruel and primitive [like Things We Lost in the Fire] but it is a spot on representation of the life style and culture of those times and the political atmosphere. But it’s still written so beautifully that you will think you are indeed reading unicorns and rainbows story!

Because there is a beautiful love story in this book. That’s for sure. One that transcends time and overcomes all obstacles. And that is so deliciously inappropriate. So sinful! That I canโ€™t! I canโ€™t even!

Tita arrives to this world is such a magical way [I wonโ€™t spoil it for you but you! but HAVE to read this!] And then her Cinderella story stars, her selfish, egotistical and manipulator of a mother (omg I HATE her)  treats her like crap and you can help but root for her. Think of a female Mexican Harry Potter! ๐Ÿ™‚

And their rural life is just soooooo marvelous!

And Iโ€™m such a sucker for culturally diverse tales about family traditions and food!

My family used to own a ranch where we used to go on vacation and I have always being in love with ranch life, the vast openness of space where I could ride a horse for miles, the  smells and colors of the open country, the recipes handed down by generations, the methods of cooking without using modern appliances… so nostalgic!

There is so much delicious food in this book and fantastic home remedies for all kinda aliments from a rash to a heartbreak! ๐Ÿ™‚

Reading the book feels like your grandma told you an old story while you two sat in the porch to watch the sunset and listen to a bugs concert, sipping the hot chocolate she made from scratch. (And by scratch I mean from toasting three different kinda of sour American chocolate grains and grind them and simmer them in water or milk!). A love story about a sweet but strong girl, raised by her family’s ranch cook, that became such a good cook her food magically transferred her emotions to the people who eat them!

And you fall in love with the chocolate and the story because they are both one and the same: rich, natural, comforting, and sweet so freaking sweet!

Strong female characters, family heritage, civil war, revolution, ghosts, afterlife, romance, sins… So what is not to love???

I hope you read this book!

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