Like Water for Chocolate

Esquivel, Laura. Like Water for Chocolate. Read by Kate Reading. Westminster, MD: Books on Tape, 1994.

Reason read: March is supposedly the best time to visit Mexico. Better go do it before there’s a wall between us!

Confessional: this is a reread. I already read it back in the 90s when it was first published. It’s such a short story I felt like reading it again.

In a word, sensuous. But, keep reading and other words will pop out: passionate, exotic, magical, romantic, mystical. The Boston Globe called it “deceptively simple” and I couldn’t agree more. The words flow off the page and into your brain effortlessly and yet they have the power to stick with you. [Case in point: Gertrudis catching fire and running naked through the yard only to be swept up by a man on horseback is a scene I have never forgotten.] But, to the plot: Tita is the youngest daughter and, by family tradition, must devote her life to caring for her mother for her entire life. She cannot wed, she cannot leave the home. Ever. Even when the love of Tita’s life proposes marriage she cannot accept. Instead she is forced to become the family cook, spending her days preparing meals for the rest of the family, including Tita’s true love who has married her sister. It onl;y gets more intriguing from there.

Lines to quote: whenever I listen to an audio book there often isn’t a good opportunity to find quotes. It’s rare that I’ll even remember the line later. Even rarer that I’ll find the page it was on. However, I liked this line so much I got the print version just so I could quote it properly. “Unquestionably, when it came to dividing, dismantling, dismembering, desolating, detaching, dispossessing, destroying, or dominating, Mama Elana was a pro” (p 97).

Author fact: Esquivel was a screenwriter first.

Book trivia: I think everyone has seen Like Water for Chocolate, the movie.

Nancy said: Nancy said Like Water for Chocolate was “charming.” (p 153).

BookLust Twist: from Book Lust in the chapter called “Mexican Fiction” (p 153).



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