This pretty much sums up Like Water for Chocolate (Book number 9) by L. Esquivel. As the title implies, like water for chocolate or como agua para chocolate in Mexican means passion – something hot and intense. The book takes this tone all throughout its sensual, sinful, and very soap opera plot.
Like Water for Chocolate related the story of Tita, a Mexican woman doomed to serve her Hitler of a mother for life and so this sentence prevents her from ever marrying and having children. The complications reach boiling point when Tita gets herself a boyfriend against family tradition and later, the boyfriend, Pedro, settles to marry her sister so he could get near Tita. From hereon, the book takes a story similar to the soap operas played every weekday afternoon on local TV. 😆 This is one of those books with a really ridiculous plot, in fact so ridiculous you just have to enjoy it.
Like Water for Chocolate deals with the concept of freedom, love, lust, envy, power, loyalty, wrath, and pride. It is pretty much the seven deadly sins kind now that I look back on it. But what is fantastic is that it is all wrapped up in easy reading whose main frame is “the secrets of love and life as revealed by the kitchen.” I loved its attack on truth too: “the simple truth is that it does not exists; it all depends on a person’s point of view.” Spot on.
The characters were also solid, all with their own personality and flair. I fell in love with the villain, Mama Elena. The woman was independent, headstrong, ruthless, and unswerving. She could very well be the sane version of Bellatrix Lestrange. 😛
In all, this book was a feast for the senses and a nibble for the heart and mind. Thank you KG for recommending this book. I am not particularly crazy about the magical realism bit and the outlandish plot but the aftertaste I got from Like Water for Chocolate was delicious.
On the photo: My copy of Like Water for Chocolate was a pasalubong (coming home treat) from My Man around three weeks ago. I edited the blasted photo to bits because I took it on my desk and it has taken a whole new level of
messiness busyness these days. 😉