Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel | Review

Like water for chocolate 
by Laura Esquivel

 The Novel follows the story of a young girl named Tita who longs her entire life to marry her lover, Pedro, but can never have him because of her mother’s upholding of the family tradition of the youngest daughter not marrying but taking care of her mother until the day she dies. Tita is only able to express herself when she cooks.
My thoughts: To be honest, this isn’t a book that I would pick up. This is the text that I had to read for English this term and I ended up enjoying it. The novel was very fast paced, which made it hard for me to put down. I definitely loved how the novel was structured. There are twelve chapters, all corresponding to twelve months, staring from January and ending in December. Though the story itself is spread out through decades.  This is the first book I’ve read that uses magic realism Magic realism is a narrative technique that blurs reality and fantasy. It is always serious, this allows Esquivel to convey the reality of the repression of women. The reader is transported into a cultural context, it allows them to see everything through the character’s eyes. I’d recommend knowing what magic realism is before starting this novel, otherwise it can be very confusing. Tita has a sixth sense about food. The kitchen is her own safe haven; cooking is how she shows emotion. It’s showed by using foreshadowing early on in the novel when she was being born on the kitchen table. This novel lets the reader explore different cultures and traditions. It’s very difficult to put this book down. Each chapter leaves you on the edge of your seat, What will happen next?  What I didn’t like about this novel was the character ‘Perdo’. Tita reciprocated his love for her yet the best plan he could think of was to marry Tita’s sister, Rosaura, to be close to her. I did enjoy the recipes in each chapter. Reading about how Tita prepared the meals really showed readers more about her character. It’s a very fast paced read, recommended for food lovers. There’s romance, death, forbidden love and cultural family traditions. 

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