Youngest daughter Tita’s life was destined for heartbreak thanks to a mother who refuses to let her marry. Half narrative, half cookbook, Tita’s story is about love, loss, and everything in between.
I had to read this book for my Women and Literature class, and I’m so glad it was on the syllabus because otherwise I probably never would have read it. While it is outside my normal reading comfort zone, I did enjoy the different writing style and the culture that was represented.
Like Water for Chocolate is a part of the magic realism genre, which is similar to the paranormal YA genre. It is a translated book, and while the translation is really well done, you can hear the original language in the way the sentences are formed. The culture shines through the language and also through the use of traditional recipes and remedies. Every chapter I found myself wanting to learn how to cook just so I could try out one of the delicious sounding recipes. It’s definitely a book you do not want to read on an empty stomach.
The characters sometimes felt as if they were fleshed out and other times felt like they were characters from a fairy tale. They face some very real issues including abuse, rape, suicide, and some pretty horrific ways of dying, but it’s all told in such a straight forward and non-emotional way that sometimes you can hardly believe that the horrible thing happened. This made it difficult for me to form any real connection with the characters or the events, but despite this I still enjoyed the book for its literary merits.
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recommended to fans of food and different cultures
not recommended to those who don’t like to stray from their YA bubble
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“Esquivel uses some interesting and very unique methods to help the reader look into the life of one crazy family and I think her techniques are something to be appreciated.” –Christa @ Hooked on Books