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10/3/10 6:55 P

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Having had a few lust-ridden relationships, I am less starry-eyed (flamy-eyed?) about them. Too often, they do burst into flames, here today, gone tomorrow. But that's really beside the point here since it's a work of fantasy, and truly Pedro suits the "thrust" of the work much better, I will agree.
However, I do think it's unfortunate that discussions of men get so polarized. Hopefully our only choices are not "flaming" or "stable boring geezer." Then again, maybe they are - and that would be why I am single...heh heh!

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10/3/10 4:36 P

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LOTUS and SARA: I disagree with you both. I love that she chose lust-ridden Pedro. Why not? I love lust more than I love consistency. Anyway, Dr. John didn't really love her for herself. SHE was also lust-ridden.

...and more power to her, in my opinion! Damn...to burst into flames like that....

I would choose any man that could burst into flames from sheer passion over some stable, boring geezer.

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10/3/10 12:29 P

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I have to agree with you about the Pedro thing, LOTUS...for a while I thought it was going to turn the other way. I'm not a big fan of romances either, especially not goopy bodice-rippers... emoticon

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10/3/10 12:16 P

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I enjoyed the book - I liked the folklore/fairytale style of it. However, I didn't like the fact that Pedro was all lust and she chose that over Dr John who loved her more for her abilities... but then that's why I generally don't read romances. I liked the play with time towards the end... with the wedding. A very good read.

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9/20/10 8:27 P

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I really enjoyed the book, too. So glad that everyone liked it!

DI: sorry to hear that you can't get Atwood. She's a very famous Canadian author. I'm surprised to hear it!

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9/20/10 8:25 P

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Well, the October book is not available on kindle (or available at all, new, it seems)...So I might be skipping ahead to November! Enjoy, everyone!

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9/20/10 8:50 A

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Finished the book a few days ago. I had not read it before and enjoyed the poetry, the magic of it, and the amusing relationships. Putting her emotions into her cooking was an interesting twist, and then watching the results...with the world and people around her expressing things she could not...well I found that part thought provoking. My life has taken a turn for the hectic...but I will try to pop on here when I can! Haven't seen if the new book is on kindle yet....I'll check that out, too.

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9/19/10 12:52 P

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Loved the book, couldn't put it down! I should have written about it at the time...now I am into preparing a presentation, but want to get back to it & maybe write something. Very interesting relationships - and the psychological history of Tita's mom was a cool surprise! I also wondered if the recipes are doable - might try a few of them!
One associates "magical realism" with Gabriel Garcia Marquez - but I have never been able to read him with enjoyment. I thought this book was much better & enjoyed its poetic/fantastic excursions into the stratosphere...

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9/19/10 12:42 P

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emoticon Just finished the book. I enjoyed the use of imagination, especially in Tita's cooking. Wow! I started thinking about experimenting in my own kitchen! Maybe there is more than one way to fix a familiar dish.

I also enjoyed seeing life from Tita's point of view. She had so few choices in her life but one has to respect her for making the most of her kitchen as a way to express herself.

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9/16/10 10:19 P

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Re-reading Like Water For Chocolate. Forgot just how good it is.

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9/15/10 8:53 A

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Just finished LWFC last night and I really enjoyed it. I thought the characters were fabulous and I don't think it's a book that I will soon forget. Thanks for the suggestion! Looking forward to the next book!

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9/9/10 9:17 P

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I also enjoyed Like Water for Chocolate when I read it over ten years ago. I may pick it up just to do a quick re-read.
Have had some eye problems lately, so have been doing very little reading the past few days. Seems to be getting better now, though, so looking forward to the next book! emoticon

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9/7/10 12:37 P

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I just finished LWFC. What a great read! I posted my blog review. Read it, if you'd like to at: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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9/6/10 12:14 P

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I've been reading LWFC slowly while I work on other things, and I must say...I am really enjoying the book so far. I'm on "April" right now, and I'm looking forward to writing a review of the book!

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9/6/10 7:37 A

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I am just about done with the book. It has been a most enjoyable read! I'll have to see if I can get a copy of the movie from our library.
Though I got a bit of a chuckle when I read that Tita's sister lost 65 pounds in 7 days. That must have been some diet! lol



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I have never read this book before and am just getting into it now, but it is really lovely to read, like reading poetry on each page. I haven't seen the movie either, but I will when I am done with the novel.

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8/26/10 9:32 P

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This novel, Like Water for Chocolate, is as sensuous as the food the protagonist makes in the story. All the recipes are doable. When I read it many years ago, I remember not believing that one could really cook with rose petals. It is done, to my surprise. After reading the novel (before or during), it is also worth watching the movie (with English subtitles). It is very true to the book. Laura Esquivel's then husband was a movie director and she made sure it was faithful to the book. In both the book and the movie you have to be prepared for a bit of magical realism. I love the genre.

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8/25/10 5:22 P

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Here's the Publishers Weekly review from when this novel first came out in English:

Each chapter of screenwriter Esquivel's utterly charming interpretation of life in turn-of-the-century Mexico begins with a recipe--not surprisingly, since so much of the action of this exquisite first novel (a bestseller in Mexico) centers around the kitchen, the heart and soul of a traditional Mexican family. The youngest daughter of a well-born rancher, Tita has always known her destiny: to remain single and care for her aging mother. When she falls in love, her mother quickly scotches the liaison and tyrannically dictates that Tita's sister Rosaura must marry the luckless suitor, Pedro, in her place. But Tita has one weapon left--her cooking. Esquivel mischievously appropriates the techniques of magical realism to make Tita's contact with food sensual, instinctual and often explosive. Forced to make the cake for her sister's wedding, Tita pours her emotions into the task; each guest who samples a piece bursts into tears. Esquivel does a splendid job of describing the frustration, love and hope expressed through the most domestic and feminine of arts, family cooking, suggesting by implication the limited options available to Mexican women of this period. Tita's unrequited love for Pedro survives the Mexican Revolution the births of Rosaura and Pedro's children, even a proposal of marriage from an eligible doctor. In a poignant conclusion, Tita manages to break the bonds of tradition, if not for herself, then for future generations.

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Edited by: BOOKLOVER60 at: 8/25/2010 (17:22)
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Our September BOM will be Laura Esquivel's *Like Water for Chocolate,* which has been selected by a featured member!

If you'd like to chit-chat about the book, go ahead and check it out of your library and write your responses here!

Woot!

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