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Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel leapt to international fame in 1993 with Like Water For Chocolate. Her new novel strives to replicate the impact of that work with multimedia innovation in style and structure. This translation by Margaret Sayers Peden comes with a CD of arias by Puccini and Mexican danzones, and 48 pages of striking color illustrations by Spanish artist Miguelano Prado. The text by Esquivel is part science fiction, part new age spiritual journey, as she chronicles the efforts of 23rd century "astroanalyst" Azucena to find her twin soul. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This followup to Esquivel's bestselling Like Water for Chocolate is propelled by the same jolly, reckless storytelling energy that has won the Mexican author so many fans, but skimpy character development and a breathlessly byzantine plot keep bringing the novel up short. Composed in a tantalizing style of New Age-sci-fi-magical realism, the tale is set in the year 2200, when astroanalyst Azucena Martinez, who lives in Mexico City, has been permitted at last to meet her twin soul, Rodrigo Sanchez, the man with whom she is to experience the ecstasy of perfect romantic union. And not a moment too soon; not only is Azucena terribly lonely, but she has finally paid off all the karmic debts accumulated in her 14,000 past lives. Alas for her, Rodrigo is not as karmically pure, and the day after their night of bliss, he is framed for murder and deported to the penal planet of Korma. As it turns out, this is all part of a divine plan: Azucena's quest to be reunited with her lover sets in motion a chain of events that will lead to the restoration of the law of Love on planet Earth. Esquivel punctuates her narrative with full-color "graphic novel" segments (by Spanish artist Miguelanxo Prado). The book also includes an 11-track CD of Puccini arias that figure in the plot and some remarkable Mexican "danzones," billed in the text as "Intervals for Dancing." In Azucena, Esquivel has created a delightfully feisty, unpretentious character; it is the reader's loss that neither she nor Rodrigo are ever fully developed, and that their love story is repeatedly upstaged by a fantastical setting and long-winded metaphysical discourse. First serial to L.A. Times Magazine.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Pap/Com edition (September 8, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609801279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609801277
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Laura Esquivel is the award-winning author of Like Water for Chocolate, which has sold over four and a half million copies around the world in 35 languages, The Law of Love, and most recently, Between Two Fires. She lives in Mexico City.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Dreamer on September 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
It isn't so easy to understand Love. Usually people think they find it through a partner. But the love we experience while making love with another is only a pale reflection of what is truly Love. One's partner is only the intermediary through whom we receive Divine Love. Through the kiss, the embrace, the soul receives all the peace necessary to align itself and make the connection with Divine Love. But be warned: that does not mean that our partner possesses that Love, nor is he or she the only one who can bestow it. Nor is it true that if that person leaves, he will take Love with him, leaving us unprotected. Divine Love is infinite. It is everywhere and entirely within reach at every moment. It is foolish of Azucena to limit it to the small space of Rodrigo's arms. If she only realized that all she has to do is learn to open her consciousness to energy on other planes to receive the Love she needs in full store. If she only realized that at this very moment she is surrounded by Love, that it is circulating about her, despite the fact no one is kissing or caressing or embracing her. If she only realized that she is a beloved daughter of the Universe, she would no longer feel lost. -Laura Esquivel
This is a very creative multimedia book, complete with a CD, in which the reader is directed to explore richly illustrated passages by Migualanxo Prado of Spain, while listening musical selections on the CD. Arias correspond to the illustrations, and Mexican folk music entertains during some of the intermissions. The plot criss-crosses backwards and forwards through time, involving a set of characters whose interactions thread the work together.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Byrd on December 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
... about karmic justice and divine love. Complete with angels and demons. There. Did I get your attenion? :)
"The Law of Love" is an incredibly ambitious project by the author of "Like Water for Chocolate," and is almost worth it for the light it sheds on her previous work. I've heard people write off Laura Esquivel as an author of "chick books" -- the marketing assumption being that if you add recipes, more women will read them.
I felt the theme of kitchen witchery was a little too strong in "Chocolate" to ignore ... but "Law" gives a much clearer picture. Esquivel seems to be fascinated by the idea of memory recall through sensory stimulation. In "Chocolate," the stimulation was food. In "Law," it's music.
Included with the hardback was a CD of Mexican music. I didn't much like it, but it is indeed meant to be played at certain times in the book where memories will be crucial. Also, during points in the book where a character undergoes a past-life recall, the pages switch to unnarrated, very dreamily painted comics -- the regression is only mulled over in words as sort of an afterthought.
Again, incredibly ambitious. Unfortunately, considering the scope, I didn't find it terribly well done. Which is too bad, because I really wanted to *love* this book. At best, I just like it.
The characters go from being intelligent people who are jerked around by circumstance to lovable, zany characters fumbling around with forces some of them might barely comprehend. The ending is a very Monte Hall, "let's show 'em what's behind Door Number Three!" affair.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kali on January 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
Okay so I am sucker for a soppy book every now and then! I liked this book; it was exciting, sad, funny and charming. I liked the idea of reincarnation and the fact that what you do in your past lives, affects you in your present life. That is the theme of the book and yes the storyline does jump about a bit but hey! that makes it all the more enjoyable, you never know what is going to happen next, which for some people can be annoying but for me was great! I also loved the fact it included a CD with lots of classical music, something to listen to when reading. Also the colour photos were a nice touch too, and gave a stronger sense of what was happening throughout the novel. Laura Esquivel has written another of my favourite books, "Like Water for Chocolate," and she has not let me down with "The Law of Love." This book is enjoyable simply because it is a fantasy. Read it for that reason alone, and you will enjoy it all the more. It's a treat of a book and the CD is great too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "tauromaja" on March 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
Sayers Peden may know Spanish but her knowledge of Mexican Spanish is lacking. I was appalled when I read the original Spanish and saw how much more funny the book is. Plus, she does not do justice to the slang and the musical lyric translations, which there is a lot of. I recommend the book for its philosophy but take into consideration that the original is full of Mexican slang.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 1998
Format: Paperback
I loved this book.
Unlike most of the other readers, I didn't expect the same book as Like Water For Chocolate (which I liked, but not as much as this book). I paid for a new story and that's what I got.
The plot was great. Just great. It takes a lot of skill to work with what are supposed to be just 4 or five main characters but put them in a revolving wheel of time and gender and bodies. Every new twist had me stretching my mind a little bit more to follow Esquivel.
I laughed out loud at some of the poems - and at the characterization of some of the less than heroic characters.
Admittedly, the first chapter or so was jarring and brutal. But it was so, SO worth sticking with the story.
If you want a carbon copy of Like Water For Chocolate - read it again. If you want a new, interesting, innovative, funny, inspiring book - read The Law of Love. I'm still singing its praises over a year later.
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