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“Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can't strike them all by ourselves; we need oxygen and a candle to help. In this case, the oxygen for example, would come from the breath of the person you love; the candle would be any kind of food, music, caress, word, or sound that engenders the explosion that lights one of the matches. For a moment we are dazzled by an intense emotion. A pleasant warmth grows within us, fading slowly as time goes by, until a new explosion comes along to revive it. Each person has to discover what will set off those explosions in order to live, since the combustion that occurs when one of them is ignited is what nourishes the soul. That fire, in short, is its food. If one doesn't find out in time what will set off these explosions, the box of matches dampens, and not a single match will ever be lighted.” -Like Water for Chocolate
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel is a wonderfully written book, filled with romance and mysticism, sparking the imagination with great imagery. Written in installments and incorporating Mexican recipes, the novel is a simple tale of love and war and passion... and food. Yet there is a complexity in the characters, their thoughts and interactions that give the novel its depth. Food is a main character as well, being used to bring characters closer or to drive them apart. It is also used to give strength to certain characters in the novel, helping them express emotion through cooking and food preparation.
The novel spans many decades, following the De la Garza through their trials and tribulations. At the core is a true love story.
Laura Esquivel has a way with words. She could describe any emotion in such a descriptive way, it leaves the reader feeling that emotion for the character. This gives the novel a lot of strength.

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