Laura Esquivel: Como agua para chocolate [Like Water for Chocolate] (1925 words)

Eric Skipper (University of South Carolina)
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Laura Esquivel’s Como agua para chocolate: Novela de entregas mensuales con recetas, amores y remedios caseros (1989) was the number one bestselling book in Mexico for three years. The novel went on to become an international success, selling over 4.5 million copies. It was published in English in 1992. Concerning a tyrannical mother who forces her daughter to care for her rather than marrying, CAPC is set against the tempestuous backdrop of the Mexican Revolution during the early 1900s. Each of the novel’s twelve chapters is dedicated to a month of the year and a family recipe. The film version of Como agua para chocolate (1992) was an international blockbuster. …

Skipper, Eric. "Como agua para chocolate". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2009
[, accessed 23 April 2018.]

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