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La ley del amor [Read] ➪ La ley del amor Author Laura Esquivel – This romantic innovative and wildly comic New York Times bestseller by the author of Like Water for Chocolate tells a cosmic love story a Mexican Midsummer Night's Dream that stretches from the fall o This romantic innovative and wildly comic New York Times bestseller by the author of Like Water for Chocolate tells a cosmic love story a Mexican Midsummer Night's Dream that stretches from the fall of Montezuma's Mexico to the rd century Includes eight sections of full color illustrations.

About the Author: Laura Esquivel

A teacher by trade Laura Esuivel gained international attention with Like Water for Chocolate A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes Romances and Home Remedies and The Law of Love In both books she manages to incorporate her teaching abilities by giving her readers lessons about life During an on line Salon interview with Joan Smith she said As a teacher I realize that La ley PDF \ what one lear.

10 thoughts on “La ley del amor

  1. Aja Aja says:

    This is now one of my top reads of all time my sister says its the Latina in me that loves magic realism but it goes beyond that A masterful blend of time space and instruction on how to break personal and socially inherited karma Part graphic novel musical score and head trip It reuires the reader surrender their imagination to a plot that is woven through a narrative that attempts to express a holistic way of viewing and communicating the past present and future as they exist in every moment I'm still reeling

  2. Deborah Deborah says:

    This book was amazing Ms Esuivel did an amazing job of blending science fiction humor Buddhism Catholicism into a beautiful story that uite simply is a call to mankind to come together in love This is a book that I must own so that I can re read it throughout my life ; Here are three of my favorite uotes from the bookMost people are constantly forming opinionsThis creates an insurmountable barrier and we find ourselves dominated by intolerance As soon as we meet a person we immediately set out our opinions before him to see how he reacts; if he shares them we accept him If not we try to tear down his opinions in order to impose our own convinced that the other person is bad because he thinks differently from us We become narrow minded inuisitors who in the name of truth put to death anybody whose ideas do not coincide with our own pgs 176 177No social organization will ever be able to find the one road that's good for everybody because Azucena's everyday problems like those of the rest of humanity are the result of errors that were left unresolved in the past Each case is uniuebut it's not by changing the social order that one's problems are resolved It's by changing ourselves When that happens society is automatically modified pg 204Teo commented that it was precisely the smoldering resentment generated by such relationships that had given rise to revolutions throughout history At any given moment the outcasts the forgotten the mistreated banded together against the powerful The sad part was that once the downtrodden had triumphed and replaced those in power their only thought was revenge and they ended up being no better than the ones they'd unseated pg 239

  3. R.Z. R.Z. says:

    A beautiful cover an included CD and pages and pages of pastel paintings couldn't make this a book worth reading It was truely awful I picked it up because I am a big fan of the magical realism often found in the South American literary tradition but Esuivel just doesn't have it

  4. Hardly Hardly says:

    After all the hype regarding Like Water for Chocolate and in view of my deep interest in reincarnation in fiction I had greatly anticipated this book It had a compelling start in detailing the karmic events set into motion with Rodrigo and Citlala but the switch to the futuristic setting with all its fantastical and foreign new technologies and philosophies was too much far far too soon Problems I identified were poor scanty characterization; almost total lack of blocking description of setting; and comprehensive almost omnipresent 'telling' instead of 'showing' We are never allowed to draw our own conclusions about the characters from their actions and words Esuivel informs us either through her narration or that of a guardian or demon exactly what we are to think of everyone And both the preachiness and massive breadth of the metaphysical 'stuff' was intrusive and annoying giving the impression she's telling us what to believe as well The ending is as with so many novels nowadays rushed and insufficient a mere wrap up chapter telling us what happened to all the main characters after the fact the lazy man's woman's? way of getting the damned thing over with We aren't shown how any of these things occurred though it would have been both interesting and satisfying to see how these people came to their rewards or punishments And worst of all is the pat and ludicrous resolution of the distance between Azucena and Rodrigo After their initial meeting at the start of the book they are separated and the story basically details with many flourishes Azucena's travails in finding him again But when they do find each other he doesn't remember her any and only has eyes for the reincarnation of Citlala of whom his violation in a prior life was so lovingly recounted in the first chapter Azucena then finds love with Teo and enthusiastically copulates with him at every opportunity This is explained away with a few convenient sentences by Esuivel who gives Azucena's reunion with Rodrigo the same treatment in her rushed ending Oh Rodrigo remembers Azucena and leaves Citlala and now only has eyes for his soul mate Just that easy was it? I guess a scene of such power and emotion wasn't important enough for her to render for her readers but I was left wondering if he felt shame for forgetting Azucena was his soul mate and taking up with Citlala if Azucena harbored resentment for it Of course knowing how Esuivel prefers to tell us what to think she'd have just informed us with a sole paragraph how it all went down so I suppose that we're not missing anything by her leaving it out Also ludicrous is how easily Azucena forgives Isabel's transgressions against her and the others again solved with a convenient telling instead of showing Esuivel proves how poor her grasp of human nature and how inadeuate she is at rendering it in words for her readers if she thinks that being murdered and abandoned repeatedly by the same person over multiple lifeties can be erased with a sentence or two The multimedia aspect of the book feels gimmicky The music is redundant in style and theme and the graphic novel parts feel like Esuivel couldn't be arsed to describe the scene herself so got someone else to draw it If a picture is worth a thousand words she saved herself about 25000 of them with the artwork Convenient for her but ultimately dissatisfying for us In general this book felt like a wacky sci fi concept that Esuivel wanted out there but didn't feel like bothering to put any effort into Her heavy handed treatment of both the story and philosophical issues too many 'WTF' moments where we have to stop and think hard about what in the world is happening gives her an overlooming presence that prevents the reader from becoming absorbed in the book; we're too aware it's written rather than unfolding before us

  5. Jess Jess says:

    I found this book several years ago in the hallway of my first apartment building in New York the one that also freuently had chicken bones littering the halls It had been discarded by my neighbor across the way; she had put out many books over the time I lived there mostly of a semi mystical feminist bent for example this is also where I found a copy of Women Who Run With the Wolves I was kind of fascinated by the neighbor as she designed clothes and had a fabulously overstuffed living space and wrote things in the blank back matter pages of the books like drawings of plans to redesign her apartment and as in this book a recipe for lemon bars I took one look at the cover of this book and was appalled by it but upon reading the description was so intrigued by how insane it sounded I have kept the book for the last 6 years through 3 subseuent apartments and therefore several culls of my book collection I just finally read it today It is batshit It is not as appalling as the cover art It was actually a really enjoyable book to read It is about the intricate laws of a society in which people are reincarnated through 14000 lives and must right all the wrongs and emotionally process the conflicts of the past in order to evolve to a point where they are allowed to apply for a meeting with their Soul's Twin The hilarious parts of the ones that describe the bureaucracy of the governmental agencies that must uphold these laws; the tone of this reminds me of Douglas Adams Amidst all of that is a lot of spouting of spiritual tenets such as that we are all One and therefore must release all negativity in order for positivity to flow from us and therefore be returned to us Memories of past lives are displayed as comic panels as the characters are regressed through them to discover theirs truths and these images are recorded with a photomental camera Finally there is an accompanying CD containing opera music that the text cues you to listen to at certain points I do not have the CD my neighbor must have kept itSo yeah hot mess But fun

  6. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    This book came with a CD to listen to as you read the book a multimedia experience that was amazing The illustrations were interesting and added depth to the story It was one of the most uniue reading experiences in my life and I wish there were like it I loved the CD and still listen to it it has some great songs by Liliana Felipe a Mexican folk singer as well as arias from Puccini I like most of Esuivel's writing it can be spiritual and funny and philosophical all at the same time This one ventured into the sci fi territory with some reincarnation and so is not your traditional bestseller material but that is what makes it so uniue

  7. Michael Michael says:

    Mythic tale of love across the ages told from perspectives of reincarnated characters in Mexico City in 2200 1985 and 1521 Too preachy about the karma of past transgressions and the concept of soulmates for my taste Interesting music in a CD to be played on cue with the story and graphic art renderings of regression seuences The sci fi on the main character's profession as an astroanalyst doing past life regression work seems to glorify rather than satirize a current flaky practice Yet in the manner of a comic book there is some enjoyment to be had in the playful imaginative ride of the story

  8. Elizabeth Lian Elizabeth Lian says:

    Loved the ideas and concepts but it was horribly rushed and the story just wasn't well put together Slapdash at best Perhaps her publishers were pushing her? I don't know This had the potential to be a great book but it was rushed and oversimplified as if a child had written it The characters were very one dimensional with no real redeeming ualities about them even the heroine

  9. David David says:

    I enjoyed Like Water for Chocolate her international best seller 1989 and the movie too This was her follow up book in 1996 which was considered the first multimedia novel in Mexico This a novel a comic book and a CD to challenge the sensesIt comes with a CD with Puccini opera classics Nessun Dorma O Mio Bambino to name a few alternating with songs by Eugenia León and Liliana Felipe Liliana has a fabulous voice I love the opera and the funky Mexican tunes are wonderful So how does this work? Throughout the book the main character Azucena listens to her Walkman to chill out Sadly I had to download it to listen on my phone Well technology has changed even for this concept book Still it was funThe comic book illustrated by the Spaniard Miguelanxo Prado is staggered throughout the novel to illustrate the key actions of the characters All of the comic stories are set to the operatic arias I was a little unsettled by the very graphic content set for the music but then it follows the key elements of opera love cheating betrayal renewal andor death This book has all of these plus a little comedy that is also a genre of operaThe novel itself is very uniue a blend of romance science fiction souls and reincarnation set in the year 2200 Azucena loves Rodrigo but starts to discover his past and the she delves into into the wilder it gets She herself is an astroanalyst she uncovers people's past lives to help better themselves She is a lot neurotic but the humour through keeps the book moving alongI was hooked by the startling initial story of the Spanish Conuistador Rodrigo whose child by Isabel is murdered by the Aztec princess Citlali Suddenly we are in the year 2200 dealing with space travel fixing souls reincarnation and the whole lot and I was a little miffed What on earth is going on here? Souls and reincarnation are not typically my thing but I did keep reading Then I had a hard time putting the book down and the story as complicated was it was had some great moments and reflections throughoutDoes it work? Sometimes it seemed a little hokey Sometimes I was a little confused Sometimes a lot weirdness happens even for a book written 20 years ago The comic and the CD elements work although are certainly dated Her theme of revenge and payback as old as they are work It was an enjoyable entertainment So I would give it a 35Leí en español

  10. Lausº Lausº says:

    I am not sure that is true but when I bought it they told me it was the first interactive novel The fact is that in certain parts of the book are a series of illustrations like a story book wich are complemented by a CD with opera and popular music The main character is Azucena and the story focuses on the search for their soul mate with which it has been involved in their past lives since pre Hispanic times I read it twice the second time I decided not to use the interactive parts and found out that they are very necessary although it can be understood without listening to the CD music forms a very important role in the novel and helps you get involved in the storyIt is a story with dyes of comedy fantasy romance and adventure No estoy segura de ue lo sea pero cuando lo compré me dijeron ue era la primer novela interactiva El hecho es ue en ciertas partes del libro vienen una serie de ilustraciones como si fuera un story book ue se complementa con un CD con canciones de ópera y música popularEl personaje principal es Azucena y la historia se enfoca en la busueda de su alma gemela con la cual ha estado involucrada en sus vidas pasadas desde la época prehispanicaLa he leido en dos ocasiones la segunda decidí no utilizar las partes interactivas y comprobé ue son muy necesarias aunue puede entenderse sin escuchar el CD la música forma un papel muy importante en la novela y te ayuda a involucrarte en la historiaEs un relato con tintes de comedia fantasía romance y aventura

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