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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The 'real' and emotional

“I can't speak for readers in general, but personally I like to read stories behind which there is some truth, something real and above all, something emotional. I don't like to read essays on literature; I don't like to read critical or rational or impersonal or cold disquisitions on subjects.” – Laura Esquivel

The author of the award-winning novel (also an award-winning film) Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel is a Mexican novelist, essayist and screenwriter who was born on this day in 1950.  

She has been honored for both her fiction and screenwriting, but has perhaps had her biggest impact with her powerful essays on life, love and food and their impact on the culture of her native Mexico – themes that resonate around the globe.  Esquivel has stated that she believes the kitchen is the most important part of the house and characterizes it as a source of knowledge and understanding that brings pleasure. 

Laura Esquivel

Despites great success in each, Esquivel gravitates toward fiction writing ahead of screenwriting.

“In film you can use images exclusively and narrate a whole story very quickly, but you don't always so easily find the form in cinema to dig deeper into human thoughts and emotions,” she explained.  “In a novel you can much more easily express a character's inner thoughts and feelings.”

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