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It Takes Two: A Novel

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

    I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. Very well written.

    I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. Very well written.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

    Best Tango Fiction Book

    I enjoyed reading this book because Chen writes in such a way, I was able to get into the character's heads and feel their emotions. I also felt I had traveled to Buenos Aires and back, learning much about the culture. Chen provides great detail of how Buenos Aires captures the essence of the Argentine Tango. There was romance involved, but it wasn't all about sex like some other tango books are. There was more to it than sex. This novel has a great balance evoking every emotion and it was hard for me to put down. This is a fun book about freedom and how the sensuality of the tango enabled one woman to find her own liberation and true love.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Great Novel, Tango Handbook and Buenos Aires travel guide!

    It Takes Two is actually 3 books in one:

    - A useful handbook about the art of Tango. I started taking tango classes a couple of months ago and have discovered, along with a sensual dance, a great community with rules and traditions. I have often felt a bit lost. It Takes Two describes in a very accurate manner the world of Tango, milongas, behaviors, Tango etiquette, dos and don'ts. There are also numerous references about tango fundamentals such as posture, simplicity and the importance of mastering the art of walking. Priceless.

    - An interactive travel guide on Buenos Aires. I have never been to Buenos Aires. However, I heard a lot about it and am DYING to go. It Takes Two gives a precise image of the city, the different neighborhoods, restaurants, cafes, and shopping places. It also gives a good indication of the rhythm of the City. Patrizia's way to describe it makes it very "alive" and reading the book you feel like you actually are in Buenos Aires.

    - Finally a great novel where everyone can recognize himself in the different characters. Nothing extraordinary is happening in It Takes Two. The different characters have no super powers. They are normal people, like you and me, with imperfect lives like yours and mine who are trying to fill the gap between their dreams and aspirations and the mediocrity of their reality. Francesca is painted as a 50 something women, whose "arrangement" with her husband is not satisfying anymore and who desperately needs more. Trying to match her life with her expectations, she comes across moral questions and answers them with a mix of spontaneous reactions and sensitive interrogations. How European!

    In a society where youth and beauty are kings, It Takes Two proves that it's still possible to lead an extraordinary life in an ordinary environment.

    Thank you Mrs. Chen!

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