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Set in Mexico City in the 23rd century, Esquivel's latest focuses on the determined and increasingly frantic attempts of Azucena, an "astroanalyst" (a therapist who helps people come to grips with the unfinished business of their past lives), to track down Rodrigo, her "twin soul." (After a soul has died and been reincarnated thousands of times, it seems, it finally attains sufficient wisdom to locate its true companion, the missing half of its true and essential being.) Rodrigo and Azucena have been abruptly, inexplicably parted after just one night of supreme love, during which they have formed a single being that "danced through space to the rhythm of the music of the spheres." It turns out that they have been swept into a bloody conspiracy by a deeply evil spirit to corrupt the largely blissful world of the future. Rodrigo has been dumped onto a hellish planet, and faces an unpleasant death unless Azucena can rescue him. After a series of increasingly broad and sketchy adventures (in which Azucena's guardian spirit, a variety of gods, and some truly weird technology are brought into play), all comes right. Whenever Esquivel is celebrating "the hidden order of the world," the salvational possibilities of love, she's engaging and persuasive. But the novel, which comes with a CD featuring arias and Mexican danzones (presumably to foster the right mood in the reader), and which includes several gaudy, comic- book-like sections illustrated by the artist Miguelanxo Prado, finally seems too anxious to overwhelm, too determined to entertain at any cost.
There's enough here to demonstrate that Esquivel can write, and that she possesses considerable originality. Next time out, though, she needs to try a little less hard to astonish.
Posted September 25, 2013
Beig the first multimedia book back in 1993, this is a funny book, but also realistic no matter what you believe inor who.....you must be in perfect harmony to achieve forever lasting love, according with the law of love. The ultimate law of allWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 26, 2004
This was one of the first book of this type that I've ever got my hands on and I'm greatful I did. At the beginning I did not understand about the CD but as soon as I got in to the story and played the CD at the moment requiered I could not believe the burst of emotions that were in me. I would say that this book is a combination of suspense, drama, betrayal and the finding for true love.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 8, 2002
Imagine, having one great night with someone and knowing that he is the one. Then the next night, he is gone. The law of love takes place in the late 16th century. The main charactors that are involved in the book are, Roderigo, Citlali,Azucena and Isabel. Roderigo Diaz, one of Cortes's valint captians are on a spree conqueroring new land. But, Roderigo could never predicted the consequences that would occur, with just one act of hatred. The action takes place on the sacred Pryamid of Love. Citlali,is one of the innocent lives caught in the path of Roderigo and his men. She lost he newborn child, husband and midwife during the conquering of her homeland. Azucena is a "astro-anylst" who has helped many lost souls find a body on the road of reincarnation. She and Roderigo send one night, making love together. She believes that Roderigo is her twin soul. But the next day she finds that Roderigo took Citlati's life, then his own. But she is determined to be with him. So she is granted permission from the Gods to find him. But two problems stand in the way. One being that Roderigo is reincarnated as a women. And the second is sucide is against the law.So the book is about Azucena's quest to find Roderigo, and the information that she finds out along the way, about herself and Roderigo. The author does a very nice job of painting a image in the readers head. She also does a wonderful job of tieing up any loose ends that the reader comes accross the way. Esquivel has a very different style of writing. She also stays close to her roots with her writing. I personally didn't care for the book, because it contained to many flashbacks. It also lost me quite a few times. Her style of writing is one that you have to pay attention to every little detail. The book took me approxametly 3 and a half weeks to read.I recommend this book, to anyone who likes to learn about spanish beliefs and facts. Everyone feels love.Often there are times when you wish that you could have help. This book may be able to help you. Just always remember to say how you feel about someone, because tommorrow they could be gone for good!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 24, 2010
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