The Law of Love (4 Cassettes)

The Law of Love (4 Cassettes)

Audiobook(Cassette - Abridged, 4 Cassettes)

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The greatly anticipated new work from the author of the international bestseller 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 23rd century. By including the music that so perfectly accompanies the story, this audio weaves and enchanting and enveloping spell that will absorb listeners in ways no novel ever has before. Simultaneous hardcover release from Crown. 4 cassettes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679456117
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/11/1996
Edition description: Abridged, 4 Cassettes
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 7.12(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

Originally published in 1990, Like Water for Chocolate (Como agua para chocolate) won Laura  Esquivel international acclaim. The film based on the book, with a screenplay by Laura Esquivel, swept the Ariel awards of the Mexican Academy of Motion Pictures, winning eleven in all, and went on to become the largest grossing foreign film ever released in the United States. In 1994 Like Water for Chocolate won the prestigious ABBY award, which is given annually by the American Booksellers Association to the book the members of the organization most enjoyed hand-selling. The book has been translated into thirty languages and there are over three million copies in print worldwide. Ms. Esquivel lives in Mexico.

From the Hardcover edition.


Mexico City, Mexico

Date of Birth:

September 30, 1951

Place of Birth:

Mexico City, Mexico

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The Law of Love - Excerpt

When do the dead die? When they are forgotten. When does a city disappear? When it no longer exists in the memory of those who lived there. And when does love cease? When one begins to love anew. Of this there is no doubt.

That is why Hernán Cortés decided to construct a new city upon the ruins of the ancient Tenochtitlán. The time it took him to size up the situation was the same that it takes a firmly gripped sword to pierce the skin of the chest and reach the center of the heart: one second. But in time of battle, a split second can mean escaping the sword or being run through by it.

During the conquest of Mexico, only those who could react in an instant survived, those who so feared death that they placed all their instincts, all their reflexes, all their senses, at the service of that fear. Terror became the command center for all their actions. Located just behind the navel, it received before the brain all the sensations perceived by smell, sight, touch, hearing, and taste. These were processed in milliseconds and forwarded to the brain, along with a precise course of action. All this lasted no more than the one second essential for survival.

As rapidly as the Conquistadors' bodies were acquiring the ability to react, new senses were also evolving. They learned to anticipate an attack from the rear, smell blood before it was spilled, sense a betrayal before the first word was uttered, and, above all, to see into the future as well as the keenest oracle. This was why, on the very day Cortés saw an Indian sounding a conch in front of the remains of an ancient pyramid, he knew he could not leave the city in ruins. It would have been like leaving a monument to the grandeur of the Aztecs. Sooner or later, nostalgia would have prompted the Indians to regroup in an attempt to regain their city. There was no time to lose. He had to obliterate all trace of the great Tenochtitlán from Aztec memory. He had to construct a new city before it was too late.

What Cortés did not take into account was that stones contain a truth beyond what the eye manages to see. They possess a force of their own that is not seen but felt, a force that cannot be constrained by a house or church. None of Cortés's newly acquired senses was fine-tuned enough to perceive this force. It was too subtle. Invisibility granted it absolute mobility, allowing it to swirl silently about the heights of the pyramids without being noticed. Some were aware of its effects, but didn't know what to attribute them to. The most severe case was that of Rodrigo Díaz, one of Cortés's valiant captains. As he and his companions proceeded to demolish the pyramids, he could never have imagined the consequences of his fateful contact with the stones. Even if someone had warned Rodrigo that those stones were powerful enough to change his life, he would not have believed it, for his beliefs never went beyond what he could grasp with his hands. When he was told there was one pyramid where the Indians used to conduct pagan ceremonies honoring some sort of goddess of love, he laughed. Not for a moment did he allow that any such goddess could exist, let alone that the pyramid could have a sacred function. Everyone agreed with him; they decided it was not even worth bothering to erect a church there. Without further thought, Cortés offered Rodrigo the site where the pyramid stood, so that he could build his house upon it.

Rodrigo was a happy man. He had earned the right to this parcel of land by his achievements on the battlefield and by his fierceness in hacking off arms, noses, ears, and heads. By his own hand he had dispatched approximately two hundred Indians, so he did not have to wait long for his reward: a generous tract of land bordering one of the four canals running through the city, the one that in time would become the road to Tacuba. Rodrigo's ambition made him dream of erecting his house in a grander spot -even on the ruins of the Great Temple- but he was forced to content himself with this more modest site since there were already plans to build a cathedral where that temple once stood. However, as compensation for his plot not being located within the select circle of houses the captains were building in the center of the city as witness to the birth of New Spain, he was granted an encomienda; that is, along with the land, ownership of fifty Indians, among whom was Citlali.

Citlali was descended from a noble family of Tenochtitlán. From childhood she had received a privileged upbringing, so her bearing reflected no trace of submission but, rather, great pride verging on defiance. The graceful swaying of her broad hips charged the atmosphere with sensuality, spreading ripples of air in widening circles. This energy displacement was much like the waves generated when a stone is dropped suddenly into a calm lake.

Rodrigo sensed Citlali's approach at a hundred yards. He had survived the Conquest for good reason: he possessed an acute ability to detect movements outside the ordinary. Interrupting his activity, he tried to pinpoint the danger. From the heights of the pyramid he commanded a view of everything in its vicinity. Immediately he focused on the line of Indians approaching his property. In the lead came Citlali. Rodrigo instantly realized that the movement that had so disturbed him emanated from Citlali's hips. He was completely disarmed. This was a challenge he did not know how to confront, and so he fell captive to the spell of her hips. All this happened as his hands were engaged in the effort of moving the stone that had formed the apex of the Pyramid of Love. But before he could do so there was a moment for the powerful energy generated by the pyramid to circulate through his veins. It was a lightning current, a blinding flash that made him see Citlali not as the simple Indian servant that she appeared to be, but rather, as the Goddess of Love herself.

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The Law of Love (4 Cassettes) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Othemts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This may be the first Around the World For a Good Book selection that is science fiction. Esquivel's novel is set in a future where reincarnations and karma are very real and central to society, and interplanetary travel and body-swapping are quite possible. Then there are guardian angels and demons guiding the primary characters' actions. All of it comes off very strange and poorly written (or is it the translator's fault?). The book just never worked as fiction, it was more of a collection of fantastical ideas. The first multimedia novel also comes with a CD with prompts to listen to at the appropriate part of the narrative as well as portions of the book in graphic novel to represent the characters' visions. It's gimmicky and doesn't really add much to the story. Overall this was mildly entertaining, but not really all that great, especially compared with Like Water for Chocolate.
timjones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Law of Love" is a real curate's egg. A multimedia novel, containing a CD of songs listened to by the protagonists, it mashes up reincarnation, space travel, humour, tragedy, rape, revenge, politics, satire and the history of Mexico into a story which is almost always entertaining, but never very involving. Definitely worth a read, but don't expect more than flashes of brilliance.
thejohnsmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting tale of love and reincarnation in a future (and past) world(s). The book features a number of illustrations and a CD to play as you read which I found to be a novel way of creating an atmosphere. I enjoyed this novel.
AaronB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Possibly the world first 'multi-media novel. Te book comes with a CD and is illustrated by Miguelanxo Prado, a graphic novel artist. The novel is by Laura Esquivel, author of Like Water for Chocolate. It follows the life of a contemporary 'astroanalyst' though thousands of past and future lives and mistaken identities (past and future). Clever and comical without being gimmicky. A very fun and enjoyable read.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This puts the magic in magical realism. Azucena are Rodrigo are lovers--soulmates, but have to go through many trials for their love to complete, including karma readjustment, etc. The book comes with a CD and is worth the price just for that. Character development is skimpy, and this is nowhere near as good as [Swift as Desire] and [Like Water for Chocolate]. It was a quick read for me, and creative, but in the end the creativity got in the way of what could have been a really good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beig the first multimedia book back in 1993, this is a funny book, but also realistic no matter what you believe inor must be in perfect harmony to achieve forever lasting love, according with the law of love. The ultimate law of all
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!