The smell of Eriko's favorite perfume tugged at my heart. This, too, will disappear after the letter is opened a few more times, I thought. That was hardest of all" (Yoshimoto 53). This is love at a very different angle. The greater the love, the greater the loss when it ends, and both of the main characters are now orphans after they have lost everyone in their families. They wonder if they should begin a relationship. The author writes, "But I wonder, as I look at his uneasy profile blazingly illuminated by the hellish fire, although we have always acted like brother and sister, aren't we really man and woman in the primordial sense, and don't we think of each other that way?" (Yoshimoto 66). Both writers can get great emotions out of their readers because they use powerful situations to show the great passion, love, and loss that people feel throughout their lives, and they portray characters that seem real and human.
In both of these books, the kitchen and cooking plays a central role, and it is how the main characters show some of their passions. In "Chocolate," Tita's passion for cooking started from the moment she was born, and it lasts throughout her life, the end of her life after her niece's wedding. Each chapter starts with a traditional family recipe, and Tita infuses them with her own passions, often leading to incredible reactions in the diners. Such as the reaction to the Quail with Rose Sauce that sent passion through Tita and Pedro and caused her sister to run away from the ranch naked.
"Kitchen," on the other hand, is much more refined, yet the main character finds comfort in food and cooking, and she makes up her mind about any home by the type of kitchen it contains. Yoshimoto writes, "I laughed. 'Could it be that you're satisfying hunger and lust at the same time?" (Yoshimoto 100). In the end, there is hope for these two orphans, and it seems that they may have some great meals together, too.
The final story, "Moonlight Shadow," tells the story of the narrator, who lost her boyfriend when she was only twenty. The author writes, "I lost Hitoshi at the age of twenty, and I suffered from it so much that I felt as if my own life had stopped" (Yoshimoto 111). Both of these books show that great love can last a lifetime, even if the person we love is no longer with us. They have different views of love, and "Water" is much more passionate and sensual in the portrayal of love. Love leads to loss in "Kitchen," which makes it much more difficult and emotional to read. The author's styles could not be more different. Yoshimoto writes in a very straightforward manner, and her characters are not especially intricate or detailed. Her theme is the emotional loss of love, and how people deal with it. Her style is to the point, but very emotional, show what the characters are feeling deep inside themselves.
Esquivel's style is much more romantic and passionate. She writes of fantasy happenings and makes them seem magical and real. Her characters have deep passions and desires, and her use of the language is rich and powerful. The way she includes the recipes in the novel is unique, and show how important food can be to passion and romance.
In conclusion, the style of these writers is very different, and that shows in their stories. One is a rich mix of Mexican spices, love, and passion, while the other is a mix of Japanese wasabi, love, and loss. The Japanese characters are all young people coping with too much death and loss of love around them, and they are sympathetic and tragic at the same time. The Mexican characters are full of life, but they face great trials in their lives, too. They both show that love has many different sides, and that each person handles love differently. What works for one may not work for another, and these books show that.
Esquivel, Laura. Like Water for Chocolate.…