Monday, December 10, 2007

Mistress of Spices

I've read a few good books this year, but I think this one's been my favorite. Make sure you're reading the original book by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni....not the Hollywoodized Screenplay novel.

I found the movie two weeks ago at the library and fell in love with it. I didn't QUITE believe the "Love connection," but felt it was a small price to pay for such a good movie.

But what an AWESOME book. It reminded me of the movie/book Chocolat. And if you enjoyed that, you'll love this one. Happy Reading.

Love, Ang

PS: Here's a "Proper" review of the book. I can never spit out what my brain is saying. Actually, I can spit it just doesn't sound as good. *laugh*

A BOOK REVIEW: The Mistress of Spices
by Sandra Bowens

Enter the magic world of Tilo, Mistress of Spices, at her fragrant shop in Oakland. She can see into your heart and determine just what spice is needed to fulfill your desires. But what of her own desires? She hadn't given them a thought until the Lonely American stepped through the door at closing time one Friday evening.

In The Mistress of Spices, Chitra Divakaruni weaves an enchanting tale of mystery, human nature and risk punctuated by aromatic sorcery. Some may find it difficult reading at first. The unusual sentence structure requires us to slow down. Quickly the lyrical prose becomes a delight to savor like a meal so tasty we hope it never ends.

Tilo has taken a vow, given her life to the spices. The beautiful young woman resides in a tired, old body hurtled into this modern world only to help others. By obeying the rules, the spices will speak to her. As the story unfolds, the rules need to be broken and we can understand. Or, at other times, Tilo finds herself struggling because she wants to break the rules and again we understand.

Through it all, Divakaruni writes so that we can smell the spices and taste the foods prepared with them. We learn the secrets of the spices while relishing chapters with such titles as "Fennel," "Black Pepper," and "Fenugreek."

This is an exciting novel. The story takes twists and turns that cannot be anticipated. You'll find yourself smiling at the vivid descriptions and rooting for every character. By the end, you'll wish you could pay a visit to Tilo's exotic Spice Bazaar shop.

1 comment:

Dina said...

I didn't read Chocolat, but I did enjoy the movie.

I definitely need to make a stop at the library! I miss a good read! Love the reviews ... keep them coming.