Swift as Desire by Laura Esquivel
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As the millions of fans of Like Water for Chocolate know, Laura Esquivel is a romanticist whose novels explore the power of love and the truths of the human heart. She returns to those themes in Swift as Desire, the story of a loving and passionate man who has the gift of bringing happiness to everyone except his own wife.

The hero of this novel is Júbilo Chi, a telegraph operator who is born with the ability to “hear” people’s true feelings and respond to their most intimate, unspoken desires. His life changes forever the day he falls deeply and irrevocably in love with Lucha, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy family. She believes money is necessary to insure happiness, while for Júbilo, who is poor, love and desire are more important than possessions. But their passion for each other enables them to build a happy life together -- until their idyll is shattered by a terrible event that drives them bitterly apart. Only years later, as Júbilo lies dying, is his daughter able to unravel the mystery behind her parents’ long estrangement and bring about a surprising reconciliation.

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About Laura Esquivel

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Laura Esquivel was born in Mexico City in 1950. Her first novel, "Like Water for Chocolate, " has sold more than four and a half million copies around the world and remained on the "New York Times" bestseller list for more than a year. She currently lives in Mexico.
Published August 27, 2002 by Anchor. 210 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Júbilo is equally intrigued by a history lesson centering on an intrepid telegraph operator, a profession he later takes up to support his young wife Lucha, despite his dreams of becoming a singer.

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The princess of modern Latin literature (second only to Isabel Allende) has written yet another quirky and sensual story with a moralistic twist, its cute-as-can-be characters arguing and loving with equal passion.

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Don Jœbilo's gift of interpretation, like Tita de la Garza's gift for cooking in Like Water for Chocolate, is inexorably linked to his soul.

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