I’ve read quite a lot of books over the years, even before I started this blog and I want to talk about them just like the books I am reading at the present time. Thanks to these books, the long cold and somewhat lonely nights of the graveyard shift became bearable. They spoke to me, consoling me as customers from the other side of the planet yells at me demanding why their phone bills were skyrocketing high. Girl, how about checking your internet usage?
So anyway, going back to the books. I decided to create a list of books that shouts the same overall message, and in this post, I’ll be talking about books that say love wins despite too many walls. They’re no Romeo and Juliet by all means, and isn’t it cute that years and years after I’ve read these books I’m realizing just now that they are from the same trope?
Are you ready? Right, here we go.
Love In The Time Of Cholera
This is one of the magnificent masterpieces of the Colombian author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, also the writer of One Hundred Years of Solitude. Though I should say that my eyelids have a little patience with Marquez’s works, this novel intrigued me. In a story of young love, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fell in love. Due to parental pressure, Fermina chooses to marry a wealthy doctor, a decision that left Florentino heartbroken. Though bruised and wounded, he still reserved his heart for Fermina. When Fermina’s husband finally dies, Florentino decided that the right time for their love has finally come, after fifty-one years, nine months and four days.
The Notebook is Nicholas Sparks’ debut novel (please correct me if I am mistaken), a known huge success both as a book and as a film. Sparks has a known talent for making his readers cry and laugh and smile all at the same time. Allison Nelson, a girl coming from a well-off family fell in love with Noah Calhoun in their youth through a summer romance. Her parents strongly forbade it, however, as she prepares for her wedding with her lawyer fiance, she recognizes the old feelings in her being rekindled when she saw a newspaper clipping about Noah. Noah finds himself still in love with her after all the years they were apart. Needless to say, they chose to get back together against all odds and Noah even took care of Allie as they both decline physically with age, even with Allie who has involuntarily forgotten him and the love they once shared.
Like Water For Chocolate
This is the only novel I’ve read by Laura Esquivel. In fact, it was the first time I’ve heard of her and I haven’t found the time to check out her other books if there are any. I enjoyed reading this Mexican lit because of the unique recipes featured in it. A fifteen-year-old Tita was in love with Pedro Muzquiz, something that her mother, Mama Elena strongly opposed. According to their family tradition, the youngest daughter of the household has no right to get married, for she will have to take care of her mother until the day she dies. Tita, being the youngest daughter of Mama Elena is subjected to this seemingly unfair tradition. In the end, Pedro marries her elder sister Rosaura instead. But as the years went by, Pedro’s passionate feelings for Tita never changed. As the turn of events went in their favor, Pedro and Tita were destined to be together after all.
I wish I could add more to this list, but for now, these are the only book I’ve read that falls under the same trope of forbidden love. As I read more books, maybe I could make a part two of this post, add some more to the list. Or maybe I should create another list of books under a different trope.