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FREE EBOOK ⚜ La maga delle spezie º Una vecchia signora indiana in una botteguccia di Oakland, California, con le sue mani nodose sfiora polveri e semi, foglie e bacche, alla ricerca del sapore pi squisito o del sortilegio pi sottile E Tilo, la Maga delle Spezie La sua storia inizia in uno sperduto villaggio indiano dove la rapiscono i pirati, attratti dai suoi arcani e misteriosi poteri, per portarla su un isola stregata e meravigliosa L Tilo apprende la magia delle spezie che in America le permetter di aiutare chi, come lei, si lasciato l India alle spalle Nella Bottega della Maga, dunque, sfilano vite e desideri, fatiche e speranze d immigrati, e le spezie, con i loro mille, minuscoli occhi, scrutano ogni gesto della loro signora Magical realism, spices and a rebellious heroine It had all the right ingredients but the first half gave me a feeling of something amiss The second half was racy but the ending was too contrived I probably wouldn t have read this if I hadn t been introduced to Ms Divakaruni by a former student who was taking a class from her and loved her I always feel as though I should read people s books if I ve met them, which has gotten me stuck with some duds Fortunately this wasn t one of them With a writing style that s both conversational and lyrical, Divakaruni engulfs you in a heady blend of mysticism, romance, and realism as complex and sensual as the spices she writes about The story t I probably wouldn t have read this if I hadn t been introduced to Ms Divakaruni by a former student who was taking a class from her and loved her I always feel as though I should read people s books if I ve met them, which has gotten me stuck with some duds Fortunately this wasn t one of them With a writing style that s both conversational and lyrical, Divakaruni engulfs you in a heady blend of mysticism, romance, and realism as complex and sensual as the spices she writes about The story takes place in a little shop in Oakland, of all places, where an old woman named Tilo sells spices Ostensibly she suggests spices to flavor dishes, but secretly they treat the spiritual ailments of her customers Because mystical background music Tilo isn t really an old woman she s an immortal Mistress of Spices in disguise, endowed with special powers to see into people s souls and heal them through the spices that both aid and rule her The story of her magical apprenticeship you re not just born a Mistress of Spices is beautifully balanced with stories of her customers and their struggles with family, love, work, or navigating a new country The storyline was unusual, but almost as unexpected for me was to see Oakland as a city with interesting neighborhood characters, not just as an ugly crime capital that I drive through only if I absolutely have to, or if I miss the 680 turnoff and get stuck on 880 Anyway, I thought this book was as delightful as it was intriguing This book belongs on a Harlequin Mills Boon bookshelf I picked it up expecting something quite different from the lukewarm and soggy story telling it contained Perhaps the author was aiming for magic realism but ended up with a mishmash of genres and not one that was well developed The story revolves around a woman who had a weird past that has no real connection to her present She inhabits an old body for no good reason other than she might actually be that old the book meanders about This book belongs on a Harlequin Mills Boon bookshelf I picked it up expecting something quite different from the lukewarm and soggy story telling it contained Perhaps the author was aiming for magic realism but ended up with a mishmash of genres and not one that was well developed The story revolves around a woman who had a weird past that has no real connection to her present She inhabits an old body for no good reason other than she might actually be that old the book meanders about the years and years spent here and there She is supposed to adhere to some rules in order to keep her powers which are knowing the spice remedies for curing emotional maladies but when she breaks them, her powers are not taken away, in fact, she might even be promoted for her intransigence It makes no sense, not even symbolically In addition, the reader loses all interest after the umpteenth convolution surrounding an old hag in a hole in the wall grocery store.She falls for some dark haired American and the only reason the author seems to provide is that his clothes look expensive Despite being good looking himself, he loves for no apparent reason and not in a platonic way this old hag in rags And then he kisses her and has sex And then she turns curt with him in the typical self sacrificial mode common to romance novels But it all ends happily ever after though not for me as I was brain dead at that point The language is completely inane and the patois affected by the author leaves one cold Good idea poorly executed The poetic language lauded in other reviews is over the top and gets obnoxious quickly The author has an odd form of Tourrete s that makes her spit out similies eyes dark as a tropical night that aren t necessarily half bad , but there are so many of them they begin to grate The author follows The unimaginative trend Of chopping up sentences Into fragments In the name of art Which wasn t cool even the first time it was done By someone else.The title chara Good idea poorly executed The poetic language lauded in other reviews is over the top and gets obnoxious quickly The author has an odd form of Tourrete s that makes her spit out similies eyes dark as a tropical night that aren t necessarily half bad , but there are so many of them they begin to grate The author follows The unimaginative trend Of chopping up sentences Into fragments In the name of art Which wasn t cool even the first time it was done By someone else.The title character is put in an old woman s body for no real reason other than it seems the author thought an old crone tending a mystical spice shop seemed appropriate And that makes the romance difficult to swallow The spices have arbitrary rules for their mistress that seem designed merely to add conflict to the story The stories of the characters she helps are cliches in Indian American writing, and each has a neatly packaged, simple resolution when the problem iscomplex view spoiler She causes a destructive earthquake, but she gets her man, so it s a happy ending Really I appreciate the message of a life dedicated to helping others But as a novel it could have been so muchhide spoiler