Text Ü The Discovery of Chocolate Ô James Runcie
The Discovery of ChocolateS of dramatic episodes that are evocative witty and thought provoking from revolutionary Paris to Freud’s Vienna Fry’s Bristol and Hershey’s Pittsburgh Diego and his ever faithful greyhound Pedro seek the perfection of chocolate and the meaning of li I found this a rich and intriguing book covering continents and centuries Love passion and best of all chocolate''In 1518 the 20 year old Diego leaves Seville bound for Mexico where he joins Cortes's conuistadors and falls in love with the beautiful Ignacia When Diego is ordered back to Spain Ignacia gives him a parting gift a chocolate drink the elixir of life and the promise that If you are alive then I am alive Never cease in your search for me But returning to Mexico he finds only her grave and so begins his wanderings sometimes dictated by the forces of history sometimes by his own whims Through an eternity of travel he and Pedro reach Chiapas the city of Ignacia's birth where he discovers that time has slipped by a century Full of incident made piuant by the introduction of significant figures along the way Diego soon finds himself locked in the Bastille It's 1788 and he swaps chocolate recipes with the Maruis de Sade Then on to Vienna to create sachertorte Fervent with uestions yet filled with despair about life's meaning he begins his weekly visits to Freud And all the while his droll scrapes punctuate his slightly overdone gloom On board ship to America Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas solace him with talk of love and food The early 1900s find him once in Mexico a man old in wisdom but still virile in his ways''
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The Discovery of Chocolate Book Ë 250 pages Download ´ Randarenewables ´ A wonderfully inventive and entertaining journey through time and the history of chocolateThe Discovery of Chocolate is a fabulous tale as rich and exotic as the gorgeous creation that Diego de Godoy first discovers when he arrA wonderfully inventive and entertaining journey through time and the history of chocolateThe Discovery of Chocolate is a fabulous tale as rich and exotic as the gorgeous creation that Diego de Godoy first discovers when he arrives in Mexico with Cortes an Mr Runcie captures all the enchantment and excitement of discovery In his capable hands love passion and the very scent of chocolate seem to peel from the page This is a sublime book entwining the history of the Conuistadors and a magical journey to reclaim lost loveall wound up with the magic that is chocolate A New World delicacy found by Old World travelers chocolate has never seemed seductive delicious transforming than it does here in this lyrical tale of Diego de Godoy’s dangerous voyage to bring back a treasure for a spoiled aristocratic beauty and the native woman who captures his heart instead
James Runcie Ô The Discovery of Chocolate Epub
D his conuistadorsDiego is seeking his fortune in the New World What he finds is love and chocolate and an elixir of life Separated from his lover he must wander the world and the centuries in search of the fulfilment that he first knew in MexicoIn a serie This book had an interesting premise but sadly never uite delivered in the writing A Spanish conuistador falls in love with a Mexican girl but circumstances drive them apart When he leaves she gives him a drink of enchanted chocolate which extends his life and slows his aging to allow him to return to her at a time when they can be together Conseuently he wanders through time with Pedro his greyhound companion in search of chocolate and love However far time and attention is given to the chocolate in this book The descriptions of chocolate making baking experimenting and eating are rich and sensuous and instantly made me hungry In fact the food writing is what makes this book interesting to readThe remainder of the plot does not fare so well The time travel element surely an essential part of the plot was made to seem almost incidental and there was no attempt to make it either logical or consistent That the main character did not react with any surprise or disorientation to the completely unpredictable passage of time and so it comes across as a lack of development on the part of the author rather than a deliberate device The characters were mostly undeveloped but this bothered me less than I expected as their appearances in the narrative were so fleeting I did enjoy Diego's brushes with real historical figures painfully contrived as they were but they seemed an incidental rather than integral part of the story Not enough was made of them often they were unrelated to either love or chocolate and so they did not really fit into the rest of the narrative Ultimately I suppose it's difficult to write an interesting account of a man who very rapidly finds his own life uninteresting and repetitive