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Laura Esquivel tells the unforgetable story of Jubilo a man born with the unique ability to bring people together. He could also see into the hearts of men if sun spots didn't interrupt the flow of electricity that provided him with his power. He works as a telegrapher in a South American country when the telegraph was the fastest means of communication, and Esquivel uses his job as a methphor to demonstrate his abilities.
The story opens with Jubilo, bed-ridden after a stroke left him speechless, being tended to by his daughter because his beloved wife and he were estranged. The question is: How could a loving and kind man, endowed with the gift of laughter and joy, be separated from the only woman he ever loved? Esquivel carries the reader back to his youth and caressingly explains the irony of fate that made him uncommunicative.
The book is in the tradition of "Love in the Time of Cholera", but not as dense.
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