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The Tower Struck by Lightning

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Acclaimed Spanish avant-garde playwright Arrabal has delivered himself of a bracingly intelligent, caustically funny first novel. Rebellious, artistic, ex-Jesuit seminarian Elias Tarsis, an Andorran Spaniard, is locked in struggle with Marc Amary, a coldly brilliant Swiss physicist turned financial speculator and Marxist terrorist. The battlefield: the final game of the wo ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 1991 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 1983)
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Christopher Staley
Oct 01, 2007 Christopher Staley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in history, philosophy
You can't get any weirder or better than this one. The Tower Struck just goes to show that you can make your main characters blatant symbols and have your book not suck if you make it about chess and feature a creepy talking Mickey Mouse doll. Why bend a few rules when you can break them all.

Arrabal's pretty well known for his plays, but it's beyond me why he's not more famous than he is. His theater is far better than the annoying Ianesco (sp?), and his novels stand up to the weirder literature
About halfway through I got bored and started skimming. Just wasn't interested in all the stuff the two main characters did leading up to the final chess match. Sure am glad I didn't pay much for this book. Just didn't do anything for this reader although the chess play was good.
Margo Solod
i love books about chess, which is odd, as i don't play it. and this is a magnificent read, clever, at times surreal, and yet the author is so skilled you are willing to go along for the ride. anywhere.

the guy who wrote this was friends with Jodorowsky who directed those movies El Topo and Holy Mountain
Absolutamente genial.
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Fernando Arrabal Terán (born August 11, 1932 in Melilla, Spain) is a Spanish playwright, screenwriter, film director, novelist and poet. He settled in France in 1955, he describes himself as “desterrado,” or “half-expatriate, half-exiled.”

Arrabal has directed seven full-length feature films; he has published over 100 plays, 14 novels, 800 poetry collections, chapbooks, and artist’s books; several
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