Tropical Night Falling
by Manuel Puig
From one of Latin America's most celebrated writers--author of Kiss of the Spider Woman--comes his poignant yet hard-edged final novel. At the heart of the story are two elderly Argentine sisters who share a life of gentle gossip. But through their conversations, Puig reveals the chaotic, violent lives of their neighbors.
Hardcover, 189 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Simon & Schuster
(first published 1988)
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Though Puig’s books are often (always?) conveyed via dialogue, letters, newspaper articles, police reports, etc. , giving them the appearance of experimental literature, they are relatively easy reads and concern themselves with the emotional lives of rather ordinary people. Granted, these “ordinary” people often have odd obsessions and sexual proclivities, but they are nevertheless ordinary in that they could be anyone - a neighbor, a family member, ourselves. In this way his novels have the po...more
Brutally charming story of two elderly sisters from Argentina that live in Rio and love to gossip. And talk about life. But then reality enters the picture and things get a bit more brutal. Great characters created from letters and conversation only! Very rewarding on many levels.
This was a very interesting book. I particularly liked the second half of it which largely took place in the form of correspondence. The two elderly sisters loved each other and each others company very much. When Nilda was left alone, she tried to reach out to those around her but, unhappily, not with the results that she had hoped for.
Manuel Puig (born Juan Manuel Puig Delledonne) was an Argentinian author. Among his best known novels are La traición de Rita Hayworth (1968) (Betrayed by Rita Hayworth), Boquitas pintadas (1969) (Heartbreak Tango), and El beso de la mujer araña (1976) (Kiss of the Spider Woman), which was made into a film by the Argentine-Brazilian Director, Héctor Babenco and in 1993 into a Broadway musical.More about Manuel Puig...