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Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig
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Jul 21, 2011

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Read from July 14 to 21, 2011

This book basically consists of dialogue, and the two inmates have interesting conversations, but I am not sure what to think about the various films that Molina talks about, the numerous footnotes regarding theories on sexuality, and the ending after Molina and Valentin separate. When I take a step back and think about the overall flow of the plot, I feel like what's described can be considered somewhat ordinary. Two inmates get acquainted with each other, try to keep each other company, and adopt some ideas of the other inmate as they relate stories of their lives to pass the time. But maybe I am missing something. Was there something in the buildup that made their relationship special? Was the "kiss of the spider woman" an important transition into the ending that was meant to arouse strong emotions in the reader? Or maybe it is in the manner of presentation of the story that I should take more interest. I will mention that the first chapter that I read in the original Spanish was more enjoyable than the rest of the book that I read in the translated English version. As cliche as it is to say this, maybe something got lost in translation. But I am led to believe the translation didn't lose most of the original flavor, seeing how highly acclaimed this work is internationally. It certainly was an interesting read, and I am disappointed that I can only give 3 stars to this work, which I am inclined to attribute to my lack of comprehension at this point.

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Brooke Binkowski I think you are missing something :) It's a love story.

Brooke Binkowski Sort of.

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