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En la vida de Richard Lafargue, un respetable cirujano plástico, hay dos mujeres: Viviane y Éve. La primera es su hija, una muchacha precozmente envejecida que sufre los estragos de la locura encerrada en un manicomio. La segunda es una joven sofisticada y sensual que atrae a cualquier hombre que se cruza en su camino (a excepción de Richard). Para Éve, Richard ha preparad ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Ediciones B (first published 1984)
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I watched the film adaptation by Pedro Almodovar titled "The Skin I Live in" ("La Piel que Habito") in 2011. I liked a lot the movie and when I found out that it was based on a novel, I decided that eventually I will read it.

Finally it happened. First of all, taking out the major surprise in the storyline (don't worry, I won't spoil it), both stories are quite different, so it helped to appreciate the novel, while being the original story, and still have some surprises or unexpected developments
°°°·.°·..·°¯°·._.· ʜᴇʟᴇɴ Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος ·._.·°¯°·.·° .·°°° ★·.·´¯`·.·★ Ⓥⓔⓡⓝⓤⓢ Ⓟⓞⓡⓣⓘⓣⓞⓡ Ⓐⓡⓒⓐⓝⓤⓢ Ταμετούρο   Αμ
Οι ουράνιες θεϊκές και δαιμονικες δυνάμεις να σε φυλάνε απο τους ιστούς της αράχνης που υφαίνονται σε αυτή τη δηλητηριώδη ιστορία.
Ανατριχιαστική- σκοτεινή - φρικτή-ευχάριστα θα έλεγα εκδικητική απο την πλευρά του αρρωστημένου πατέρα-ακραία ερωτική και καθόλου αστυνομική αυτή η επιεικώς τέλεια γραφή σε νοσηρό φόντο.

Αρχίζει η εξιστόρηση μιας βατής ιστορίας μυστηρίου τριών επιπέδων - ανώμαλων θα έλεγα- ανεξάρτητων μεταξύ τους τουλάχιστον ως ένα σημείο. Αργότερα όσο προχωράει η ανάγνωση και γνωρίζ
JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust by: Beth

I started this book w/ minimal expectations and in return they were met 10 fold. TARANTULA is MOST DEFINITELY NOT FOR EVERYONE …. This tale will test the readers patients, endurance, frustration level and fundamental math skills **1+1= ? .. WHAT?**...... Here's a little glimpse of emotions you can expect to endure....

..okay, you’ve been warned.

The chaos begins with the Dapper Richard Lafargue summoning Eve in this manner--> "For God sakes, hurry up you
Nickolas the Kid
Από τις πιο ευχάριστες και ανατριχιαστικές αναγνωστικές εμπειρίες για την φετινή χρονιά. Η υπόθεση εξελίσσεται πραγματικά σαν να ιστός αράχνης και κάθε σελίδα του βιβλίου είναι ενδιαφέρουσα, σκοτεινή, μυστήρια και κυρίως άμεση στον αναγνώστη…

Ο Ζονκέ «υφαίνει» τον ιστό της πλοκής με απόλυτη δεξιοτεχνία. Οι ανατροπές και οι αποκαλύψεις είναι τόσο γρήγορες και καταιγιστικές που στην κυριολεξία τρακάρουν μεταξύ τους και ο θόρυβος που προκαλούν είναι ανατριχιαστικός… Υπήρξαν φορές που η έκπληξη ήταν
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
{*5 STARS*}


Θα ομολογήσω την τελείως αρνητική μου στάση απέναντι στο συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο!
Με βαριά καρδιά ξεκίνησα να το διαβάζω για το χατήρι της μαμάς μου,που με παρότρυνε να το ξεκινήσω,εκθειάζοντάς το μου,μεχρί που με έπεισε!

Στην αρχή παρέμεινα αρκετά δύπιστη,καθώς ξεκινάει η ιστορία χωρί
Kynthos-the-Archer (Kyn)
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who could appreciate a good disturbing mind fuqking - crime and psychological thriller genre.

Please try to refrain from looking at my shelf tags for this book. Unless of course you don't mind spoiling this book before you could get to it. You have been adequately warned.

Rating: 4.5 stars

What a twisted book with a twisted ending to match. I was left aghast and reeling with mixed emotion after finishing it.

Be ready for a dark and twisted story driven by hate and fear. It all started with a crime of lust and selfish indulgence which lead to the destruction of an innocent young girl. But
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen

My first hunch was correct.....*patting myself on the back

But I LOVED how the author incorporated doubt in that hunch over and over again.

And I especially loved the ending....can you consider that an HEA?? hahahaaa
Maybe you have to be a sick and deranged individual to enjoy this. Or maybe you need to be able to detach yourself a little from your own humanity and perceive human nature with a neutral eye. One thing is clear: Tarantula is not for the faint of heart.

For me, this is hands down the best revenge book I’ve ever read! I seriously can’t imagine a more terrifying form of revenge than the one presented here (and I assure you, I have a wild imagination). Complex type of vengeance too, if you think abo
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)

4.5 SHOCKING STARS!! In order to read this book, perseverance is a must.

Someone take me to a mental hospital:




NEWEST EDIT: Due to some enlightening of certain characters and plot twists, I am reading this one NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW.

Edit: I'll pick this one back up later. I have no darn clue what's going on, and these words aren't making sense to me.


How do you know me
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*****5 Puzzling Stars*****

I am not sure how to begin, I can just tell you as I read this I felt like I was solving a puzzle.

Not a very easy to solve puzzle, at least for this girl, might I add. While I was reading it I had a million different possibilities as to what could possibly be going on.

The story is about Dr. Lafargue, an eccentric plastic surgeon. Dr. Lafargue keeps a woman, Eve, confined in his home. Eve is only permitted to leave the home for dinners, social obligations, oh and...when
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I don't even know if I can write a review right now. I think I may need some time to digest what I just read.
I'll try to review it anyway.

Was this a romance? Nope, can't say it was but some kind of twisted love came out of this and I'm left here asking "what the hell just happened?" (view spoiler)
Funny thing is I believed I knew what was playing out then I kept reading and started doubting myself, that will teach me go with my gut next time. But
Scarlet Cameo
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rc-15

Con un argumento muy interesante el libro se desenvuelve sin sorpresas, lo cual no hace que se torne aburrido pero tampoco conmemora lo impresionante que pudo haber sido sí hubiera tenido sólo un poco más de intensidad.

Richard e Éve mantienen una relación enfermiza, y la dos últimas páginas sí cambiaron mi percepción continuaron con algo que desde la tercera parte intuías pero no estabas del todo seguro sí pasaría. Richard es un personaje completamente enfermo y dañado, pero al que no lográs te
Đorđe Bajić
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller
Reč je o kratkom romanu koji se brzo čita, a koji još brže očitava ono što je velikog Almodovara privuklo ovom delu iz sada već davne 1984. godine. Tu je pre svega poigravanje sa pitanjima polnog i rodnog, potom uvek filmski potentan motiv osvete, te kao i kod većine francuskih literata sasvim odomaćena nonšalancija u prikazivanju devijantnog, bizarnog i/ili društveno neprihvatljivog. Da ne bude zabune, Žonkeova Tarantula je roman kao stvoren za ekranizaciju (a čini se da je i sam autor tako neš ...more
Carla ☺Did I Say That☺
4.5 *Holy Shit* Stars!!
Wow..where do I begin...first off this book is not for everyone..and I really mean that!!This book will test every ounce of patience you have..but the payoff is worth its wait in gold!!..

In all honesty..there were a few times I said screw done this is going on my DNF shelf..

But I'm so glad I didn't give up..because what a helluva mindfuck this one turn out to be!!
Now im gonna be vague with this one because to much info will give this story bare with me!!!
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Take my words, This book is fascinating.

The story is a brilliant but bizarre mixture of thriller and erotica, a complicative, finely crafted tale of revenge and suffering, domination and submission, (both mental and physical) abuse and tenderness, love and hate. It shows us a heart-stoppingly violent power struggle between two 'men' and two 'women', it revealed the complicated relationship between predator and prey, prisoner and jailer.

It's difficult to comment on Mygale without spoiling the su
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
OMFG two things came to mind when I was finished reading this one was pure revenge and just the karma bites you in the ass kind either and the other was coincidence on an epic scale and I can say no more with out writing spoilers in here (which I won't do).

This book was the biggest mind-fcuk I have ever read and I'm left not sure how I feel about any of the characters I blame Mygale for what he did? well yes but based on his reasons how can I? do I feel sorry for Eve? well yes but based
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Silvana by: JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
I love my dark reads, I love them clever, to leave me guessing and at the end to be completely blown away by elements I didn't forsee coming. Tarantula does that and more, what a clever short novel that packed a big punch, full of twists and turns. It sure left an big impact, the writing was skillful and engaging.

The main plot narrates the story of expert plastic surgeon, Richard Lafargue, a mysterious character who keeps a woman, Eve, captive in his home. Richard uses Eve to perform for him wit
Lissett Silva Ordosgoitti
2015 Reading Challenge #3: Un libro convertido en película.

Novela corta de lectura rápida por la ágil escritura del autor. Esta tiene como personajes principales a Richard, Éve y Viviane y muestra como sus vidas se entrelazan por un delito acontecido en el pasado. La historia muestra el lado oscuro de la humanidad y los limites que estamos dispuestos a romper con tal de hacer justicia por nuestra cuenta. Ojo por ojo, diente por diente . En lo personal es una historia directa, cruda, llena de
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ TrixieTracy Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
It's not often I pick up a short book and give it a 5 stars (if ever?) but this one really appealed to my inner dark and twisted psyche.

What doesn't usually work for me in short reads is they tend to miss out the build up of characters and momentum of a plot. However in this, the ambiguity of both the characters and plot is all part of the story line that builds its own momentum and impetus.

The writing is simple but effective, the story unique and base, together they are unusually seductive but
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a beautiful monstrosity of a book! I loved it, every twisted part of it. The story centres on famed plastic surgeon Richard Lafargue who has many secrets (ones you can't even begin to imagine to know) and Eve, his partner, who he keeps looked away in her room and forces her to do unspeakable things. Obviously it's an intriguing plot however nothing can really prepare you for Lafargue's reasoning behind his actions and the final outcome. Written by Thierry Jonquet, this makes for a must rea
Pamela ✨I Blame Wizards✨
Watching the film first may have been a mistake. The emotional punch and surprise were lost because I already knew the twist. Despite this however, 'Tarantula' was well written and translated and developed slowly, keeping it's sense of mystery for a final showdown at the end. If you haven't seen the film, it's absolutely brilliant. A perfect rendering of this dark tale, in which no one is the hero.
rated it it was amazing
Jun 29, 2013
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francesi
3,5 stelle.

Ho visto per caso il film di Almodóvar La pelle che abito e ne sono rimasta affascinata. Quando ho letto che si ispirava a un libro francese me lo sono procurata subito.
Non so quale delle due storie sia la più inquietante.
Richard Lafargue è un affermato chirurgo plastico, ma ai successi della vita pubblica corrisponde una tragica vita privata. E c'è un responsabile per il suo dolore, un giovane uomo che ha compiuto un atto oscenamente violento e che deve essere punito in modo altretta
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel was uncomfortable, strange and somewhat disturbing. Unlike anything I've read before, I really enjoyed it and it kept me guessing, even when I had a feeling of what was going on, I wasn't sure if that was what was actually happening or just my imagination at play. It is also incredibly well written I thought.

This is one of those stories where you can't say much or you'll give too much away, so I will try not to. It's about a man who keeps a young woman hostage. That's all you're going
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not really strong in the terms of plot or charactrization but it's really twisted and enjoyable to read about the relationship between these two really horrible people.
I don't think it would have worked if the two main characters weren't so equally messed up and guilty.(like how it didn't work in the movie. )
Also it was one of the most fucked up things I've ever read.
Not fucked up enough for Almodóvar apparently since he felt the need to add an unnecesary rapist furry in a tiger costum to his mo
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clocking in at around 120pp., Jonquet’s Mygale is a fast read indeed with a few twists and turns, one which in particular is a bit incongruous with what has happened before but which the movie totally ignored.

There were two main characters in the novel: Richard Lafargue, a renowned plastic surgeon, and Eve, who may or may not be his girlfriend. Lafarque has a weird penchant for humiliating Even when it suits him. He finds Johns for her and he watches from a distance and vicariously lives off thi
Oct 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great 'making you pay' story that reminds me of Franju's "Eyes Without a Face." It has that slightly surreal horror aspect to it. And many years later I am in Paris and looking for something to read in English, I found Joquet's "Tarantula." I purchased it and once I got on the plane i realized it was the British edition of "Mygale." So that was a disappointing moment. But alas I re-read the book.

Its a masterpiece! As I mentioned it does have that Franju horror aspect, but it is also a very nas
Saza Castellanos
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
No sabía que "La piel que habito" estaba basada en la novela. Me doy cuenta que ambas historias se complementan. Aunque me mantuvo emocionada hasta el final (lo leí en una sentada), pude apreciar algunos elementos que Almodóvar incorporó para enriquecer la historia, por algunos pocos puntos en los que flaquea la novela.
Mariano Hortal
No vi la película de Almodóvar, pero sí he leído esta joya perversa donde las casualidades se convierten en un leitmotif en sí mismas. Hay que reconocer que la mente maquiavélica del francés crea una de esas tramas donde todo es posible y el grado de enrevesamiento, a pesar de todo, resulta muy refrescante para el verano. No apto para estómagos sensibles…
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Thierry Jonquet was a French writer who specialised in crime novels with political themes. he was born in Paris; his most recent and best known novel outside of France was Mygale (2003), which was published in English translation as Tarantula in 2005 (Serpent's Tail). He wrote over 20 novels in French, including Le bal des débris, Moloch and Rouge c'est la vie.

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