Kiss of the Spider Woman

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Book - 1991
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Sometimes they talk all night long. In the still darkness of their cell, Molina re-weaves the glittering and fragile stories of the film he loves, and the cynical Valentin listens. Valentin believes in the just cause which makes all suffering bearable; Molina believes in the magic of love which makes all else endurable. Each has always been alone, and always--especially now--in danger of betrayal. But in the cell, each surrenders to the other something of himself that he has never surrendered before.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1991, ©1978
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780679724490
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 21 cm


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Aug 22, 2012

The structure of this book is a little unusual and demands your constant attention or pretty soon you'll be hopelessly lost. So, not a great one if you're just looking to escape into a story. Still a very interesting book though. It's about the developing relationship between two inmates sharing a cell. One is in prison for rebelling against the government and the other for homosexuality. To pass the time, one man retells the plots of movies he saw before prison. I thought it was a really interesting dissection of the different dimensions of masculinity and what it means to be a man. At first, the footnotes seem kind of random and intrusive, but after a while I could see how they related to the main story.

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