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Book Title: Tropical Night Falling|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 34.49 MB
v The author of the book: Manuel Puig
Edition: Simon & Schuster
Date of issue: November 1st 1991
ISBN 13: 9780671679965
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Read full description of the books Tropical Night Falling: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 power to throw some light on shadowy processes and impulses coursing beneath our social networks, and so add some wonder, however perverse, sad, or tragic, to our daily lives.
Tropical Night Falling is no different, and in fact of the three I’ve read so far it’s characters are the most normal, their concerns the most mundane, yet the constant current of sexual oddity and relentless desire remains, in the midst of the lives of the two octogenarian sisters through and by whom this story is told.
It is a gossipy story – two cohabiting elderly sisters chattering - that slowly evolves into a story of death, disillusion, common tragedy, and everyday sexual perversion. Though I’d have to reread to determine if the first section is too long, there is no doubt that the slow build-up helped provide the latter third with an emotional wallop. As well as getting more emotionally and thematically tangled toward the end, it also obliquely explores themes of the afterlife – not that Puig purports an afterlife, but he does provide the unknowing illusion of one as one sister continues to correspond with the dead other as she thinks the other is still alive – which in turn touches on themes of reality and unreality and how our lives can be informed by one as much as the other: suspecting a good person of having evil intentions, allowing a pervert to insinuate himself into your life because you mistake him for an angel, etc. Small tragedies that are inherent threads in the fabric of our lives. As our realities are composed of personal relationships, and as people are near bottomless reservoirs of confused desires, reality itself is inextricably composed of the false and the true; our confused desires the only guiding light we have, with some untouched purity perhaps acting, through buried memories, as a cloud-covered pole star.
It sounds messy, and it is, but in Puig’s world the connections made between people, however based on errant perception or self-centeredness, are still warm and touching, probably because tinged with a desperate fragile need we all know is always there. Though Tropical Night Falling is in many ways a slow train wreck of random lives colliding, I came out of it feeling the need to remain attached to those people I know (and even those people I might know) because in this world other people are all we have, and only other people can satisfy, even if only slightly or not at all – even dissatisfaction is a form of satisfaction - the tangles of desires which compose us.
Read information about the authorManuel 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.
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