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A Cuban writer, Reinaldo Arenas, writes about his life under the persecution from Fidel Castro's dictatorship in 'Before Night Falls.' Arenas describes how he made the most out of life in a repressive state and how his contemporaries lived in a marginal society with the aid of dreams and magical realism. Reinaldo Arenas lived out his life exiled in the United States.   
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The review of this Book prepared by Daniel Luera-Sierra

"Before Night Falls" charts Arenas' Journey from the days of his youth in the poverty stricken countrysideto the nights of pain he endured under the Castro Regime. The reader is immediately impressed at this man's determination to simply be who he is, at any cost- and those costs were very high. He lost his friends to an informer culture, his freedom to a police state simply for expressing himself- he suffered for years, and survived AIDs to write this book. "Before Night Falls" is Arenas' damning insight into the barbarity of the police state. Through him we see how easily freedoms can be taken away; that when they are, we must fight for them. He wrote even when death was closing around him, and that gives the reader hope,if not a chill that his talent brought him to that extreme.

The review of this Book prepared by Stephen Kinsella

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   surviving repressive dictatorship Conflict:    -   Russian commies!

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   The Caribbean Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   Caribbean Islands Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy    -   orgies    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Weiner talk!    -   two guys doing it Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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