Kiss of the Spider Woman Book Summary and Study Guide

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Valentin is a fierce marxist revolutionary who has lost a lover. Molina is a homosexual who loves movies, accused of child molesting. They are odd cellmates in an Argentinean prison, and begin as opposites: Valentin thinks Molina is troublingly superficial; Molina believes Valentin overestimates ideals over feelings. Authorities try to use Molina as a way of getting information about Valentin's activist friends, but get no information.
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Every night Molina narrates a movie, becomes a maternal figure when Valentin suffers from food poisoning, and they gradually become closer friends, changing each other dramatically.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   life in prison Kind of sex:    -   two guys doing it Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Taboo sex story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   1 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   South Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   two guys doing it Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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