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Billed as a comedy, this last novel by the deceased Arenas, one of Cuba's best writers, is more of a bittersweet set of delusions of the wildness of life on the island of Cuba under Castro's dictaorship. At first it seems over the top as a parody of Cuban gay life, but as the pages turn there is much truth under the giggling. The book takes some toleration and endurance, but once started you're in for a delerious hispanic subculture ride! Arenas writes well!
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   boatload of casual sex without love Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   general liberal/left wing activism    -   racism!!!! Kind of living:    -   making "Ends Meat" by prostitution Kind of sex:    -   molestation    -   bestiality Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Main char. serviced by prostitute?    -   Yes Taboo sex story?    -   Yes Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   The Caribbean Jungles?    -   Yes Jungles    -   Alligators/Crocs Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   swimming on    -   feeding sharks Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   stranded City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous    -   Miami

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy    -   orgies    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Weiner talk! Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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