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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Tropical Night Falling by Manuel Puig. From one of Latin America’s most celebrated writers–author of Kiss of the Spider Woman–comes his poignant yet hard-edged final novel. At the heart of the story are two elderly Argentine sisters who share a life of gentle gossip. But through their conversations, Puig reveals the chaotic, violent lives of their neighbors.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Tropical Night Fallingplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Tropical Night Falling. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Oct 22, Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

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. 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: 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.

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.

Uno de los verdaderamente grandes. Oct 22, Mateo R.

Una novela muy chismosa. I think what I liked the most of the novel is the tenderness of the voices who tell the story as they retell the hardships of life and love. Jun 18, Thompson rated it it was ok. Everything about this book was soap operish and trivial. Even the newspaper articles one of the character saves to read are about trivial subjects.

Lucy e Nidia sono due sorelle argentine ultraottantenni. Las protagonistas Luci y Nidia mantienen largas conversaciones sobre buenos y malos recuerdos, pero sobre todo, chismean sobre la vida amorosa de la vecina.

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Cae la noche tropical es un libro perfecto corto y entretenido para leer en cualquier momento. Jan 26, Ray rated it really liked it. A novel of language that flows with such fluidity and beauty that which is flawless.

Niche story of two elderly sisters that spend their days and nights in gossip pui conversation about all that is around them. A neighbor that holds much of their attention, loved ones that have passed, loneliness, morality, love death, politics.

Reading this book is like meeting your soul mate and talking all night on the phone til the sun arises and you both reluctantly hang up after many of, ” no you firsts.


Muy buena novela mabuel Puig. Puig es siempre genial. Por momentos parece que faltara cierta chispa, pero el libro, luego de un momento en que se ameseta, crece y crece.

Tropical Night Falling by Manuel Puig

El final, la hoja final, es simple y maravillosa. Jan 20, Belinda rated it liked it Shelves: This was a very interesting book. I particularly liked the second half of it which largely took place mwnuel the form of correspondence.

The two elderly sisters loved each other and each others company very much. When Nilda was left alone, she tried to reach out to those around her but, unhappily, not with the results that she had hoped for. Como siempre, Manuel Puig es brillante.

Tropical Night Falling

Una esplendida narrativa de Puig. Dec 02, Pedro Zavala rated it liked it. Las segundas lecturas son siempre buenas, si la obra es buena. I loved the narrative structure Puig nocbe. Most of the action was relayed to the reader by two sisters gossiping and visiting. The sisters are funny, sweet, sad, and all too human. A nice complement to Kiss of the Spider Woman. Different plot and subject matter, xae interesting connections between the books’ themes.

May 26, Celi rated it liked it. Celes Gp rated it it was amazing May 14, Francisco rated it really liked it Aug 16, Marco Sotgiu rated mxnuel it was amazing Jan 27, Anahi rated it it was amazing Jul 31, Gina rated it it was amazing Aug 22, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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