- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Serpent's Tail (10 Nov. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1852428953
- ISBN-13: 978-1852428952
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,137,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tarantula Paperback – 10 Nov 2005
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Reads like an unholy collaboration between Sade and Sartre... Much like Poe's tales of terror, Tarantula is a story that invites both respect and repulsion (Washington Post)
Film by Almodovar, based on Jonquet's novel, starring Antonio Banderas to be released widely in the UK on 26 August --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is a fairly short gothic style thriller. I did enjoy it and it's definitely worth reading. It's about a plastic surgeon with a beautiful wife he apparently keeps captive.
I was never bored and kept page turning.
However, the writing style is fairly average; it suffers from that amateur style of third person "telling the reader" something, rather than "showing them". eg. Richard was in a rage; rather than a description of the sort of things people do or say in a nasty rage.
There are some plot differences with the film and it's worth reading out of interest if you liked the film. But they are very different creatures. The film is like sophisticated world class soprano; whereas the book is more like a pretty reasonable nightclub singer in a local dive.
I'd score this book a healthy 3.5 stars. It's better than "it's OK" but not "I *really* like it". Worth reading as an accompaniment to the film; but won't set the world on fire on its own merits.
This is a fairly short book but it is great quality content, the story is like nothing else. I can not give away the plot here, but be warned, it is dark and twisted, and very disturbing.
If you have seen the film, which I now have, but not read the book, be aware that the story is not exactly the same and the ending in particular differs. I think I slightly prefer the book but both are worth your time if you enjoy the bizzare.
Very clever and superbly written although rather short. I guess good things come in small packages.
Highly recommended if you prefer a short, snappy read that's a little on the 'dark' side.
I will certainly keep an eye for more work by this promising author.
My main gripe with the book is the Americanisation of French literature. Why Oh why must European books and authors be mutilated with American spellings and terminology? The French do not use the terms 'movie', 'fries' or 'rube'. It's nothing less that linguistic imperialism. As such the progression of the story is halted by these grave errors. Why not go the whole hog and set the story in the Bronx instead of Paris?
The ending can be predicted about a third from the final chapter. Not very good. Hopefully Almodovar's offering will be much better.
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Amazing. We really should have more of Jonquil in English translation.Published 14 months ago by N.A.D.Carey
Great short novel. Horrific, terrifying and heartbreaking, yet somewhat romantic too.Published on 29 Aug. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Tarantula by French writer Thierry Jonquet is the novel upon which Pedro Almodovar based his 2011 film The Skin I Live In. Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2014 by R. A. Davison
This book arrived quickly and in excellent condition. The story is very cleverly crafted but also quite unpleasant at times and not a book that everyone would want to read.Published on 7 Dec. 2012 by Mrs. Jeanice E. Singh