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Tarantula Paperback – 10 Nov 2005

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  • 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)

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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)

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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.

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I bought this book having seen the Almodovar film "The Skin I Live In" (which got under my skin!) as I had read it was based on this book.

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.
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Jonquet's novel makes compulsive reading where you find yourself nearing an end you think cannot happen,it does! and i'm not giving away anything. A pimping plastic surgeon,vegetative madwoman and would be Kaspar Hauser along with some very dark humerous moments make for a nonstop roller ride!The writing is short and precise and gothic in every sense of the word.
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The real tarantula is the relish with which Jonquet presents his deliciously deviant, Noir-like world, immersing you in quietly terrifying ideas which ensnare your imagination. His masterly manipulation of words constructs a plot concerned with the forced re-invention of a captive and is permeated by a air of sinister, psychologically thrilling unease. The gradual dismantling of an individual's nature and physical self, the speed at which free will and personality ebbs away, leaving only an empty shell that's vulnerable to re-creation at the hands of a Frankenstein - this is Jonquet's domain.
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Even though the description said the book was used it still looked pretty decent as if it was new. The book itself was a good read and I like how it goes into a lot more depth and detail in the characters, but it doesn't mean I like the book more than the movie because I love both interpretations of Thierry Jonquet's story :D
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Tarantula takes weird, crazy and disturbing to a whole new level. I knew nothing of this novel until I heard about the film The Skin I Live In, which was based on this book. At the time the film was not coming out for several months but I was so curious about it that I had to read the book first.

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.
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A short, direct thriller of a book. Simple narrative with a steady flow. Plotline very straightforward.

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.
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This short, direct thriller is an excellent example of French noir. Jonquet presents the reader with a series of strange characters and scenarios that gradually lead towards a shocking denouement. Often pared back, the writing can seem brutal and even perverse (with obvious links to de Sade), but it makes for an engrossing experience. Richard Lafargue is a fascinating character, as is the imprisoned Eve; the relationship between the two is developed in places and kept vague in others to successfully maintain the drive of the narrative.
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By R.D.Lee on 13 Oct. 2011
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A very short book indeed. I agree with some of the other comments. It was stilted in parts. I've yet to see the film - usually the other way around for me - film then book.

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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