This section provides a short description of all the major characters in the book. This can be printed out as a study guide for students, used as a "key" for leading a class discussion, or you can jump to the quiz/homework section to find worksheets that incorporate these descriptions into a variety of question formats.
Valentin Arregui Paz - This character is a Marxist revolutionary imprisoned for his political activism. His cellmate is a homosexual window-dresser with no political convictions whatsoever. This character is at first disdainful of his cellmate because of his homosexuality. Nevertheless, this character is willing to listen to his descriptions of some of his favorite classic Hollywood movies in order to pass the time.
Marta - This character is a former lover of another character, whom he renounces because she is from the upper classes and therefore considered the oppressive enemy against...
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