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  • Posted July 26, 2014


    In one word: awful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    very disappointing book. again we see the same theme of Cuba an

    very disappointing book. again we see the same theme of Cuba and Castro and exile. a story told sooooo many times already that I have lost interest in reading anything else by a Cuban Author. they seem to just want to write about the same subject. please, there is soooo much history and wonderful tales to be told about Cuba and Cubans. break away from the same theme of Castro!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2002

    A different experience

    Dreaming in Cuban, a book by Cristina Garcia, portrays the life of a family who originated in Cuba and later spread out. The different point of views in life both political and religious creates conflict amongst the family causing them to divide. The author let¿s the reader tag along each characters life and observing their own point of view on their current situation. Dreaming in Cuban is filled with lively images, which makes the reader feel as if he or she was present at the time the event was taking place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2002

    What a nightmare!

    After I finished reading the novel, I asked myself what did I get from the novel. Maybe, a sense of mixed feelings, which it was quite unpleasant. I could not identify myself with any of the novel¿s characters. All of them were mad, obsessive, killers, or spiritually ill. And, I wrongfully thought my family was dysfunctional. Mine is actually a walk in the park. All the characters, sentimentally speaking, are crippled and handicapped from loving, at least for what I understand love is. Love should be something sincerely felt and unselfish. In this case, they all have a hidden agenda. There is always an ulterior motive in all of the character¿s actions. Nothing is done upfront. The characters betray and stab each other¿s back constantly. Nothing is safe from the long reaching hand of hatred. The characters do not feel any guilt or remorse, and everything they do is accepted quite easily and normally by the others no matter how heinous their actions are. This malicious quality goes beyond the notion of the before and after of ¿El Lider.¿ It is something that has to do with the matrix of the characters. The dough from where they were made up looks like it was rancid or spoiled. It reminds me of the story of the scorpion and the turtle. Once upon a time, a scorpion and a turtle met on the riverbank waters. The scorpion asked the turtle to help him to cross the river, but the turtle replied that she was not stupid. She knew that the scorpion¿s claw would sting her at the first chance. The scorpion promised that he would not do such a thing. Finally, the turtle was convinced by the promises of the scorpion, and complied with the scorpion¿s request. When they were almost at the middle of the river, the turtle felt a painful puncture and a warm deadly rush running through her veins. The turtle, mortally wounded, asked the scorpion why. ¿Why did you do that? You promised that you would not do it. Don¿t you know that now both of us will drown?¿ The scorpion replied, ¿I am sorry. I cannot help it. It is on my nature.¿ This is what scares me the most. All of the drama and violence the characters display towards one another seems to be quite natural. Nobody expects any different, and the writer does not express any opinions about it. I do not know if I got the wrong impression of the book. Maybe, it is because Garcia and I dream in different languages. Maybe, this is the reason why I did not get her message across. After finishing reading Dreaming in Cuban, the only feelings I had were pity and disgust for all of the novel¿s characters. I took a peak into this well of the dammed, and I did like what I saw at the bottom of this dark and treacherous hole. There are no heroes in the novel, only villains. I guess that for one to really enjoy this book, one needs to fill out some requirements. Luckily, it seems like I do not possess any of them. One has to understand, and respect, Santeria, politics, and the particular idiosyncrasy of the novel¿s characters in order to fully appreciate the novel. As the writer rephrases the words of ¿El Lider¿ in the last chapter: ¿Within the revolution, everything; against the revolution, nothing¿(235). Likewise, there are not a lot of options concerning the book. It is uninviting and excluding. I was under the impression that there was a sign on the entrance book¿s door, which says, ¿Members only, The Management.¿ One either agrees with the novel, or one does not. I, particularly, did not.

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