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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2007

    sick but enhancing

    This novel displays a love for writing but a lack of understanding of the priniciple of captivation. Caveats apply to the naive, as sickening images are juxtaposized to beautiful words. Not for all yet all for some.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2002

    Blood of many chickens

    In Julia Alvarez's 'Dreaming in Cuban' she gives a fictional account of a generation full of solace and heartbreak among social and political lines. Each character encounters some form of self-observation as each member of the Del Pino family learns to understand and deal with each other miles away from each other before any bloodshed is made. Unfortunately the story's flashbacks and difficult time frame loses the reader's interest. The design of each character's leaves me for one almost uninterested and the focal point of religion, as a backdrop is unrealistic and at times annoying. I for one had problems feeling anything for any of the characters especially Lourdes and Celia so called 'grudge' based on political ideology a socialist and a exile butting heads is enough to make you cringe. Pilar is the only character worth reading as she pushes her mother's button and questions everything that Lourdes has given her enough to make the old witch go nuts from communist books to running away to see her forgotten grandmother. No this is what family is really like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2002


    Three generations and four women dominate this story of a bewitched family. The setting for Cristina Garcia's first novel is Cuba and New York, where she was born and raised. Celia del Pino is the protagonist, a loyal follower of 'El Lider'. Thru her love letters to an old Spanish lover we find out much about the family. Her oldest daughter, Lourdes, is a fervent anti-communist, who immigrated to Brooklyn and realized the American dream of owning her own business. She is a traumatized rape victim, who feels her ony ally is her father. Thru magical realism she spends several years in conversation with him after he died. Only after he fades away can she finally pay a visit to her aging and dying mother in Cuba. Her daughter, Pilar, was born in Cuba the very year Castro took over. Raised in Brooklyn, punk artist and musician, yet longs for Cuba and her grandmother, who she maintains in psychic contact with. Felicia, the youngest daughter, remained in Cuba, even though she is apolitical. She suffers from bouts of insanity, is divorced, and has three dysfunctional children. Felicia's interest in Santeria, a Voodoo-type religion, gives us the opportuity to learn about it in a colorful and vivid fashion. The author uses an interesting twist of words that keep the reader amused, though melancholic and confused at times. The characterization is superb. Each character demands your attention and their complex relationship makes for good reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2002

    A family's struggle

    Dreaming in Cuban is an intricate story about a Cuban family¿s struggling with their devotion to their country, their family, and their lovers. Significant messages are creatively exposed through love letters. Cristina Garcia really did a remarkable job on this novel. A must read for all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2002


    In ¿Dreaming in Cuban¿, Cristina Garcia gives the reader an insight to a family divided by politics, religion, geography and opinions. Despite the many differences, the reader can feel the connection between the members of the three generations of the Del Pino family, specially between Celia and Pilar. Taking place in the post revolutionary Cuba and New York, the novel illustrates the different points of view of the advocates of pure communism and capitalism, none of which seems to be a model to follow. Also, through crude and dark descriptions of the characters, Garcia exposes the extremes of the human mind; extremes that could fall into paranoia, obsession, delusion, and madness. This is a melancholic book that makes the reader stop and think about life and death.

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