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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2001

    Beautiful City, Beautiful Book

    While a little expensive, this wondrous volume is worth every penny. The photos are lavish and Lobo Montalvo's text guides you like an old friend through the joys of Havana, and not just La Habana Vieja. It makes you a little sad knowing that Havana doesn't have sufficient funds to restore the numerous treasures in the city. Buildings, like novels, tell stories; they tell us the history of a neighborhood and a city, show us the styles popular in various eras, provide people with a sense of place, beautify neighborhoods, can be symbols of pride for a community and, above all, give us refuge. When we lose our buildings, we lose a piece of ourselves. All thanks goes to Lobo Montalvo for her love and pride in La Habana, so that we may too enjoy its magic.

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