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Telex from Cuba: A Novel

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. In ne way, it is gor

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. In ne way, it is gorgously written. The style is wonderful But Ms. Kushner's characterizarion of the red-neck family is extremely insulting to me, a native of Louisiana. While unable to claim a "Cajun" backgbround, I have known many, and spent time in their homes all of my life. I NEVER came across any Acadians with names like the ones in this book, or any that acted so grossly. Cajuns do have very close family relationships, they hunt and fish cook outdoors often - snf gth food is fabulous! Most cajuns have a natural grace and elegance in their open hospitality and chairty to those around them.

    I also have many friends who came here as refugees following Castro's ruination of a very literate country, with a high standard of living. The depiction of Mr. Gonzales as typical of wealthy Cubans is ridiculous! These false and very prejudicial characerizations make me doubt the accuracy of the treatment of the history of this era.
    Given her academic background, I suspect that Ms. Kushner delighted in taking swipes at the "red" state of Louisiana, and in depicting Cuban-Americans as "oily" and criminal.

    I refer readers to the well-documented "Fidel:Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant" by Louisiana resident Humberto Fontova, author of three other books, and many magazine and on-line atricle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2009

    Dont Expect Much Depth

    I bought this book hoping to read more about Cuba and the political times rather than the families going to cocktail parties and complaining about fresh produce. I wanted more historical perspective and less Danielle Steele.

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