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  • Posted January 17, 2012

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    This was a good read, but in the end lacked something....

    Telex from Cuba takes place during times of much upheaval for Cuba. This story of several American families working for American mining and sugar processors intertwines great detail of their lives with the history of a revolt that includes such historical figures as Fidel and Raul Castro, Duvalier, and Trujillo as well as mentions of Ernest Hemmingway and Henry Cabot Lodge. I particularly liked the descriptions of the countryside and of Havanna and became particularly attached to Everly, an odd young girl that grows up in the mining town that her father oversees. For the amount of characters, the revolutions and upheavals, and for the issues that ex-pats had going on in their personal lives, I felt the novel was much too short, I felt a little cheated as the author seemed to rush to wrap things up, as if she didn't trust the reader or her skills to keep us on the edge of our seats....thus making this book passable but not great. I am glad I read it, but would not choose to re-read it. One of the things this book did deliver on for me was the realization that I know very little of the history of this island although much of this took place during my childhood years and some of the players continue to affect history today. This was a book for our local book club.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Great look at pre-Castro Cuba

    A fascinating look at the lives of Americans and other foreigners living and working in Cuba prior to and during the Cuba Revolution. The story is a bit hard to follow in parts, and it helps to have some knowledge of the 20th century history of Cuba. Having traveled to Cuba a few times I found it very interesting and another perspective on the U.S. involvement in the island before Castro.

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