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Telex from Cuba: A Novel

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    A gorgeous color postcard of a country on the brink of revolution

    In Rachel Kushner's Telex from Cuba, she traces the lives of several families working in Oriente Province, Cuba in the 1950s shortly before Castro's revolution overthrew the Batista government. Told by three separate narrators, the novel paints a haunting portrait of a transplanted American community at odds with the jungle (and people) surrounding it, the volatile rebel movement bent on sabotaging the sugarcane crop, and the daily dramas in the lives of two children growing up during this time, K.C. Stites and Everly Lederer. <BR/><BR/>The various tales intertwine as daily life in Preston, home of the United Fruit Company's sugarcane operation, unfolds. Nearby town Nicaro, a nickel-mining town, also figures prominently as there is a large population of expat Americans living and working there. Preston is graced with massive Southern-style plantations, elite country clubs, and scores of Jamaican servants; the imported Haitian workers do the backbreaking labor of cane cutting, and occasionally cut down white employees with their machetes. This sort of American-in-Cuba utopia angers the locals, who feel exploited and back the Castro brothers' rebel revolution. The revolution is the climax, as various characters or their families are directly involved in one way or another. Kushner's novel is swept along by the tidal wave of change that would erase the distant memories of plantation houses in favor of Communist concrete, the elegant French-style ice cream parlors replaced by a massive Communist ice cream factory that provides ice cream for the masses rather than the elites that frequented them in the 1950s. <BR/><BR/>Kushner's portrait of Preston and Nicaro is one of unhappy Americans seeking escape in Cuba. Riveting in its historical portrayal and in its varied cast of narrators from all walks of life, Telex from Cuba is a gorgeous color postcard of a country on the brink of revolution.

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