Cuba: True Stories

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From revolution to embargo, from the charms of old Havana to the beaches of the Bay of Pigs, from the hypnotic rhythms of Afro-Caribbean music to voodoo-influenced religious practices, Cuba is a country of passion and complexity. In this anthology, readers join Patrick Symmes on his motorcycle journey in search of the Che Guevara legend; glimpse Cubans’ quirks, charm, and industriousness on an unusual bus ride with Eduardo Galeano; and return with Enrique Fernandez to his ancestral home for a New Year’s ...
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From revolution to embargo, from the charms of old Havana to the beaches of the Bay of Pigs, from the hypnotic rhythms of Afro-Caribbean music to voodoo-influenced religious practices, Cuba is a country of passion and complexity. In this anthology, readers join Patrick Symmes on his motorcycle journey in search of the Che Guevara legend; glimpse Cubans’ quirks, charm, and industriousness on an unusual bus ride with Eduardo Galeano; and return with Enrique Fernandez to his ancestral home for a New Year’s celebration that rivals Carnaval. In this eye-opening literary journey, Cuba emerges with all its strengths and weaknesses, convictions and contradictions.
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Publishers Weekly
In Travelers' Tales Cuba: True Stories, editor Tom Miller (Trading with the Enemy) has gathered 38 essays by Western ex-pats, Cuban exiles and travelers of all stripes, including Cristina Garcia, Pico Iyer, James Michener, Andrei Codrescu and Robert Stone. Novelist Elisio Alberto recollects his 1970s stint at the magazine Cuba Internacional, "a real Gothic cave where chance had gathered together twelve or thirteen madmen who were not afraid of anybody or anything, not even of daydreaming, perhaps the bravest thing of all in this most extraordinary world designed by God or the Devil." From his rental car, Dave Eggars comes to understand something of Cubans' reality: "That becomes the point it had not been the plan at the outset but now is the mission, one thrust upon us the picking up of people, because, as we learn soon enough, the most common roadside scenery in Cuba, besides the horse-drawn wagons and broken-down classic American cars, is its hitchhikers." (Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Since it is illegal for U.S. citizens to vacation in Cuba (you need to have a journalistic, cultural, or educational purpose), for many this new book in the popular "Travelers' Tales" series may just be the next best thing. Sit back and enjoy the true tales of old Havana, of vivacious women in Spandex and the sultry men who appreciate them. Then bike across the island from east to west, trek the sites where the revolution began, tour the Isle of Youth (formally a prison center), or relax along the beaches of the north coast. In this 38-essay volume, whose contributors include such noted writers as Pico Iyer, James Michener, and Christina Garcia, the good times are skillfully balanced with the bad. Editor Miller, the author of the acclaimed Trading with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba, has intermingled here the essays on Cuba's rich cultural heritage with those dealing with its complex and still turbulent political system. The only complaint is that at times it seems as if the endings to these fascinating stories come too soon. Recommended for all public and academic libraries. Lee Arnold, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885211620
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Travelers' Tales Guides Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Map xviii
Part 1 Essence of Cuba
The Bus 3
An Elegiac Carnival 5
Simple Life 14
Finding My House in El Cerro 18
Communism and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 22
Ticket to Ride 34
Picture This 38
Under Havana's Hood 42
Sweet Thing 46
Havana When It Rains 51
Making Music 55
Havana Then and Now 65
Part 2 Some Things to Do
Viva Los Diplomats 79
Slow-Motion Island 92
The House of Tango 101
Fishing for Bone 110
Museum Piece 117
Bring on the Cubans! 122
From Tip to Tail 126
We All Scream for Ice Cream 140
An Ernest Land 145
Hitchhiker's Cuba 156
Part 3 Going Your Own Way
Party Time 169
You Beautiful Doll 176
Remember the Maine? 181
The Revolution's Cradle 191
Havana Journal 199
Our Mailman in Havana 203
High Top, Low Stubble 206
Tuning with the Enemy 215
Heroes of Tourism 222
Es Cuba 231
Part 4 In The Shadows
The Conflicted Tourist 245
A Strawberry and Chocolate Goodbye 248
Havana at Midnight 254
Cemetery Blues 264
Hasta La Victoria Sometimes 270
Part 5 The Last Word
Cycle of Love 279
Recommended Reading 283
Index 287
Index of Contributors 289
Acknowledgments 291
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2002

    A true glimpse of Cuban travel

    I would recommend this book to anyone planning a trip to Cuba. The variety of short stories helped me understand what daily life is like for the Cuban people and what to expect while down there. The stories were quick to read and entertaining. Doesn't really give specific places that are good to visit but more of a feel for the country and its people.

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