Travelers' Tales Cuba: True Stories

Travelers' Tales Cuba: True Stories

by Tom Miller
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1932361103

ISBN-13: 9781932361100

Pub. Date: 09/09/2004

Publisher: Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated

From revolution to embargo, from the charms of old Havana to the beaches of the Bay of Pigs, from the hypnotic rhythms of Caribbean music to voodoo influences, Cuba is a country of passion and complexity, a political dinosaur on the verge of dramatic change. Travelers’ Tales Cuba is an eye-opening literary ensemble, in which Cuba emerges with all its

Overview

From revolution to embargo, from the charms of old Havana to the beaches of the Bay of Pigs, from the hypnotic rhythms of Caribbean music to voodoo influences, Cuba is a country of passion and complexity, a political dinosaur on the verge of dramatic change. Travelers’ Tales Cuba is an eye-opening literary ensemble, in which Cuba emerges with all its strengths and weaknesses, convictions and contradictions.

In Travelers’ Tales Cuba:

• Swivel your hips with Stephanie Elizondo Griest as she dances with Havana’s mistress of rumba
• Pick up hitchhikers with Dave Eggers and meet the starting center for the Cuban women’s national basketball team
• Feel the heartbeat of Cuba on late night musical excursions with Henry Shukman
• Learn the Cuban secret to life—making the most of what you have—with Cristina Garcia
• Join Patrick Symmes on his search for the Ernesto "Che" Guevara legend
• Glimpse the quirks, charm, and creativity of Cubans on an unusal bus ride with Eduardo Galeano... and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932361100
Publisher:
Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/09/2004
Series:
Travelers' Tales Guides
Pages:
295
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionxiii
Mapxviii
Part 1Essence of Cuba
The Bus3
An Elegiac Carnival5
Simple Life14
Finding My House in El Cerro18
Communism and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance22
Ticket to Ride34
Picture This38
Under Havana's Hood42
Sweet Thing46
Havana When It Rains51
Making Music55
Havana Then and Now65
Part 2Some Things to Do
Viva Los Diplomats79
Slow-Motion Island92
The House of Tango101
Fishing for Bone110
Museum Piece117
Bring on the Cubans!122
From Tip to Tail126
We All Scream for Ice Cream140
An Ernest Land145
Hitchhiker's Cuba156
Part 3Going Your Own Way
Party Time169
You Beautiful Doll176
Remember the Maine?181
The Revolution's Cradle191
Havana Journal199
Our Mailman in Havana203
High Top, Low Stubble206
Tuning with the Enemy215
Heroes of Tourism222
Es Cuba231
Part 4In the Shadows
The Conflicted Tourist245
A Strawberry and Chocolate Goodbye248
Havana at Midnight254
Cemetery Blues264
Hasta La Victoria Sometimes270
Part 5The Last Word
Cycle of Love279
Recommended Reading283
Index287
Index of Contributors289
Acknowledgments291

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