Travelers' Tales 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 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932361100
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/9/2004
  • Series: Travelers' Tales Guides
  • Pages: 295
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.78 (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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