Coffee in Cuba

Coffee in Cuba

by Robert Noble Graham


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Not so much a travel book as a manual on the underrated art of blundering abroad. This is written by one of the greatest exponents of the art. Few people have blundered around as adventurously and entertainingly Hopeless at reading maps but deals with bouncing desserts in the USSR. No sense of direction but finds how to be immortal from the knees down in ancient Greece. Blundering about some of the worl&dgrave;s most magical places can pay dividends. In a world where even taxi drivers do&ngrave;t know how to drive out of Havana he finds the magnificent area built by the Mafia and then the six lane highway to the Caribbean where the traffic stop for cattle crossing. In a vain search for quality cuisine he finds himself in the dark streets of Cubàs second city without a guide but then ends the evening in a club of miraculous musicians and mesmeric dancers. Can anywhere combine great food, wonderful buildings, friendly people and operatic lifestyle with chilling history better than Rome? Can anyone have blundered more profitably down its dark streets to some of the best food in Europe? Can any country hold more treasures,ancient and modern than Greece and its many islands. Learn how the ancient Greeks spoke to the dead and how the monks of Meteora created one of the most astonishing wonders. Not a travel book for the well organised, but one for those who like surprises and smiles along with reflections on history,food, language and 'the conveyor belt of human beaut&ygrave;. You will not find another travel book like it. You will be glad you have blundered into it.

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ISBN-13: 9781490507606
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/14/2012
Pages: 66
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.14(d)

About the Author

I was born in Glasgow at the end of the second world war. Events suggest the news of my birth brought about the immediate surrender of Japan. I took degrees in French and German and English largely to hide from the fact that I did&ngrave;t really want to join the working world. Ultimately I found employment in the publishing, oil and financial services industries, eventually running my own small financial services business which ran at a good profit despite the fact that much of my time was spent having tea and chocolate biscuits served to clients as they poured out their problems with ,wife ,children, mistress, prostate or the planning authorities.
I got married and had two wonderful children who are now successful scientists. Relationships can be difficult and I divorced in 1998.
All this time I wanted to write. I had some success when BBC Radio 4 broadcast my play 'A Nocturne for Mr. Yeat&sgrave; starring the wonderful Bernard Hepton ( of Colditz and Tinker Tailor fame). I published the novel 'The Celebrity of Anders Hech&tgrave; in 2006 and it is available as a physical book on Amazon.
I sold my business recently and now at last have time to write and money to afford a bowl of soup as I do so.
'Masks of Venicè, now available as an e-book is based on an idea Ìve had for all my adult life but could not find a framework for. It indulges my love of Europe, especially Italy and Spain. Ìd now add Greece to that list, a wonderful and tragic country. The catalyst for the book came from a woman who had read 'Anders Hech&tgrave; and told me to my astonishment that I had an amazing understanding of how women think. This is a claim for which there is no evidence whatever in my emotional life. She asked if I could write a novel from a woma&ngrave;s point of view. I liked the challenge and this is the result, also letting me play with questions such as 'do we have past lives?' 'what effect would they have? '
My latest novel , The Women from Cretè is a crime story set largely in Spain but also in Germany and Crete. It features the legendary detective Chief Inspector Miguel Rojas, the man with no passions. Rojas is courteous but aloof, remote, insomniac, a caffeine addict. Although he has never known the feeling of love or perhaps any other passion, his insight into those who do is astonishing. It is a crime story and a love story
I hope to publish more in the near future.

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