Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy

Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy

by Carlos Eire
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Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
JOB_cacuba More than 1 year ago
I didn't want to like this book, I fought it feircely, but succumbed to the beautiful, emotional and almost poetic writing of a master writer at his craft! I dare anyone to start reading it ...just one page or even one paragraph and put it down! You won't be able to do it! I guarantee it you won't! We hear so much talk of immigrant's these days, mainly in derogatory terms. Well here is ONE book that will make you applaud the immigrant that is Carlos Eire! This is Carlos's second book without footnotes. His first one being his award winning book by the title of WAITING FOR SNOW IN HAVANA written in 2003. You see, Dr. Carlos Eire is a professor of History at Yale University. His other books are more academic in nature and wonderful in their own way, but nothing like these two works of art, which I recommend to you now. I won't tell you anymore... Discover it for yourself...then tell me how you laughed, cried , and got angry all in the span of a few pages. Express your delight and wonder at the magic of his written word for that is what it is -pure magic! And finally, get to know intimately the story of one of the 14,000+ exiled children of Cuban parents who preferred to send their offspring to a new country than have them parented and brainwashed by a depraved and sick dictator who still until today continues to hold captive generations of Cubans who have not been able to cast off the stranglehold he has on them and their island home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book!
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MullyJS More than 1 year ago
Learning to Die in Miami is a memoir of Carlo Eire's rebirth in a new world without the guidance of those he trusts the most, his parents. He was one of tens of thousands of children exiled in America from Cuba, sent like doves into the air as a symbol of freedom from dictatorship and slavery. I'd read Waiting for Snow in Havana and loved it. Carlos had such a magical way of seeing the revolution. Miami is a different book but I think more enlightening. It's a book about a child who somehow never learned how to give up. Even when Fidel slams the door and turns the lock on freedom for all the parents separated from their children, Carlos finds hope and refuge where he can. It is a beautifully written book of courageous innocence.
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armadillo35 More than 1 year ago
This is a sequel to the first volume of the author's memoir of his childhood, Waiting for Snow in Havana. While not quite as absorbing as the earlier book, due to its picture of a society literally gone with the wind of revolution, it is just as well written. This is a fresh and fascinating take on the American immigrant experience.
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Now, read "Unpardonable Crimes:The Legacy of Fidel Castro"