Confusing I m still not sure what was going on What was real and what was fantasyHowever I must say that I really really liked the Poetry in this book It moved my soulSide note I should look into translations of Latin American poetryOverall good book 4 5 STARS WARNING spoilers aheadHeartbreaking as this book is I d definitely recommend this gem to those looking for a great piece of Latin American literatureAs I said before this is one
of the saddest books I ve read It s filled with the saddest books I ve read It s filled with details recounting the sad story of Cuca Mart nez and her family before and during the Cuban revolutionCuca Mart nez who lost her sanity giving up her whole life hoping to be reunited with her one and only love Juan P rez wishing to provide a bright future for her daughter Mar a Regla constantly battling with the adversities that are implied while living in a communist regimeWhat impacted me the most was not only Cuca s failed
#Attempts To Rise Up Hoping #to rise up hoping someday the regime would finally come to an end but all the struggle that she had to put up in order to fight extreme poverty It s not that she was ever wealthy perhaps not even close but comparing her initial socio economical status you could say that she was allowed to live a decent life I read this uite a few years ago I remember laughing out loud because it had been a while since I had heard all the phrases and typical sayings that Cubans use It was a sad storythat of a woman that depicts the struggle and hardships of the Cuban people under the Castro regime and how they manage to make the best of it cuba is not only salsa rum and smiling people everybody should now. E return of her true love from America Cuba slowly descends into a repressive slumber in which Cuca and her friends pass the time by remembering loving and talki.
Zoé Valdés ò 4 Free downloadA hopelessly pathetic woman falls in love with a sleazy smelly guy who vanishes during the Revolution and lets it ruin her entire life orAn allegory for the relationship between Cuba and the United States that really flatters neitherUnfortunately I think I Gave You All I
Have also suffered from a rambling eclectic prose style that may be a masterpiece in Spanish but isalso suffered from a rambling eclectic prose style that may be a masterpiece in Spanish but is difficult to translate with the original artistry intact they re pitching a wang wang doodle all night long at the Tropical Still the passages about the beauty of Havana ring true I ve been there and there was a fascinating
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the irreverent sensuality pre Revolution Cuba and the sterility and austerityirreverent sensuality pre Revolution Cuba and the sterility and austerity the Communism that succeeded it Cuca is falling to pieces and literally toothless but she still wants to dance and dreams of her love s return Juan for his part seems to have mostly forgotten about her I actually read this right after the Dirty Havana Trilogy and it formed a nice feminine contrast while addressing similar themes If you re interested in contemporary Cuban literature these are good places to startThe book begins in the late 40s though so I don t understand the flapper chick on the coverPhotos of Havana by me Great read from a Cuban perspective of an author who left and lives now in France I was totally drawn in despite is sometime raunchy narrative but the other side of the dynamic of love and loss completely drove me to become invested in the character Some FANTASTIC one line sentences to describe the emotion that transcend the story itself and strike that universal chord Would love to find from Valdez I Gave You All I Had gives us Cuca Martinez the youngest child in a brood of five born in pre revoltionary Cuba This wonderfully lyrical novel sings Cuca's life. N English I had to wished it and dreamed it anticipated it so and when I saw you by my side I the past and it s chains behind I read this in English and it past and it s chains behind I read this in English and it me away The book made me experience the life I could have had if my father had not spirited me away from La Habana back in 1960 This book was published in 1996 but it is just as relevant The life of those in communist Cuba will make you reconsider your own and Valdes s style a mixture of movie director Pedro Almodovar and writer G Cabrera Infante with her own inimitable femist view and lots of erotica is a joy to experience I picked this up out of curiosity when it wandered into the house and I was ready to dismiss it as just Latin Chick Lit fluff but it isn t The whole novel is written on two levels one the life of the girl the other the symbolic relationship between Cuba and the US with the love lost theme and the two lovers being the separation which occurred at the Communist takeover It s a really sophisticated literary deviceI think it stops just short of being a real masterpiece because Valdes didn t develop the political theme enough but I couldn t have written it myself so what do I Io ti voglio know At first I like the bouncing lyrical style of the book but pretty uickly was turned off by gratuitousviolent and unsettling sex scenes Not sure why I bothered to finish the book So this is one among a select group of books Ieep in my book shelf I Gave You All I Had was the first novel I read about Cuba It is a lot of things beautiful lyrical graphic and blunt There is sex longing unimaginable poverty disillusionmentBut towards the end it gets really. Song from childhood through motherhood as she fights to survive and be happy in a world on which fortune has consistently failed to smile While Cuca waits for th.