- Taschenbuch: 255 Seiten
- Verlag: Lonely Planet Publications; Auflage: 2 (1. August 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1741795192
- ISBN-13: 978-1741795196
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,3 x 13,2 x 1,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 231.463 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Enduring Cuba (Lonely Planet Travel Literature) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. August 2008
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Intrigued by Cuba, Zoe Bran visits this country of contradictions and interweaving history and current events, personal and wider viewpoints, she paints a revealing picture of contemporary Cuba. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
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Otherwise, I had the feeling, that she was trying not to get involved. To be a cool spectator. Still, her descriptions of the island were accurate and sometimes very attractive. Allthough, I never got the feeling of enthousiasm and great interest.Too fleeting were her reports about the people she met all around and the happening which she witnessed. Always on the move, always on the run. Never really getting into details.
Still it is a nice little book, even as a guide through the island, but more as a preparation for a visit. Because Cuba is indeed not just rum and music!
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That said, I absolutely LOVE this book. It's poetic, deep, raw, intellectual and well written. It's a fantastic experience she is writing about with absolute clarity, and I recommend it highly. I wish I had a revisit to all the areas she travels to, now. I am planning a trip to Cuba this year, and this is exactly the type of book I like to read before I go - about the people, by someone who actually seeks out the locals and gets to know them.
Now if I can just bridge the gap to how much has changed, or not changed, in the last 12 years or so...
I could relate since I have traveled to Cuba, but her experiences pale mine in comparison. I wish I had done half of the things she did. One day when the blockade ends I hope to go back so that I can experience more of Cuba. It's the kind of travels that I would like to do one day. Throw caution to the wind and don't take the safe path in a foreign place. Too often many of us travel only to go from airport to resort and back to airport again. Que lastima! She often skips the hotels to stay in casas particulares (I hope that is the correct way to make casa particular plural). She entrusts her welfare often with strangers. She goes places that even some Cubans won't go. How brave.
Her writing is fantastic. I'm not much of a reader, but it's the best piece of literary work I've read since high school (closer to 30 years than I care to admit). That statement really is more about her talent than my lack of reading. Far too often these days anyone and everyone claims to be a writer. Write a book, or an article even, and you're a writer. Zoe is the real deal. You can grasp it in her vocabulary and in her style. She even ends the book well.
If I had to say something negative it would be that I felt I needed a dictionary to follow along. There was at least one word per page that I outright didn't know, or had to guess at based on context. That's not really a negative of the book or the writer, but my own lousy vocabulary. I plan to read some more of her books in the future. What a talent. What a book.
I have just one question for the author...Did they confiscate any of your notes or tapes when you left? :-)