What is life really like in Cuba 50 years after Fidel Castro’s revolution?
This book is based on the author’s experiences when he was living in Cuba to perfect his Spanish. Although light-hearted in tone, it provides great insight into the way of life of ordinary Cubans, while at the same time providing a balanced perspective of the reality of this culture, and good advice for anyone intending to visit the country.
In the fascinating backdrop of modern Cuba the author discovers more about the political intrigue that surrounds the country. At the same time he becomes more aware of his own life struggle. Both humorous and moving at the same time, this ‘journal in time’ describes the lives of the Cuban people and the effect of the Lucha (the struggle) that is evident everywhere although most choose to ignore it. This is also a book about self-expression and censorship which are difficult to balance under a communist regime.
As the plot develops, the author has to change from diary to fiction in order to protect the identity of his friends. This allows a more detailed and intimate description of the life of the Cuban people today. Fascinating real-life characters, such as the drunken ex-Taliban warrior or the short-sighted Latino lover are replaced by fictional characters, firmly based on the real people the author met there.
All the time there is a strong feeling of self-consciousness, at times funny, as the author realises he is heading for a mid-life crisis. This is not helped by being surrounded by beautiful and seductive young women who enhance his awareness of growing older.
Most of all, this book is a tribute to the Cuban people and their everyday lives; they always remain warm-hearted and happy in spite of having few of the material possessions which we take for granted in the wealthier nations.
Jason Clark was born in the UK but emigrated to France in his teens. Having studied at the Universities of Reading, Grenoble and Lyons, he was for a time a professional actor and also had exhibitions of his sculpture in London and Paris. He now lives in Guernsey and teaches languages.
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Published July 20, 2009
by Blenheim Press Ltd.
Travel, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, History.