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90 Miles to Havana Hardcover – August 3, 2010
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More About the Author
Enrique lives in New York City where he writes, paints, and then teaches others how to float. His work has received the following awards: Distinguished Educator Award from Parsons School of Design, The NYC Hispanic Arts Achievement Award, and the Cintas Fellowship for Painting.
His first YA novel, 'Raining Sardines,' received Honorable Mention for the Americas Award.
Top Customer Reviews
It is with a great sense of pride, admiration, awe and (I have to admit) a little jealousy that I call your attention to my brother Enrique's second book, "90 Miles to Havana." "Raining Sardines," his first book, published in 2007, earned a prestigious "America's Award," for young adult fiction based in Latin America.
"90 Miles to Havana," is Enrique's autobiographical account of his and his two older brother's experiences after being sent to a refugee camp in the US by our parents to escape Castro's totalitarian dictatorship.
In "90 Miles to Havana," Enrique does a masterful job of capturing the essence of what the three brothers went through and uses his vivid imagination and descriptive talent to make the characters come alive and add dimension to the events. His characterization of my brother, Fernando, ("Gordo") and I, ("Alquilino") and our relationship, is right on the money.
Speaking as an older brother who, according to the Laws of Birth Order, was responsible for "tormenting" my younger siblings, I can proudly claim that in some small way I helped shape their personality. Although Enrique is a prize winning, and highly regarded portrait painter, and engaging lecturer in the fine arts, the publication of "90 Miles to Havana" and "Raining Sardines," confirmed what I have known for many years, he is, above all, a spellbinding storyteller.
Anyway, enough fawning put down whatever Stieg Larsson novel you may be reading at the moment and pick up "90 Miles to Havana". You'll be glad you did. Right from the very first page you'll be enthralled, swept into a story of political upheaval, sibling rivalry, good vs.Read more ›
Reading Enrique's novel on this the 50th anniversary of Pedro Pan brought a knot to my throat when I saw an example of what many children who were not so lucky as I, had to undergo to be able to live something we take for granted, a normal life in freedom. The author is a master story-teller who keeps you on the edge of your seat, unable to put the book down from cover-to-cover. He has undoubtedly and successfully transferred his portrait painting experience from the plastic arts to the literary arena. He clearly delineates the personalities of all the characters until you feel you know them. You empathize with Julian growing up turbo-speed out of necessity, honing his artistic sensibilities and noble personality without caving-in under pressure. Another trait that is very much part of the Cuban personality is the ingenuity shown by all of the characters. Necessity is the mother of invention.Read more ›
This novel, based on the author's actual experience departing from Cuba as a Pedro Pan exile, presents a fascinating glimpse into the unusual circumstances that led many Cuban parents to make the difficult decision to send their children abroad. Life for Julian, the main character, proved no easier once he and his brothers arrived at the Miami refugee camp. Rampant bullying immediately became an all-encompassing problem that ultimately caused the brothers to become separated and Julian to embark on another adventure in the busy city.
Adding to the substantive content of this appealing book is a set of economics lessons related to the economics of conflict, immigration, and jobs. With a tightly written plot that contains just the right touch of humor and irony, 90 Miles to Havana will entertain its readers as much as it will spark their curiosity about a unique period in U.S.-Cuban relations.
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I love this book it so adventurous and has a lot of spirit. It kept me on the edge of my seatPublished 1 month ago by Angel C. Rangel
Amazing book for 7 dollars, but I wish they would better package the book so it wouldn't come damagedPublished 4 months ago by Nihh Shu
The pages will probably fall out. The glue inside the front cover was barely holding the pages.Published 5 months ago by Michael Zimmerman
Amazing book! I started out reading this at school, and as soon as I finished it I knew I had to buy it. Such a good story. Fast shipping too!Published 6 months ago by miss awesomeness
The 1960s in Cuba were terrifying enough for parents to put their children on boats to America alone. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Patricia Walton
I liked his writing style. I could imagine myself in Havana and in Miami. I wish I knew if any of my relatives came to those horrid camps!Published 8 months ago by Suzan Rodriguez-Fein
Very interesting! I didn't want to put it down! The book would be great for a history lesson with mix of la gauge arts.Published 9 months ago by Jason85
loved this book. I found it very interesting. Very meaningful and had a great historical aspect to it. I recommend this book to the sixth grade level.Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer