At times, the story gets a bit confusing.
There are any number of quirky, potentially intriguing characters in Dancing to "Almendra" who could have been featured in novels of their own.
While I prefer to read Spanish authors in Spanish, I don't mind reading an English translation, if the translation is top-notch.
I enjoyed the book because I learned something about Cuba before Castro - the influence of the Mafia. Read morePublished 8 months ago by jelamin
Reading is one of the great pleasures of life and this book was delightful---unusual story with unique characters
written very well and a real page turner. Read more
The blurbs on this book made it sound like a fun read. I HATED it. I'm not that interested in the 1950's, even less its mobsters. Read morePublished on April 1, 2010 by Loves to read
As someone who grew up in Cuba during the 1950s, I enjoyed this book and all its references to places that I barely remember now. Read morePublished on September 28, 2009 by Amazon Customer
Don't know about you, but generally I find average Amazon ratings to be more generous than a book, movie, CD (my reviewing landscape) deserves. Read morePublished on March 2, 2009 by James Carragher
Dancing to "Almendra" is a delightful, page-turner set in Mafia-dominated Cuba in 1957. The story is told from the viewpoint of a young journalist investigating the murder of a mob... Read morePublished on September 4, 2008 by G. Dawson
Cuba in the mid 1950s has caught my interest. I just finished Havana Nocturne by T.J. English, a wonderful non-fiction account of that turbulent period. Read morePublished on July 31, 2008 by Schuyler T Wallace
Living in Cuba in the 1950s, Joaquín Porrata is a young ambitious journalist investigating the murder of mob boss Umberto "Albert. Read morePublished on February 29, 2008 by Succinct Reviews
I am reading the english version, perhaps a few things are better in the native spanish, but having the native sentence flow would not plug all the holes in this disjointed novel. Read morePublished on February 11, 2008 by CJ