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Product Details

  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466391944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466391949
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,579,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pradeep Persaud, an electrical engineer, has worked for many years in the hi-technology industry, both in the designing and marketing of primarily cellular phones, but also on other wireless and semiconductor products. He’s a world traveler. Fidel Castro is Dead is his first novel.

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A well developed plot.
Karen Sands
The characters in the book all experience trials and happiness in an authentic way that the reader can relate to.
toddles
I recommend this to sharp-brained readers!
Jürg Ettlinger

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WendyKS on September 7, 2011
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"Fidel Castro Is Dead," by first-time author Pradeep Persaud, is a novel that grabs on and refuses to let go. Written in eloquent, clever prose laced with sensual imagery and stunning metaphors, the story takes us on an epic journey through time and around the globe as we follow the struggles, elations and critical lapses in judgment of the two highly sympathetic and well-developed main characters. The author weaves comedy, tragedy and a unique socio-political commentary on the major events of the last three decades into the novel; but the story is above all intensely romantic and often heartbreaking, as forces beyond their control (often in the form of a well-intentioned yet ultimately destructive father) time and again cause the protagonists to miss each opportunity to come together. The buildup of suspense is so powerful that it is impossible not to rush through each page to find out what happens on the next; this tension propels the reader from the very first chapter all the way through to a finish that is bizarre, unexpected, but somehow just right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jürg Ettlinger on September 21, 2011
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"Fidel castro is dead" is a surprisingly astute existentialist story- at first you think its a political commentary, then you get the feeling its the story of a generation, and by the end, you realize that its a metaphor for the hero's journey- much in the Joseph Campbell sense. Essential philosophical issues such as the intersection betwen dualistic worldviews with the trevails of daily existence, the confusing continuum between fate and free-will, the supposed "kindliness" of the supposed God, and the role of memory in creating our lives- all are explored in this fast read. I recommend this to sharp-brained readers!
Jürg
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Sands on August 21, 2011
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A well developed plot. The author starts out quite intensely then scales back once the two protagonists meet. From there he takes us on an odyssey. Using painterly language, he tells the story via memorable and vivid scenes (who could forget the Lasagna scene, plus paradise in Thailand, Skiing, the madness of the dotcom era in California, Niagara Falls, El Nino, the crazy cousin, the New York Subway, the teacher scene, the Heart transplant, the very intense love scenes, the schemes by the father, the two cousins in the sea, the lovers reuniting, the dreams, and more). Each chapter stands on its own, and the interactions between the well fleshed out characters drives the plot nicely. The author's decision to use the second and third person points of view to tell parallel stories was an excellent choice.
I also found the book quite gritty and funny in places.
The ending I will remember for a long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean from the South of France on August 20, 2011
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`Fidel Castro is Dead' is gripping at many points, and the last half of this book I just couldn't put down. What an ending!

I was initially drawn to it because of the cool title. Right from the opening sentence it moves, not
just forward, but upward and downward as well, in a bona fide roller coaster ride. Entertaining
but serious, it tells a story of how life and love can be so wonderful and funny, and yet so sad.
One moment I am laughing my head off, the next I want to cry, and vice-versa. Well done love
scenes. The story touches on many universal themes, and follows the main character, a real guy,
as he navigates through and deals with life's obstacles while holding a unique worldview; a kind
of a mix between Aldous Huxley and David Fincher. Overall great read! Highly recommended!
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Format: Paperback
A great read for anyone looking for a fresh approach to the novel. The story follows the lives of Abhi and Pam, from their childhood romance to the tangled threads of their intertwined lives. This is a dynamic tale, not only in the sense of the motion of the story line, but also in the development of the characters, their situations, and even the writing style of the author.
Highly unpredictable, the vagaries of fate intervene at all the most inopportune moments, in a credible manner that reminds one often of one's own path through life and all the chance happenings that rule our lives in the most bizarre manner. The author's sense of humor in the metaphor of life as a play bring a warmth and levity to what would otherwise be tragic circumstances that befall Ahbi and Pam.
This is a thinking person's book.
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A great surprise read that incorporates the events of history, a tragic love story, humor, and many twists and turns that will leave you spellbound! I literally couldn't stop reading this novel from new author Pradeep Persaud as he weaves us into the complicated, COMIC lives of Abhi and Pam, two star crossed lovers that get a chance at love once again 20 years after they fall in love as youngsters. Pradeep is a VERY witty, articulate writer that captures the attention of the AUDIENCE and the readers alike.

Sharp dialogue and many offbeat characters such as Abhi's father Tulsi and Tiny make for comedic relief and hilarity in this fast paced "tragicomedy." The author has a talent for weaving historical events into a modern day love story that has a huge element of Entertainment value, genius analogies of Fidel Castro, and other "commies." This is not a cookie cutter love story or any type of story that you have read before - it is wholly UNIQUE and captures the true essence of what it is to be an immigrant chasing the American Dream.

I can't say enough great things about this book. I am recommending it to all my friends and family. This is for anyone that wants a book that is OUTSIDE THE BOX!
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