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Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba (Adventure Press) Paperback – September 1, 2002
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In the introduction Baker tells us he will detail his amorous conquests because "it illustrates the sensual nature of Cuba". Unfortunately he finds it necessary to include every sideways glance, every swished hip & every complementary female remark he intercepts. It gets a little tiresome for a reader to hear constant reiteration of how good a lover Baker is, what beautiful eyes he has, how every female bedded feels her life will be empty without him, etc. etc. ad nauseum. He must be the most gullible man around!
When he manages to get to the business at hand, ie writing of Cuba's scenery & people, things improve immensely. For most Norte Americanos, Cuba is Havana & maybe Trinidad. There is much more to this large island, & Baker rides thru most of it. The older people sound generous & dignified while the younger generation seems focused on extorting as many dollars as possible from every passing tourist. We are treated to excellent descriptions of beaches, mountains & agricultural areas. Baker also gives brief lessons in Castro & Cuba's history. Unfortunately, altho the author mentions almost every photo he stopped to take, none appear in the picture section. Those that do are so generic as to seem standard Cuba Board of Tourism releases. There's not even a good picture of the title motorcycle included!
Most men will enjoy this book unreservedly; my partner is ready to book a flight to Cuba this minute! Women will probably end with finding the author unsympathetic & vain. Take this book under advisement!
While all probably true, I quickly tired of Baker's self-centerness and whining writing style. Except for sex, Baker seems not to have all that much liking for the Cuban people, his claims throughout Mi Moto Fidel notwithstanding.
Mi Morto Fidel belongs to that strange genre of travel books where the writer, after finally achieving his/her life-long dream. discovers that it wasn't worthwhile pursuing. You may find Mi Moto Fidel interesting if you think one man's pursuit of one-night stands is worthwhile reading. If you buy Mi Moto Fidel, as I did, to learn more about Cuba prior to traveling there, I think you'll find the book disappointing and depressing.
He did pique my desires as a 32 year old single man and solo traveler, even though the stories seemed like the braggadocio of young men in his telling, missing crucial details. Him picking out the Tropicana girl at the tourist-only show and saying there was a connection on sight, and that is why she went with him is self-delusional, if not disingenuous. But for this reason, his book is no travel book. After one "date" with a woman my second night in Havana, and all female interactions that followed, if not through Cuban friends, I realized that Mr. Baker was omitting the main reason that he was so desireable; his wallet and that valuable dollar that is between 5-10% of a monthly income there.Read more ›
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Baker certainly took us on a complete geo tour. If would have been much better with maps and more pics.Published 8 months ago by Paul E. Nelson
i accidentally picked up this novel and read the first 20 or so pages. it was unbelievable and unreadable. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Paul
A must read if you have gone or are planning to visit Cuba. A good read for everyone else.Published 10 months ago by Elaine Purnell
Good book if now somewhat dated- it'll be interesting to see how things change with the changing status of US-Cuban relations.Published 13 months ago by Rob
Get to know the Cuba that it's citizens know. Beautifully written ttavelogue that seems to cover virtually every square mile of this tropical paradise.Published 22 months ago by Dixie Girl
To be fair, I didn't read all of it - I basically agree with the other bad reviews. This book is going straight to charity, I just feel sorry for whoever picks it up next - good... Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by Mirjana Skrba
Living in Florida Keys...very interested in what is going on in Cuba. This book is 10 years old but is very interesting to read how the real Cubans live under Castro..... Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Robin McNulty
Not your typical travel guide, Baker holds nothing back in this personal account, be they his sexcapades, mental health, or political viewpoints.Published on June 30, 2012 by César Chávez
It is sometimes difficult to discern the man behind the words, but Christopher Baker has done a much better-than-average job of removing the veil to reveal the personality of the... Read morePublished on March 19, 2012 by Cupples Peet