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My Seductive Cuba [Kindle Edition]

Chen Lizra , Larry Luxner
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Enough books have been written about Cuba to fill an entire library, but few take the approach Chen Lizra does with “My Seductive Cuba.” Deeply personal and always engaging, Lizra — an Israeli-born dance instructor and entrepreneur now living in Canada — fuses history and politics with her real-life experiences among the people of this often-visited but little-understood island. The result is a moving portrayal of Cuba on the verge of historic change. Packed with practical information on where to go in Cuba, what to pack and the best ways to get there, “My Seductive Cuba” also helps readers ferret out persistent opportunists while finding Havana’s best reggaetón, flamenco, jazz and salsa clubs. A glossary of Cuban slang and a description of the Santería religion — along with a vivid chapter titled “Getting Possessed” — makes Lizra’s humorous travel guide even more compelling. This is one book you won't want to be without, even if you don’t plan on going anywhere!


Product Details

  • File Size: 5989 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0986891002
  • Publisher: Latidos Productions; 1st edition (October 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VRKRFK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More seduction Less Cuba May 6, 2012
By Maura
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book before travelling to Cuba as I wanted to know as much as possible.There were parts of it that gave some useful and/or interesting information, but for the main part, I felt it was written by a non-writer who was more interested in telling about her seduction/seducing than a book about Cuba and Cubans generally.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HER SEDUCTIVE BOOK October 2, 2011
By Zvi
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"My Seductive Cuba" is by far the best travel guide to Cuba I have ever read, but it is really much more than that. This fascinating book is by itself a magic voyage to this unique island. Chen Lizra is not only detailing all the practical data which every tourist needs, she takes you along for a tour deep into the intriguing culture, and sub-culture, of the place and its people. In this book, the sophisticated traveler can really feel the heartbeat of Cuba, see the colors and smell the scents. In her personal and most engaging style, Chen Lizra paints beautifully a realistic picture of the true Cuba, guides you about what to do and what not, and provides you with everything you need to make your trip an enriching and fun experience you will never forget. As a frequent visitor to Cuba myself, I highly recommend this book, even for readers who have not planned to visit Cuba any time soon.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back from a Beautiful Vacation to Cuba September 5, 2011
Format:Paperback
Being a "gringo" in South Florida, Cuba is a big part of life here. I know many people of Cuban ancestry, and Cuban news is a constant on our local television stations. But I had no idea that reading Chen Lizra's book "My Seductive Cuba" would provide me such a delightful and enlightening experience. In fact, I feel like I just spent the last week on the streets of Cuba with Chen as I read of her love affair with the country.

Chen's book is far more than a guide book. It is a personal account of how she fell in love with a charming and seductive country. It offers all the essentials of visiting Cuba whether you decide to go the luxurious hotel route or the far more "raw" approach of a casa particular. This book is a true MUST for anyone planning to travel to Cuba, but also an essential history and analysis of a country like no other. Since Chen is not an American, she gained instant credibility with me when discussing the political situation of Cuba.

I highly recommend "My Seductive Cuba" and commend Chen Lizra on an amazing job done. I now have a new understanding and appreciation of a country that I thought I knew "enough" about, but Chen certainly proved me wrong.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars My Seductive Cuba September 6, 2012
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On the upside, this book has what I believe to be fairly current information about clubs, entertainment, contacts, etc. which is difficult to find elsewhere. On the downside, the author's writing skills leave much to be desired. There were far too many generalizations about the people, society, etc. which were unsupported by any facts; merely rambling, romantic assumptions and opinions. I love Cuba and have visited many times, but this was a bit over the top and not enjoyable reading. She needs an editor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only ALL travel guides were written this way~!! November 25, 2011
Format:Paperback
My Seductive Cuba is a unique travel guide.

Author Chen Lizra takes travel guides to a new level. This very informative guide will take you wherever you want to go in Cuba. She explains the people, the culture, the ambiance and the all that makes Cuba the country it is.

The reader is lead on a journey deep into the soul of Cuba and Cubans alike. You are shown the mystery of seduction and how to be prepared for it if you intend on traveling to Cuba. You are given detailed descriptions of the landscapes, the streets and how to prepare yourself for any emergency.

Everything one needs to know about traveling to Cuba is shared including customs, passports, visas, currency, and much more. You are shown what to pack for each season, opportunities to find the best dance clubs, tips on health care and water, toilets and their filth are explained and how you should always carry the basic essentials with you wherever you travel.

The author explains opportunists and what to stay focused on if accosted by such people. The different styles of dance are explained and what to expect on any dance floor. We are also given a glimpse into the history of Cuba, her politics, her heroes and her survival.

The book gives examples through pictures and extra reading suggestions are given as well as, web sites to further investigate your trip to Cuba. The author has given lists of countries that are eligible to travel to her shores as well as which airlines and travel agencies are best suited for you. This in-depth guide will give you everything you need to know about traveling to Cuba and where to find more if it doesn't.

I would give this a five out of five stars, as a travel guide it is one of the best I have ever read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By leeli
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This is a great cultural guide for mainly Havana, but it will not help you find the bus station or a good hotel etc. This would be a great secondary guide to augment a standard travel guide. There is useful information about cultural events and venues as well as great explainations about all those little things you wonder about when travelling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars get up to date June 25, 2012
By ronaldo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Chen
get up todate
what you sya about la guardia is true
but it has been closed for more than 2 yeas
a very frequent travelar to cuba
hope to see you there someday
we could have a good time
i enjoyed your book
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cuba, how seductive it is!
Thanks Chen , the book was outstanding and very informative. I cannot wait to journey to Cuba again, this time with your tour. Cuba truly is seductive!!!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by stacy coleman higbee
4.0 out of 5 stars Info to visiting Cuba for all music lovers
Saw Chen Lizra's TED talk
Then bought the book on Kindle
Enjoy her insight into Cuba and the people
Not so much a story as real facts
Worth while if you intend... Read more
Published 4 months ago by johan
5.0 out of 5 stars Live To Read
This is a shockingly informative travel guide. Even if one is not traveling, it is not a bad book to pick up just to read for extra information or pleasure. Read more
Published on October 20, 2011 by Chels
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information for those looking for an adventure
I just wanted to say that I am thoroughly enjoying this book. It's a perfect blend of factual data and insightful anecdotes. Its truly a one of kind guide. Read more
Published on October 3, 2011 by Kelly Houston
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ
Even knowing Cuba very well after so many trips there, Chen Lizra offered me to discover more. It's simply amazing how her vision of this island and its people inspires you and... Read more
Published on August 24, 2011 by Candela
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read-
This book has inspired me to return to Cuba and experience a new adventure based on Chen's beautiful stories and teachings about the rich culture in Cuba. Read more
Published on August 21, 2011 by Charmaine E. Hammond
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More About the Author

Chen Lizra started traveling to Cuba in 2005 in order to train with the island's best professional dancers. Each year she finds more excuses to visit Cuba, discovering the culture from within and hanging out with her close friends.

Chen grew up in Israel and later moved to Canada. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in marketing, which allowed her to turn her passion -- Cuban dance and music -- into an inspiring lifestyle for others through her company, Latidos Productions®.

Chen was selected as the Student Entrepreneur Champion for British Columbia in 2008. The following year, she was nominated as one of the "Women of Distinction in Vancouver," and in 2010, she was named "Woman of the Month" by Modern Working Woman Magazine. In addition, the Australian government has honored Chen with a distinguished talent permanent visa. In 2011 she gained the title bestselling author when she released My Seductive Cuba. She's also been featured in numerous newspaper articles and TV shows. In 2012 Chen gave a very powerful TED talk about the Power of Seduction in Our Everyday Lives.

www.myseductivecuba.com

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