- Paperback: 298 pages
- Publisher: Heather Murray; 1 edition (October 6, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3033057667
- ISBN-13: 978-3033057661
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,460,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Among Friends: Travels in Cuba Paperback – October 6, 2016
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" ... gives us a Cuba the ordinary tourist will not see.... The book's website has great photos, best viewed as the story unfolds."
"... recommended for any would-be traveler to Cuba and for armchair readers who want a travelogue that contrasts rural and urban daily life in post-socialist Cuba, ... Murray's ability to succinctly depict the peoples of Cuba makes this a special recommendation for anyone who would understand the history, culture, and psyche of a changing nation." D. Donovan, Midwest Book Reviews
Murray's writing is beautiful and... she has a unique way of weaving the different themes into the narrative - friendship, politics, travel, and culture....Apart from the entertainment one gets from Travels in Cuba, the book also offers excellent tips and advice that readers will need while traveling in the country. It was so good that I couldn't put it down. Readers' Favorite Book Awards
This is a very good book. The writingis almost flawless ... a wonderful, warm-hearted view of a much neglected andsometimes maligned nation - its countryside, its architecture, its institutions- but mostly its people. Goodreads review
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"... I crossed the lobby, opened the plywood door and entered the ancient Otis elevator, feeling for the tenth-floor button in the dark. The cabin jerked upwards, rose to a height of perhaps five feet, and then stopped. I waited for a full minute to see if anyone had pressed a button somewhere else and thereby halted the lift. Absolute silence. Oh no, I thought, I'm stuck between floors in this death-crate; it's late and nobody will hear me if I shout, and what should I shout in Spanish anyway?"
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M.J. Santo Pietro, Ph.D.
is a good read that reaches beyond the usual touristic and folkloristic aspects of Cuba.
It’s the author’s personal account of a number of visits she paid to Cuba since 2008, pleasant to read, with a good sense of humor.
I enjoyed reading about the life of ordinary citizens in Cuba, how they live, work and cope with many shortages and outdated equipment. Chaotic traffic in obsolete vehicles in the cities and on the few bumpy roads give a lively picture of what traveling is like in Cuba. Sounds like fun. Not to forget a great number of quaint old buildings in the cities and unexpected beautiful scenery.
It’s also about social justice versus freedom of opinion, about friendship and human kindness. Interaction with occidental tourists provides food for thought.
wonderful, strong people of Cuba and their stories, well reported.
Any reader will want to go to Cuba, but will also wish for Murray's "guides" and connections, not so easily found.