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Anita's Revolution Paperback – July 31, 2012
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About the Author
After graduating QUEEN’S University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1986 with a B.A. (Hon) in Spanish and Italian Language and Literature, I worked as a translator, translating seventeen Robert Munsch children's books into Spanish. During the late ’80s and ’90s, I became an environmental activist, and wrote environmental columns. From 1992-1995, I served as Mayor of Belleville, Ontario, Canada and as such, wrote and delivered many public addresses. In 1995, I moved to Tofino, British Columbia, and there began writing continually, publishing articles, film reviews, poetry and prose for local and regional publications. A monthly magazine with broad distribution called Tofino Time published a monthly feature I wrote titled Tofino Profile. In September of 2009, I self-published a book of short stories about Tofino titled ROAD’S END: TALES OF TOFINO. I now live in Victoria, BC, and continue to write daily. Anita's Revolution is my first novel. With my family, I lived and worked in Cuba during the mid 1960s, first as a translator, then as a language teacher. This was shortly after the time of the national literacy campaign described in my recently-published novel, Anita’s Revolution. The role of youth in that campaign inspired the novel. In 2004 I visited Cuba for several months to research the literacy campaign. I interviewed many people who, as teenagers, were among those very brigadistas, those volunteer youth teachers whose dedication and enthusiasm changed the course of their country’s history.
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Overcoming her parent's resistance Anita, at the age of fourteen, leaves her upper class home and life, to join Castro's brigadistas, young volunteers rallied to change the country's illiteracy. After teaching indoctrination, she is assigned to a family of three adults and a small child with whom she is to live in an outlying bario. Typically, the house has dirt floors, outdoor plumbing, no electricity, a small garden, some chickens and pigs with all associated disagreeable features. It encloses a kitchen and a couple of small rooms, in one of which she can hang a hammock for sleeping. To increase compatibility to aid her `family's willingness to learn' Anita helps with everything including caring for the pigs and doing the family laundry in the near-by river by the `old-fashion beating' method.
Admittedly disenchanted when I received this book, surprisingly I discovered a moving narrative of this youngster's activities in bringing about a remarkable transformation in this isolated group of individuals. In fact, the story was doubly interesting: 1) revelation of one admirable accomplishment of Castro's administration. 2) actions and heroic accomplishments of a group of young people exemplified in a most engaging fashion and endearingly presented by the author in the person of Anita. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning author of fiction/non-fiction.
Shirley Langer has incorporated enough tension and surprises to keep the reader fully engaged in the story. I highly recommend this book, not only as good read, but for the inspiration Anita models in the face of many difficulties. All age groups will enjoy this story and some will find a new personal inspiration after reading about Anita's revolution.