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The element and techniques of fiction are masterfully and artistically used to create a fascinating story.
The characters are developed using dialogue, description, actions, reactions and comments of others. The strongest characters are the round ones such as Ramon & Pepe. A number of characters are in this category. A number of characters are flat, but enough information is given that the personality is known. The beautiful Sonia plays a major role but she fluctuates between flat and round.
The dialogue is a major part in the development of the characters and much of the intrigue and insightfulness is revealed & anger, passion, respect, love, fear.
In addition, to the characters and dialogue, a number of conflicts move the plots forward and develop it. First Ramon's conflict with himself, his mother, his father and some of his friends. The most outstanding convict is that of love what is "real" love?
The use of contrast is most revealing of course, the active Havana now in opposition to Havana with guns,soldiers and unrest. The contrast of the city with smells, music, noise, food with that of Ramon's garden with the beautiful flowers, smell of roses and jasmine. The garden offers peace in a world thats becoming more chaotic.
All in all a novel that is real and heart felt.
When the last page is read and the cover closed, pause take breath and realize a very significant "slice of life" has been generously shared.
Under all of this story about families, David Pereda has drawn a wonderful picture of boys and puberty; their fantasies and the gritty part of their walk to manhood. As I got into this book and began to realize I was going to have to read through those stupid thoughts that young boys have. I thought I’d be uncomfortable. In truth, it was a very pure and realistic picture of growing up and growing up in a world surrounded with politics, corruption, guerillas roaming the streets and in the midst of it all, a little bit of the norm. At least the norm for living in Cuba. I was really drawn into the story. Sometimes laughing; at others very sad.
Having mentioned all of the emotions I encountered through this book, I obviously found Pereda was very good at describing the daily life of his characters and their thoughts.