- File Size: 5131 KB
- Print Length: 257 pages
- Publisher: Amazon Crossing (October 9, 2018)
- Publication Date: October 9, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BK334W3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Aguinis has told a story of love inside the violent revolutionary Cuba that confronted Batista’s dictatorship and later Castro’s. He has narrated it in such a seductive manner that his fiction (sprinkled with real people)…will remain in the international memory as the most faithful account of those painful events of half a century ago. The Passion According to Carmela may well be considered in the future among his most valuable works. I don’t think Cubans will ever forget it. Latin American readers will see Cuba differently, in a way closer to reality. And that’s a great service to the truth.” —The Miami Herald
About the Author
Marcos Aguinis is the prize-winning, internationally bestselling author of more than thirty works of fiction and nonfiction. Born in Argentina in 1935, Aguinis has published thirteen novels, fifteen essay collections, four short-story collections, and two biographies. Aguinis was the first non-Spanish author to win the Planeta Prize for his book The Inverted Cross, and his novel Against the Inquisition was praised by Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa as a “stirring song of freedom.” When democracy was reinstated in Argentina in 1983, Aguinis became secretary of culture and sponsored the renowned cultural renaissance. For more information about the author and his works, visit www.aguinis.net.
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Sierra Maestra, Princess Carmela Vasconcelos (Emilio’s daughter, Cuban bourgeoisie, neurosurgery medical student, divorcé) left a note her family she was going to travel for a while.
Santiago de Cuba. Haydée Santamaría (heroine/martyr revolution), Ulises, Evelio, & Bartolomé (driver) greeted her.
The truck they were riding in was owned by the family of Húber Matos & was stockpiled full of guns/ammo.
Carmela next met Ignacio Deheza (narrator, charismatic Argentinian socialist economist).
Chancellor Raúl Roa had released Ignacio from prison.
While in there Ignacio had befriended Lezama Lima (homosexual), & Julio Cortázar (measles).
Carmela was thrilled to see Ignacio out.
Where will their life adventure take them next?
PS was my undergrad minor.
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written historical fiction book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great Cuban political movie, or better yet a mini TV series. A very easy rating of 5 stars.
Thank you for the free author; Goodreads; MakingConnections; Making Connections discussion group talk; AmazonCrossing; World Book Day; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
This book fails as a history of Carmela's perspective of the revolution and as a larger story.
Truthfully, I couldn’t sympathise with Carmela, because her actions and choices from the beginning till the end felt ridiculous and silly to me. Her naïve, blind faith in revolutionary ideals was abysmal to me. I guess the author agrees with me to some extent, because he showed Carmela’s progressing disillusionment with her comrades, revolutionary leaders, revolution itself and even the love of her life.
The revolution ended not with liberation, but with imprisonment and total loss of democratic freedoms and rights. Carmela had to do what she was told by the regime, even when it was morally wrong or against common sense, otherwise she had to face negative consequences.
The most disturbing parts of the book where when Carmela and her beloved tried to convince themselves that everything was well and the revolution was on the right path, even though people all around were being arrested on false charges, unjustly imprisoned and executed, wrongfully dismissed or deprived of their possessions.
For Carmela revolution ended with dehumanisation and oppression. All beautiful ideals that Carmela believed in proved to be lies. Ideals look bright and shiny on a page, but in real life the human element changes everything. It is a sobering thought for any idealist.
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The Passion According To Carmela is an interesting recounting of how rebel Cubans gradually turned towards Fidel Castro to save them from the tyranny of Batista, and how those same idealists were subsequently let down by a regime that strayed from its initial promises. As Aguinis described the guerilla battles and privations, I was strongly reminded of George Orwell's Spanish Civil War memoir Homage To Catalonia. Much of the political ideology and lack of basic resources appear identical. However Orwell wrote in quite a dry way which I felt kept the reader at a distance and Aguinis achieves the same result but with too much telling and not enough showing. He jumps from first-person to third-person narration with each chapter which is confusing enough, but his two lead characters - doomed lovers Carmela and Ignacio - don't even have distinct voices so I didn't always know whose perspective I was reading.
I wondered if the problem was perhaps in the translation so if anyone has read the original Spanish La pasion segun Carmela perhaps they could let me know whether they also had a sense of being one step removed from the action. There are strange colloquialisms too. In describing Carmela and Ignacio's initial attraction to each other, Aguinis repeatedly talks of the 'hot glass bridge' of their gaze. The what?!
There are good points to this novel. I do now know more about the Cuban revolution than I did a few days ago and the several chapters held my attention more strongly than others. The essential narrative line is strong, but I felt this story needed much stronger characterisation and better world-building in order to really spark my imagination.
This is just awesome ... what a great read that I got for free!!!! Wonderfully crafted, expertly presented ... read it!