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Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy Paperback – Bargain Price, December 24, 2004
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It is rare that an author can combine multiple streams of thought into a [raging] river that contains both depth and complexity, but Eire appears to be one such author, combining history, memoir, theology and philosophy into a thick narrative about his childhood exile from Cuba. He is endowed with a tremendous sense of the poetic; he writes sensuously of Cuban nights before the Revolution, the perplexities of childhood (some experience really are universal) and the uneasiness of Cuba after Castro seized power.
Eire is not without bitterness, either, as he reflects upon his exile and the difficulties it caused his family. He never saw his father again after he left Cuba, but his father also chose to not come over to the US with his mother; the mockery and sarcasm that Eire directs towards his father is understandable given the relational distance that his father placed within the relationship.
The real highlight of the book, however, is Eire's ability to evoke emotion from the reader as he recalls his childhood. Reading his memories of Roman Catholic masses and schools is absolutely side splitting; the mixture of memory and imagination is written in a stream-of-consciousness style that brings to light the subjective reality of various events.Read more ›
Like Mr. Eire I grew up in Havana in the 50's. I too was a Pedro Pan in the 60's. I too came without a penny and have been able to make my way in this wonderful new land. Each of his "facts" and memories correspond to my facts and memories of the same period. The book is as true to life as it can be for me and a great refresher for others who may have lived through similar times. For those not familiar with this period, the careful details he enumerates bring to life a society that has been gone for half a century. I commend the author on this great work.
This book brilliantly combines a distinctly Cuban coming of age tale with a view into Cuba at the time of the revolution as experienced through the eyes of a comfortable middle class child.
Eire's writing is so evocative of the feelings he associates with the various episodes in his early life that the reader is drawn into his experience in a very visceral way.
I thought this book was beautifully written and at times emotionally wrenching. A wonderful eye-opening read . Highest reccomendation.
" Have mercy on me, Lord, I am a Cuban. "
Hundreds of books have been written about the horrors inflicted on the Cuban people by Castro, or to call him by the official title he bestowed upon himself, in a characteristic moment of humility, " The Maximum Leader. "
Some have been written by survivors of Casro's prison camps, or by other Cubans, who nowdays are as bewildered as they are angered when some Hollywood Celeb--or some other famous twit-- makes a trip to Havana to shoot the breeze with Fidel. (Pol Pot and Nero being unavailable) And come back singing his praises.
For Carlos Eire, his reawakening came in the aftermath of the Elian Gonzales affair. Carlos knew the kid was being sent back to hell by a sleazy administration under the eyes of a largely uncaring American public.
Eire had done well for himself. A happily married family man and a respected professor at Yale, he thought he had put his Cuban past behind him, that it was no longer was capable of hurting him.
He was wrong. As he admitted on T.V., He became wildly frantic and was unable to know a moment's peace until he finished writing his story, the confessions of a boy growing up in Havana at the time of Castro's takeover.
For a hurriedly written memoir, this is a magnificent masterpiece. More poignant than the graphic documentations of tortured prisoners.
Eire is truly an amazing writer. He weaves vivid imagery and dark humor into a fast paced, fascinating tale. As he states in his preamble: " This is not a work of fiction. But the author would like it to be. "
This is a Greek tragedy set in the Caribbean.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty engaging tale of life in pre-Castro Havana and post-Castro Cuba after the author is exiled to safety in the U.S. by his parents.. Read morePublished 5 days ago by randall hackley
Remembering the Cuban crisis as a child the same age, but from American soil this book a real thought provoker. A spell binding tale that I would recommend to anyone.Published 10 days ago by Susan Glave
This was a touching poignant story of a young upper class boy in Havana coming to terms with the Cuban revolution. Castro and his men moved in and life changed. Read morePublished 17 days ago by J.C.D.
Definitely worth reading in view of political developements between the U.S. and Cuba.
A true picture of life in Cuba for the upper classes before they lost everything and... Read more
This book has given me such a vivid picture of Cuba before and after the Revolution. My perceptions have always been simple--Castro was terrible and the Cuban people wanted to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Turner
I just finished reading this book.It seemed to take me a long time to finish.In the case of this book that was a good thing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lizzy
Picture perfect view of an upper middle class youth living in Havana's Miramar, son of a judge and a worrying Cuban mother, and attending the best social clubs like Havana Yacht... Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. jimenez
The book was a page turner because I kept waiting for more details and not so much angst.Published 1 month ago by jane!