It seems to me that books about Cuba give the reader more of a sense of place than any other book setting. I think that's because these novels are written by expatriates or their children and Cuba lives so vividly in their memories. No matter what the plot is or who the characters are, there's always this underlying sense of longing. Based on my fiction reading alone, Cuba is the place I want to visit most when it opens up some day.
Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kushner has been on my radar ever since it won the National Book Award in 2008. What really drew me to it was its point of view. Whereas the other novels I've read about Cuba are told from the Cubans who left after the revolution or the Cubans who stayed, this was told through the eyes of the Americans who worked for the United Fruit Company during the 1950s. And what a bunch of oblivious, colonialist twerps they were!
|The life of the Americans in Cuba |
during the first part of the
|And then it was all over. . .|
<I bought this book from the Friends of the Library sale, then donated it to my library since they didn't have it.>