Telex From Cuba

Telex From Cuba

Large Print - 2009 | Large print ed
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Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2009, c2008
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410413918
Branch Call Number: LP KUSHN-R
Characteristics: 585 p. (large print) : map ; 23 cm


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Oct 11, 2018

Fascinating, especially for anyone old enough to remember the Cuban revolution and the horrified response by the U.S.
Although this is a work of fiction, I learned lots of interesting facts that I had never known about. The portraits of several American families living in Cuba because the fathers worked for either a nickel mine or the United Fruit Company are well drawn -- lots of bored housewives, adultery and alcohol.
Very well written and recommended highly.

Jun 21, 2018

A remarkable debut novel. "Telex From Cuba" proposes an interesting comparison. A French gunrunner states that Dictator Batista's regime in American influenced Cuba is like the Petain-led Vichy government in German occupied France. I would rate "Telex From Cuba" at 4.50 stars.

Jul 22, 2013

An interesting read, and she gets the mindless entitlement of colonial Americans right. But the book is full of anachronisms. I suspect her editor is 30-ish, and neither Rachel nor her editor seems to realize magic markers and plastic bags- to name just 2 things- did not exist in 1952, much less in Cuba.

Aug 25, 2012

This book is about Cuba pre-,during, and post-revolution in the 1950's. Told from multiple characters' perspectives, including a wealthy American pre-teen born and raised on a Cuban sugar plantation. When forced to evacuate Cuba, he is devastated and feels a loss at having to leave his "home" country. Discusses all sides of the revolution, from the wealthy sugar lords to the soldiers fighting for the people's revolution, with the common theme that all share a love of their country. Paints an interesting, whimsical at times, perspective of Cuba during this historical time period.


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