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Telex From Cuba

Kushner, Rachel (Large Print - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Telex From Cuba
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An astonishingly wise, ambitious, and riveting first novel set in the American community in Cuba during the years leading to Castro's revolution, this masterful debut is a compelling tour de force.
Authors: Kushner, Rachel
Title: Telex from Cuba
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2009.
Edition: Large print ed.
Characteristics: 585 p. (large print) ;,23 cm.
ISBN: 9781410413918
1410413918
Statement of Responsibility: by Rachel Kushner
Subject Headings: Americans Cuba Fiction. Cuba History 1933-1959 Fiction.
Genre/Form: Large type books.
Topical Term: Americans
LCCN: 2008048158
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Jul 22, 2013
  • sheojuk rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

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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