Dreaming in Cuban is the moving story of three generations of women whose ties to Cuba simultaneously draw them closer together while forcing them apart. Haunted by family secrets and longing for the comforts of home, each of the women struggles to come to terms with her true identity - wife, mother, daughter, infidel, patriot, lover, and friend. Torn apart by years of familial and political unrest, each character shares her own personal take on the struggles in Cuba, the shortcomings in her own life and, inevitably, her feelings toward the other women.
A poetic blend of humor and surrealism, Dreaming in Cuban is about the meaning of home and heart, love and hate, and, ultimately, what happens when a broken family tries to rebuild itself.
©1992 Cristina Garcia (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"Garcia tells their story with an economy of words and a rich, tropical imagery, setting a brisk but comfortable pace. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
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The book was great. Very good story. I am a Cuban who arrived in the States in1970 and I can guarantee you that Cubans don't s peak English with a Mexican accent. It upseted me every time I heard Maggie Bofill singing the English accent as Mexicans do when she was in fact portraying a Cuban. Somebody didn't d other homework.
"Remakable portrayal of family:we all have a story"
The author and narrator flawlessly weave together truth of family, individuals, and history. No action or emotion stands alone. We are all connected. Lovely portrayal of Cuba:the country, the people, the beauty, the scars.
The narrator's is just a bit too grating. Especially when she's talking as the teenager. Just couldn't listen to it.
This book was amazing. The story and the narrator are absolutely wonderful. A great mix between historical facts, cultural facts and fiction
"Good description of Cuban expats"
Very good narration with Cuban accent, describes well the confused mentality of young generation of Cubans. They are not here and not there, this is the problem.
"Need a Primer on Cuba before reading this"
This seemed like it would be an enjoyable read, however it assumes you have knowledge of Cuba, Cubans, and their customs. I recommend learning about those prior to jumping into this one.
hard to follow at times, but it was a good book about finding identity and a coming of age story.
"If you can't say anything nice...."
Not at all. Although supposed to be fiction it was too distorted a view of the Cuban family.
Yes, I will probably listen to the Aguero Sisters...perhaps she did a better job with that novel.
None. I was not impressed at all.
Let's hope not.
This book is really gruesome. I'm sad that I have these horrible images in my head after listening to the majority of it. I purchased this because I'm visiting Cuba next month for the first time. I didn't learn very much about the culture from this read.
"If voodoo, pedifillia, and rape are your thing..."
This book is written from a feminist perspective and highlights voodoo, pedifillia, rape and very descriptive accounts of their various sexual encounters. This novel was part of our college course where we spent about four weeks analyzing it from about 24 different perspectives. The narrative jumps around from person to person and time frames from the 30's to the 80's. An interesting way to present a story, and the only aspect of the book I enjoyed. A truly disturbing tale.
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