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Cuba In The Raw, 12 Nov 2012
If you thought Cuba was an island paradise, think again. Millar's book is the true picture of a poor country, reminiscent of a seventies' Russia, where its people are struggling to cope with a crumbling infrastructure, rationing and lack of the basic necessities which we take for granted. No, I'm not talking about luxuries, I mean decent soap, toothpaste and toilet seats to name a few. I know. I've been there, travelled around and stayed with some of the poorest families in the western world.
However, it's not all doom and gloom. Each chapter is liberally spiced with humour and a hook at the end to entice you to read on and find out how Millar survived in one of the world's last remaining communist regimes.
Behind the decrepit facades he finds the faded glamour of a past, fifties' cars and a way of life which is set to vanish forever as the twenty-first century progresses.
This nation is poor, but proud and reality a million miles away from the cosy environment of these holiday complexes.
'Slow Train To Guantanamo' is a must-read