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Supergran does Cuba,
This review is from: The Island That Dared: Journeys in Cuba (Hardcover)
Having recently returned from a two week independent tour of Cuba with very mixed feelings about the place I was interested to see the dynamic Dervla was bringing out a book on the island.
The first hundred pages are about her experiences while on a tour of eastern Cuba with her daughter and three grandaughters (the trio as she calls them)which I found all a bit too domestic but then for the following three hundred pages we get vintage Dervla as she returns for two solo trips around the rest of the island.
With her usual scorn for modern conveniences she travels by every clapped out means of transport she can find and when she can't find any she just walks. On route, she meets and talks to scores of ordinary Cubans whose views are reported without fear or favour.
The book is laced with a plentiful supply of historical fact and political polemic. While the authors own sympathies for what she calls Castroism are very evident she nevertheless has plenty of criticism for the regimes failings.
This is the real 'rough guide' to Cuba.
Minor criticisms are the poor illustrations and a number of typo errors but I'll lay them at the door of the publisher as Dervla Murphy is a secular saint(of travellers)in my humble opinion.
If you are interested in Cuba, go and buy it.
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Initial post: 13 Dec 2008 11:36:49 GMT
William J. Read says:
A very accurate review. I have begun the book, having reached page 88, and look forward to completing it shortly. From my own experiences on several visits to Cuba the author does reflect the reality of the island. The only criticism I would offer at this stage is that the author cannot resist the temptation to make a comparison between the Cuba/US relationshiop and that between her native Ireland and the UK.
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