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Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba Paperback – 13 Aug 2008
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Mi Moto Fidel, Christopher Baker's intriguing account of his three-month romp through Cuba on a fire-engine red motorcycle is perhaps the most thorough portrait of this faded Communist country to date. Baker leaves no stone unturned as he revisits Ernest Hemingway's haunts in Havana, checks out a secret cave in the foothills of the sierras that once served as Che Guevara's command post during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and sips motojos at a thatched-roofed beach bar on Playa Los Pinos. On this exhaustive journey, our leather-clad "yanqui" interacts with a myriad of characters from artists to farmers to fisherman to prostitutes and engages in lively discussions on everything from politics, sex, cigars and, of course, on the ageing revolutionary himself, Fidel Castro. Baker effectively captures the essence of the Cuban people--primarily their generosity and resilient spirit and his various dalliances with beautiful habaneras (Daisy, Sonia, Juanita to name a few) will pique readers' interest (men's more than women's, perhaps). By the time Baker winds up back in Havana he has covered some 7,000 miles on his cherished bike. After reading Mi Moto Fidel, you'll no doubt be inspired to hit the road. --Jill Fergus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is a shame, otherwise it could have been a decent read, in my opinion. The political and social commentary come as a light relief from the author's testosterone driven riding. I do think this is a mid life crisis book, so as a young and not terribly macho man it's not for me. In any case, i urge you to wait for the paperback.
Please read Chasing Che for a more sophisticated read with a latin bike flavour, or Jupiter's travels for the definitive bike travelling book. Although If this book was up your street you might enjoy Richard La Plant's Hog Fever.
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