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Rather mediocre Cuban novel
on 20 September 2016
Picked this as my choice for Cuba in my round-the-world reading challenge. But only managed about 60 pages before deciding life was too short.
Narrated by a troubled youth who's been brought up by his grandparents, he describes/ imagines his forebears' life in a remote village called Pig's Foot. This is the era of slavery - and of slaughter of the whites by their oppressed black workers. It's a brutish life that leaves the narrator's black great-grandfather a seriously damaged man.
And events unfold and I found I just didn't care. It's all tinged with typical South American magic realism - but this is not to be compared with the superb Garcia Marquez. It's just a bit flat and lacks something.