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Cuba and the Night A Novel ➡ [Epub] ➛ Cuba and the Night A Novel By Pico Iyer ➫ – Having captivated readers with such gems of travel writing as Video Night in Kathmandu Pico Iyer now presents a novel whose central character is another place the melancholy ebullient and dazzlingly i Having captivated readers with such gems of the Night eBook ´ travel writing as Video Night in Kathmandu Pico Iyer now presents a novel whose central character is another place the melancholy ebullient and dazzlingly inconsistent island that is Castro's Cuba On almost every page you can smell the dust the cheap perfume and the rum of Havana today or better still tonight Los Angeles Times.

About the Author: Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer is a British born essayist the Night eBook ´ and novelist of Indian descent As an acclaimed travel writer he began his career documenting a neglected aspect of travel the sometimes surreal disconnect between local tradition and imported global pop culture Since then he has written ten books exploring also the cultural conseuences of isolation whether writing about the exiled spiritual leaders of.

10 thoughts on “Cuba and the Night A Novel

  1. dianneOnRBG RIPmalaiseBreak dianneOnRBG RIPmalaiseBreak says:

    “Luego después del rayo y el fuego tendré tiempo de sufrir”When one is stuck even a beautiful island can be a prisonCuba is a place curiously alive with history with frustration with music and possibility always possibility It is a bit addictive I have spent time there three lengthy trips over 5 years It is a place where there may be no vegetables for weeks but always it seems there is rumI once wondered why so many Habaneras sit on the Malecon and look inwards towards the land when most of the world gazes out across the sea? I learned they can not stand the ache of imagining what is out there beyond the wavesMaybe we all feel a little Cuban now that we are stuck in our tiny islands with no possibility of escape All of our imaginings tempered by a new virus we are forced to look inward to explore what is behind us To waitIyer has written an allegorical story of CubaGorgeous alive with no where to go; everyone eager for something elseA love story sort of where one of the two is sure that his options will always give him the winning hand; unable to see beyond his tepid selfishness he assumes he will always have time “Everyone was dressed up it seemed though no one was going anywhere; the whole island was just jiving in place like an old man setting his memories to music” says our photographer narrator unable to see that his filters his lenses his editing are disguising the true picture Especially of himself

  2. Orion Orion says:

    This is a delightfully insightful look at life in communist Cuba and also a love story between an international photojournalist and a young Cuban woman Told in the first person from the photographer's point of view we slowly see the complexities of Cuban life unfold as he becomes involved with this woman and her life in Cuba The contrasts between the needs of men and women in relationships and capitalism and communism are well presented Although written during the early 1990s the portrayal of life in Cuba and the Cuban people was still valid when I read the book in 2003

  3. Elaine Elaine says:

    It took me forever to finish this book Being Cuban American I always gravitate toward fictional stories based in or about Cuba This was no exception It was set in the 80’s during the days of the Cold War and Reagan The story is mostly narrated from the viewpoint of a journalistic photographer who travels the world following political issues and wars and whatnot As you can predict the formula is tried and true the typical can’t settle down American photographer falls in love with the pretty Cuban girlThe author actually weaves the story well but it just drags on My husband told me to just give up on it but I actually was compelled to finish it I just wasn’t compelled to finish it uickly It didn’t help that the book really doesn’t have chapters but rather long sections so it is hard to get to a good stopping pointThe book itself is not that big but for whatever reason it took me several months to get through I guess the reading just got tedious not because of the language but because the main character just re hashes his emotions and rationalizes everything It gets old after a while One complaint – I never feel like I get to know any of the characters despite all the pages written focusing on them Maybe that is the point I don’t know I am just so middle of the road on whether or not I’d recommend this book so there you go I guess I’m ambivalent

  4. Louise Louise says:

    A weakly plotted romantic story showcases Iyer's skills as a travel writer and demonstrates that writing travelogues and writing fiction are two different thingsThe portraits of the Cubans and their night life are vibrant and sad and those of the foreigners including the author's first person personae are stereotypical The foreigners do not seem to be fully conscious of nor appreciative of the risks their new Cuban friends area taking to associate with themThe romance is so poorly drawn we cannot tell why the writer loves or is obsessed with Lourdes Once plans are made the outcome is predictableThe descriptions of Cuban night life attitude and passion are wonderful The text is shaded with poetry from Jose Marti the ubiuitous sloganeering and talk of the ever present Fidel You can see the aging buildings and autos you feel like you are waiting too Without this color it would be a two or maybe one star bookFor a better Cuban travelogue with a real love story I recommend Es Cuba Life and Love on an Illegal Island

  5. M.Y. M.Y. says:

    Before and after my trip to Havana in 2000 I read as many books about contemporary Cuba as possible This is one of my faves

  6. Marsha Marsha says:

    Pico Iyer is a journalist but this book of fiction about modern day Cuba captures the energy heat and struggles of those living on the island in a uniue way It's a great read

  7. Aditya Aditya says:

    thoroughly enjoyed it Travellogue NOIR what a genre

  8. Rachel Rachel says:

    Super atmospheric work Havana and Cuba are really the main characters in the novel Written in 1994 I wonder if things are as portrayed in the work From the perspective of the novelmost Cubans have nothing and rely on tourists to provide them with dollars food clothing and are all jockeying to get something or someone to get things for them I really enjoyed reading this book Very much a page turner

  9. Cecilia Cecilia says:

    Not the best Pico Iyer I didnt' really get into it Probably because I don't really understand what the big fuss about Cuba was about This book was only memorable because I had to explain what it was about to some hard core chinese brain washed Commie's son who had no idea why someone like me from Hong kong would read about what's his name that runs CubaThat was until I explained that I was not reading it for Cuba I was reading it for Pico Iyer AND the way he totally trashed the stupid white sleazoid guys from the 1st world who came to exploit 1st to 3rd world economic differences to buy themselves hot Cuban SupermodelsThat made the Commie's son who was sorta my friend by then because he was not like his stupid parents wanted to borrow it But like any good HOng kong girlI told him there was no need to borrow he can have this book that was forbidden and banned in china for its inappropriate anti communist content if he paid for dinner AND gave me massive 80% discount next time I visited anything run by his Daddy He laughed and wentBut of course there is no need to even mention itSee how traditional chinese cultural values cut across communist moronic crap hahaa See it all works out well when you just don't take Communism seriously So I liked this book because I had some really good meals out of itone was lobster pasta Yumwwceciliayucom

  10. Vladimir Vladimir says:

    I wish I read this book before I went to Cuba I would have known so much about everyday life people have there But all in all it was nice to experience Cuba through book like this after the visit It was so overwhelming surprising and stunning the same feeling I had while I was on CubaIt is very well written story keeps person stuck to it and it is a little bit unusual I'm just not much of a fan when it comes to love novels so I can't say But I liked how he pictured Cuba in the background of the life of two people similar to one how Russian classic novelist did The book is full of characters lots of diversity and human interaction lots of happy and bad fates It is really good book and I really enjoyed reading itI would recommend this book to anybody who plans to go to Cuba it is really close to how Cuba is I was feeling like walking the streets again and in same moment I was being sad cause I didn't have a chance to see some of the places described in the book because I already left Cuba

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