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Havana A Subtropical Delirium

S Havana has a rich history that informs the vibrant place it is today from the native Taino to Columbus's landing from Cuba's status as a US protectorate to Batista's dictatorship and Castro's revolution from Soviet presence to the welcoming of capitalist tourism Havana is a place of extremes a beautifully restored colonial city whose cobblestone streets pass through areas that have not been painted or repaired since the revolutionKurlansky shows Havana through t. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegallyAlthough I enjoyed Mark Kurlansky s newest nonfiction book Havana I don t actually have a lot to say about it simply because there s not much to it in the first place not exactly a travel guide to this capital of Cuba not exactly a history and not exactly a memoir it s instead a curious mix of them all what you might call a biographical sketch of a city in the spirit of Peter Ackroyd s London As such then it makes for pleasant surface level reading a book that has a general theme per chapter but then spits out random factoids within each of these chapters full of interesting trivia did you know that the Sloppy Joe sandwich was invented in Cuba but that never really digs down into a deeper or meaningful look at this fascinating complicated city With the Obamian normalization of relations between the US and Cuba now has never been a better time to read a light but engaging book like this one that will give most Americans their first look at this most curious of Caribbean destinations hopefully it will serve to whet your appetite for Out of 10 85

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He eyes of Cuban writers such as Alejo Carpentier and José Martí and foreigners including Graham Greene and Hemingway He introduces us to Cuban baseball and its highly opinionated fans; the city's music scene alive with the rhythm of Son; its culinary legacy Once the only country Americans couldn't visit Cuba is now opening to us as is Havana not only by plane or boat but also through Mark Kurlansky's multilayered and electrifying portrait of the long elusive ci. I have been to Cuba twice and can hardly recognize the place that Mark Kurlansky describesThe boring and expensive food Chicken pork or shrimp with rice and black beans No vegetables and no seasoning All because way too much farmland were used for growing sugarcaneAnd the staterun hotels where you had to see two or three rooms before you found one where the WC and the shower both worked The Accidental Activist opinionated fans; the city's music scene alive with the rhythm Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions of Son; its culinary legacy Once the Brenda has a dragon in her blood only country Americans couldn't visit Cuba is now Divan Of Rudaki opening to us as is Havana not Choice Stories for Children only by plane Öbür Divan or boat but also through Mark Kurlansky's multilayered and electrifying portrait Summary of Homo Deus of the long elusive ci. I have been to Cuba twice and can hardly recognize the place that Mark Kurlansky describesThe boring and expensive food Chicken pork Koldbrann - parte 1: Rebeldes or shrimp with rice and black beans No vegetables and no seasoning All because way too much farmland were used for growing sugarcaneAnd the staterun hotels where you had to see two The Teams Milking Cow or three rooms before you found

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Award winning author Mark Kurlansky presents an insider's view of Havana the elegant tattered city he has come to know over than thirty years Part cultural history part travelogue with recipes historic engravings photographs and Kurlansky's own pen and ink drawings throughout Havana celebrates the city's singular music literature baseball and food; its five centuries of outstanding neglected architecture; and its extraordinary blend of culturesLike all great citie. I ve been to Cuba many times on holidays to warm my bones and get away from the cold Canadian winter for a few days These were mostly resort vacations on Cuba s beautiful beaches uite a few years ago a childhood friend and I were marking a common big birthday and we decided to spend a week in Havana which was a different vacation altogether We explored the neighbourhoods we visited museums monuments and the famed cemetery we spent time on a beach with locals and we happened upon a huge political demonstration I don t speak Spanish but my friend speaks Spanish so we also had an opportunity to have some interesting conversations with a few residents of Havana for example our female taxi driver who was a trained engineer but made money driving taxis and a journalist who gave us some insight into the challenges of reporting in Cuba I came away amazed at this complex city with its beautiful crumbling old buildings and complex economic and social layers And I felt like I only touched the tip of the iceberg Havana written by Mark Kurlansky who also wrote Salt and Cod was a great companion to my trip In this relatively short book Kurlansky surveys Havana s history including the history of its slave trade years of wealth and political turmoil and recent revolution He explores issues of race and gender He delves into Havana s literary religious architectural and musical histories He explores Africa s influence on Havana and the Spanish spoken in Cuba And much Every topic is explored briefly so there isn t much room for depth but there s enough information to make it interesting He also approaches Havana from a seemingly politically neutral position neither condemning nor romanticizing contemporary Havana but rather seeing some positive and some negative Unusually for an American Kurlansky appears to have traveled to Havana regularly since the early 1980s and his book is informed by research and his own observations and experiences Ultimately Havana feels like an ode to a complex flawed but much loved city I really enjoyed it given my own experience there but I m not sure how meaningful it would be to anyone who has not been to Havana or who doesn t plan to travel there Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy


10 thoughts on “Havana A Subtropical Delirium

  1. says:

    I have never been to Havana the closest I have gotten is San Juan Puerto Rico which I loved but which the author makes clear is a poor substitution for Havana This was just enough of a biography of a city that has been remade several times over though some things always stay the same the city has been through many upheavals The Spanish a pir

  2. says:

    I've been to Cuba many times on holidays to warm my bones and get away from the cold Canadian winter for a few days These were mostly resort vacations on Cuba's beautiful beaches uite a few years ago a childhood friend and I were marking a common big birthday and we decided to spend a week in Havana which was a different vacation altogether We explored the neighbourhoods we visited museums monuments and the

  3. says:

    Havana A Subtropical Delerium was a beautiful book by Mark Kurlansky a journalist for thirty five plus years much of that time spent in the Caribbean as a foreign correspondent This book focuses on the historic colonial cit

  4. says:

    Havana is not a city for people who are sueamish about sweat Sweat is one of the many defining smells in redolent Havana and is a leitmotif in almost all Havana literatureIf you are familiar with Kurlansky's other non fiction for inst

  5. says:

    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegallyAlthough I enjoyed Mark Kurlansky's newest nonfiction book Havana I don't actually have a lot to say about it simply because there's not much to it in the first place; not exactly a travel guide to this capital of Cuba not exactly a histor

  6. says:

    With the normalization of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States the easing of travel restrictions to the island and the death of Fidel Castro last year Americans will have the opportunity to visit this gem of the C

  7. says:

    The book is all about Havana and its peoplecuisinebuildings and all that one can think ofRight from the beginning to the current stateeverything

  8. says:

    I have been to Cuba twice and can hardly recognize the place that Mark Kurlansky describesThe boring and expensive food Chicken pork or shrimp with rice and black beans No vegetables and no seasoning All because way too much farmland were used for growing sugarcaneAnd the staterun hotels where you had to see two or three rooms before you found one where the WC and the shower both worked

  9. says:

    I gave it a three because I felt it was a bit uneven Some parts were really good and some not so much The book is a very broad overview of Cuba's history to current situation with random facts through out I'm going to Cuba next month so it was a worthwhile read for me

  10. says:

    Such a well written book and just what I needed after reading a book set in Havana and needing to know Kurlansky's writing style is extremely engaging; it's conversational and witty while still being informative and often lyrical Although at times I wanted of the politics or history the book captures the place

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