Telex From Cuba

Telex From Cuba

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Coming of age in mid-1950s Cuba where the local sugar and nickel production are controlled by American interests, Everly Lederer and KC Stites observe the indulgences and betrayals of the adult world and are swept up by the revolt led by Fidel and Raúl Castro.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2009
Characteristics: 322 pages : map ; 21 cm
Edition: First Scribner trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 1416561048 (pbk.)


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Oct 11, 2018

Fascinating, especially for anyone old enough to remember the Cuban revolution and the horrified response by the U.S.
Although this is a work of fiction, I learned lots of interesting facts that I had never known about. The portraits of several American families living in Cuba because the fathers worked for either a nickel mine or the United Fruit Company are well drawn -- lots of bored housewives, adultery and alcohol.
Very well written and recommended highly.

Jul 22, 2013

An interesting read, and she gets the mindless entitlement of colonial Americans right. But the book is full of anachronisms. I suspect her editor is 30-ish, and neither Rachel nor her editor seems to realize magic markers and plastic bags- to name just 2 things- did not exist in 1952, much less in Cuba.

Aug 25, 2012

This book is about Cuba pre-,during, and post-revolution in the 1950's. Told from multiple characters' perspectives, including a wealthy American pre-teen born and raised on a Cuban sugar plantation. When forced to evacuate Cuba, he is devastated and feels a loss at having to leave his "home" country. Discusses all sides of the revolution, from the wealthy sugar lords to the soldiers fighting for the people's revolution, with the common theme that all share a love of their country. Paints an interesting, whimsical at times, perspective of Cuba during this historical time period.


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