Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy
by Carlos Eire
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PublisherFree Press
Release Date2004-12-24 (added to CC 9 Oct 2017)
Amazon Sales Rank13,924
“Have mercy on me, Lord, I am Cuban.” In 1962, Carlos Eire was one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Havana—exiled from his family, his country, and his own childhood by Fidel Castro’s revolution. Winner of the National Book Award, this stunning memoir is a vibrant and evocative look at Latin America from a child’s unforgettable experience.

Waiting for Snow in Havana is both an exorcism and an ode to a paradise lost. For the Cuba of Carlos’s youth—with its lizards and turquoise seas and sun-drenched siestas—becomes an island of condemnation once a cigar-smoking guerrilla named Fidel Castro ousts President Batista on January 1, 1959. Suddenly the music in the streets sounds like gunfire. Christmas is made illegal, political dissent leads to imprisonment, and too many of Carlos’s friends are leaving Cuba for a place as far away and unthinkable as the United States. Carlos will end up there, too, and fulfill his mother’s dreams by becoming a modern American man—even if his soul remains in the country he left behind.

Narrated with the urgency of a confession, Waiting for Snow in Havana is a eulogy for a native land and a loving testament to the collective spirit of Cubans everywhere.

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(1 Dec 2017)
Hey. Read this book. READ IT. I shouldn't need to say any more than that, but I will because I can tell you need convincing.
The author was born in Cuba. At 9 years old he was shipped to America to avoid communist rule. At 10 he was almost abducted by a pedophile. At 11 he was adopted into an abusive family.
At 30 he became an honorary professor at Cambridge University. Currently the author is a professor at Havard University. He is extremely well read, extremely intelligent, and extremely humorous.
I say again: READ. THIS. BOOK.