Es Cuba: Life and Love on an Illegal Island

Es Cuba Life and Love on an Illegal Island Es Cuba is a poignant and passionate travel memoir about falling in love with a country and one of its compatriots Aschkenas never strays from her acute awareness that there is no way to separate her

  • Title: Es Cuba: Life and Love on an Illegal Island
  • Author: Lea Aschkenas
  • ISBN: 9781580051798
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Paperback
  • Es Cuba is a poignant and passionate travel memoir about falling in love with a country and one of its compatriots Aschkenas never strays from her acute awareness that there is no way to separate her foreignness intensified by U.S Cuba relations from the complex mix of emotions, devotion and rejection, enrapture and apprehension that she develops toward the country.HerEs Cuba is a poignant and passionate travel memoir about falling in love with a country and one of its compatriots Aschkenas never strays from her acute awareness that there is no way to separate her foreignness intensified by U.S Cuba relations from the complex mix of emotions, devotion and rejection, enrapture and apprehension that she develops toward the country.Her tale is filled with beautifully woven descriptions of Cuba and the customs and habits of its people Aschkenas is a discerning observer, taking in the innocence, isolation, contradictions, and resolute optimism of a people who have persevered against the collective disappointment bestowed upon them by a government that has been unable to deliver the utopia promised by socialism Aschkenas, already a seasoned traveler by the time she arrives in Cuba for the first time in 1999, is overcome by her own passion for Cuba and her unraveling affection for Alfredo as she comes to appreciate his na vet , sincerity, and ability to live for the moment, something she comes to realize is the effect of growing up in a culture where nothing is ever certain.

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    1. Naprawdę niezwykła książka, zarazem o Kubie i jej mieszkańcach, a także o miłości pomiędzy dwójką ludzi z różnych kultur. Porywająca :).A truly unique book, both about Cuba and its inhabitants and about love between two people from different cultures. Captivating :).

    2. The writing in the book is barely mediocre. She harps on one or two issues over and overd over. BUT, the book did give a very informative peek into life in Cuba which is very interesting. Here in America, we get precious little about it so this was refreshing and unexpected.

    3. We know all about the politics so how about the people? Lea Aschkenas tells us in her moving account of falling in love in Cuba.A set of circumstances and a desire to learn Spanish put her where few Americans go. She starts off in the cocoon of a tourist hotel and moves (down) to a room the landlord sacrifices greatly to bring it to what we might award 1 or 2 stars, and in the end goes (way down) nearly native.Along the way she meets Cubans and tells us how they cope. The revolution has brought [...]

    4. The mark of a great travel memoir is that reading it makes you long to travel to the place the author is describing. This book certainly did that for me. Aschkenas not only does a great job of capturing the essence of Cuba, but also the difficulties of navigating a cross-cultural relationship. The challenges and joys she faces in her personal friendship and romance with a Cuban parallel her feelings for the country itself.

    5. Aschkenas drew great comparisons between Cuba and the U.S. as well as other Latin American countries. Her insights made me better understand the mysterious country's everyday life which was simply fascinating. In spite of this, I found myself occasionally frustrated by Aschkenas' writing style and over-use of detail. It was difficult for me to read her constant hesitation and angst in her relationship with Alfredo, too. Overall, though, it was a good read, and I would recommend it to other curio [...]

    6. What I liked about the book was the insight in to a country wrought by Socialist rule. It really made me feel lucky to live in America. The love story was sweet, and I admire Leah's bravery in living in a place that would give me absolute culture shock. I actually had a chance to speak with Leah in my travel writing class in college. She was very open and is still with her Cuban husband, I THINK still living in the US. Overall, great insight into Cuba!

    7. I really liked this book and found myself getting wrapped up in the love story despite my skepticism towards anything remotely love story-ish. There is enough other stuff going on in the book to keep it from getting cheesy. The story takes place in 2000 and things in Cuba have changed a bit since then so don't take everything at face value.

    8. I just loved this book. It was wonderfully charming and insightful read. The author is quite careful to avoid being judgmental either towards Cuba or the US and she just sticks to describing her experiences of visiting Cuba, meeting her future husband there and all the complications of visiting Cuba, learning about a different culture, having an interracial intercultural relationship etc.

    9. Interesting account of a journalist's trip to Cuba and her love affair with both the country and a Cuban man. Appreciated her honesty throughout the book. Her naivete was touching at times, slightly irritating at others :).

    10. This a beautifully written, heartfelt story. I was completely absorbed in the book. The book weaves a deeply personal and touching story together with the current state of life on Cuba and with an interesting look at the history of the island. I very highly recommend this book.

    11. This interesting account of an American woman's eight months in Cuba (2000) did not make me want to go there! It's a fascinating place, but the inequalities and hardships don't make it sound appealing.

    12. I loved traveling and discovering Cuba with Lea. The story sooo felt like it could have been me. Hope to see Cuba through my own eyes one day!

    13. good lazy (but interesting) read. her love story goes on and on which gets kind of boring - the real interesting part of the book is the merge of 2 cultures, and her struggle to understand Cuba.

    14. This book was interesting in the sense that I really learned about Cuba, but it needs a lot of editing. Way too long and hard to get through.

    15. this is a well written book describing the now rather familiar journey of a nice Jewish girl whose ambivalence and doubts about marrying a Cuban are resolved. Who knows what the ending will be?

    16. Good insights into contemporary Cuban culture. A fun read. Really curious to learn how the real-life story is turning out.

    17. Wonderful book about Cuba from the eyes of an American who lived there to learn about Fidel and the Revolution

    18. For a while it seemed like a book about "how I met my husband.". However, it allowed me to relate to present day Cuba and my subsequent trip better than any other book.

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