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Castro's Daughter: Memoirs of Fidel Castro's Daughter
As a little girl in Cuba, Alina Fernandez found nothing strange about the many visits Fidel Castro made to her home. During these visits, Castro would pay special attention to Alina, many times even bringing her gifts. At age ten, Alina's mother finally divulged the reason for Castro's attention: Fidel Castro was her father.
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published October 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Press
(first published January 1st 1997)
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I don't know if a lot was lost in translation, but this was a little confusing and not really all that well written. That being said it was very interesting. She's definitively got an agenda, but I'm convinced that communist dictatorship is a really bad idea. Even if you call the dictator Dad.
This book was published in 1997. I traveled to Cuba in 1996 (when they were feeling the pinch of the Special Period) and in 2006 for the Havana Bienal, which put Havana on display at its best. In 2006, much had been or was in the process of being renovated, supported by foreign investors, and tourism was up, at least in La Habana Vieja. The people I met in Havana spoke surprisingly candidly about their hopes for their country and for themselves, but I never heard any of these horror stories. Som ...more
This book is about Alina Fernandez, one of Fidel Castro's illegitimate children, and her life growing up in Cuba during her fathers regime. To be completely honest this book wasn't that great or super interesting. I respect Alina for the struggles that she endured in her life, but in general the book was hard to follow and didn't have a strong sense of any timeline. It was like she was a baby and then bam she was talking about something else and you didn't know if she was now a toddler or a teen ...more
I read this with my book club and found it very erratic. Fernandez paints a vivid picture of the horrors of Cuba under the narcissistic and brutal Castro. However, she falls short in weaving her own story in with that of her country. Her own narrative is bizarre, disjointed and confusing making her an unreliable narrator. An easy read and interesting for its portrait of Cuban life but not fantastic.
Mar 07, 2008 Susie rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who love Latin America
Recommended to Susie by: a gift from Kim
Really good especially with all the news about Fidel Castro right now. The author relates a personal history with Fidel which is something we never really get to hear about. Good book. Short.