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Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba (Adventure Press)

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  83 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Astride his BMW motorcycle, Christopher Baker wanders the highways and byways of Cuba, the first such adventure by a foreigner in the more than 40 years of Fidel Castro's revolution. The moto allows a close-up look at the island and opens the door to a great many intimate encounters with the chrome-obsessed Cubans.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by National Geographic (first published January 30th 2001)
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Aug 19, 2013 Anna rated it liked it
This is Christopher Baker's memoir about the three month motorcycle trip he took all around Cuba in the mid nineties. I bought this book at a garage sale or a goodwill because I loved Baker's Moon Guide to Cuba: it was incredibly informative and invaluable when we traveled there several years ago. I was looking forward to hearing about his adventures in a more narrative and less "guide" format, but was somewhat disappointed.

To his credit, Baker makes many interesting observations about Cuban li
Alex Jasper
Jun 10, 2012 Alex Jasper rated it it was ok
Sleazy and dull. This guy has ridden his thesaurus harder than his motorbike. It's great that he sees through the facade of the benevolent revolution to gain an understanding of the realities of the island prison, but a tragedy that he has no insight into how these realities allow him to abuse disempowered black women half his age and feel good about it / make excuses for it.
Sep 13, 2007 Ciara rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-for-me
Maybe it was because I'd heard many of the stories in this book from the author himself, when I met him. Maybe it was because I wanted to hear more about Cuba's women than how erotic they all are. Or maybe it's because I don't really like adverbs all that much. But I just couldn't get through this book. If you're reading, Chris, I'm sorry.
Jun 09, 2012 Gail rated it did not like it
Had to give this book up after about 125 pages. The two things that kept me from liking this book was the author's obsession with picking up women in Cuba and his choice of unusual words when a more common word would have sufficed. His interaction with the Cuban people was superficial and nothing made me want to keep reading to the end of the book.
Sep 10, 2012 Oona rated it did not like it
if you can get through the excessively detailed sexual exploits and self aggrandizing general commentary on the author by the author, there are some interesting nuggets of info about cuba. but for the most part, this book is terrible.
Mostly a fascinating glimpse into Cuban society and history, except when the author seques into his own exploits with Cuban women. He's a little self-indulgent from time to time, but it was easy enough to skip ahead when that happened. He is clearly sympathetic to socialism and communism, even when so obviously presented with the tremendous difficulties that arise under such political systems. For Cuba, one of the most troubling of those is the libertine environment and attitudes of the people.. ...more
Mar 12, 2013 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic look into Castro's Cuba. Descriptive and enjoyable read. It's all here - history, geography, culture, politics. Baker presents political opinions from a broad spectrum of Cuban society. His own opinion sways back and forth as he observes varying levels of joy and despair amongst the people he meets. Yes, ok, so he 'enjoys' a few women along the way. The focus on women lessens the further you read, so bear with it even if it's bothering you. I really value what I read in this ...more
Jessica Dally
Jul 20, 2008 Jessica Dally rated it liked it
If you can get past his constant sleeping with women who "just turned 18" (he's 45+) you'll like the book well enough. His need to be flowery with his words can be a bit annoying too but he is a well respected travel writer and does paint a good picture of the realities of Cuba regardess of these other issues... besides, nasty old guys going to Cuba to have sex with girls that are either barely of age or underage is the reality... though I think I would have preferred to witness it from a few mo ...more
Carla King
Oct 22, 2010 Carla King rated it it was amazing
Christopher Baker's long experience as a travel writer documenting places in Cuba gives him and us perceptions and insights into the culture we could never gain in a trip like that. A not-so-undercurrent is the sexual awakening the journey provokes, which I appreciate the author revealing, because so many speak of it but don't provide details. Here are the details!
Jun 17, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
A good introduction to Cuba (and the author) prior to traveling there! Sure, he doesn't have any qualms with telling of his many trysts with women much younger than himself, but I thought it was done tastefully and think it served a purpose in illustrating one of his points about the culture.
Jul 28, 2012 Natalie rated it it was ok
superficial insight into Cuban society. In essence, quite sleazy and a vastly missed opportunity to write something decent.
Oct 08, 2007 Jim rated it liked it
Always have been interested in Cuba. Would love to go there and visit. For now, must placate myself with an occasional book such as this. I thought it was very interesting.
Apr 08, 2009 John rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, travel
Baker smuggles a motorcycle into Cuba and then tours the island. An interesting non touristy look at Cuba.
Gal Frenkel
Oct 31, 2009 Gal Frenkel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very fun read of one person's journey through Cuba
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Boring, boorish, self-involved, and pointless.
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Christopher Paul Baker (born in Yorkshire, England, on 15 June 1955) is a travel writer and photographer currently specializing in the Caribbean and Central America. He is a contributor to magazines and other publications worldwide, and is the author of travel guidebooks (for publishers such as Lonely Planet and Moon Publications) and a literary travelog.

Baker was educated at Rastrick Grammar Scho
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