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Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina García
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Jan 13, 2011

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** spoiler alert ** "Dreaming in Cuban" was actually, surprisingly, not too bad of a book. It is comprised of a good (albeit ambiguous) plot line and it had interesting, colorful characters. While reading, one gets the feeling that each individual's personal drama has consumed them completely, affecting and straining the relationships in coming generations. The story begins with the matriarch of the family, Celia, and her passions. It then becomes a tale of the women in her lineage, men are usually just lost in the background, mere shadows in the story line.

One thing to point out is that Christina Garcia's style is similar to that of Garcia Marquez, a bit in his plentiful descriptions and dense sentences but also in the plot. For example, "Love in the Time of Cholera" presents the theme of a passionate love that manifests itself in actual physical illness
(also a theme in this book, primarily in Celia's undying love for her Spaniard lover--she wrote him letters for 25 years, even while married with children) and in "100 years of solitude", the story is of a generation in the Buendia family (much like this book is about the generation of women in the Puente/Del Pino family)

The fiery women in the book seem to be torn apart by their different reactions to a changing world, each is struggling to define their identity, sexuality, and courage. Each woman also seems to have their own personal demon....

Verdict: good and interesting read, kind of like a spanish "novela", haha.
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