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Rum Socialism by Kris Romaniuk
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Jan 25, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: first-time-novelist, kindle-ebooks, montrealers, political, reviewed, writer-friends, 2012
Read from January 20 to 24, 2012

As per my Amazon review:

I'll leave the HST parallels and perpendiculars to others and leave it at this: the book has a strong voice, plenty of drinking, and a voyage out from the safety of the all-inclusive resort in Cuba that leaves the reader both wondering what-if and wanting more.

Romaniuk writes about Cuba's Communism as an outsider - a tourist on a bender, bored with the all-inclusive resort that visitors are consigned to, wanting to find the "real Cuba." Does he find it? That's up to the reader to decide, but he make a valiant effort in the name of authenticity by bribing locals, searching for a real machete, learning to salsa with a gold-toothed whore, and getting stuck in the back of a police Jeep driven by inebriated lawmen in the middle of the night.

In a country where everything's for sale, yet the best things in life cannot be purchased with common currency, the narrator finds himself paranoid that his tourist paradise and, indeed, his entire life is a sham, and the friends he's chosen for his adventures are even more lost in this foreign land than he is, all of them trusting in the essential goodness of humanity where it's unclear whether this trust is warranted.

Take this one poolside on your own beach getaway and ponder some bigger questions.

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