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Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina García
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Apr 03, 09

Recommended to Destiny by: Mom =)
Read in March, 2009, read count: 1

I couldn't help but choose a book that illustrated the impact of culture on one's life. Seeing as how this is the third or fourth book I've read with that background, I guess I really enjoy the theme. For this project, I chose Dreaming In Cuban by Cristina Garcia. First, I was drawn to the fact that it is almost as old as I am (published in 1993). I thought that it would make for an interesting read. I must say, I was absolutely correct. Although published in '93, the story itself takes place between the '20's and '80's, the period of Cuban revolution in between. It is the story of three generations of Cuban women who are all trying to find their place and choice of side in the Cuban revolution. They all have different views, ranging from the traditional Castro supporter to the more modern anti-Castro. The main charcater uses intricate details that allow us to get a feel of the warm and cozy home of her grandmother and the love-filled life she lived in a hate-driven country. She lives in New York but begins to hate everything around her and decides that she is going to return to Cuba and surprise her grandmother. As the story progresses, we find that this is nearly impossible because she is discovering so many things about herself and her ancestors. In the end, we find a mature woman who has learned to love her past and the past of her family and apply passed down morals and values to her own life. The authors use of imagery gives off a vivid picture of her every experience. This book will be most enjoyed by someone who loves to learn about outside cultures and the finding of one's self. It is fueled by hate, confusion, admiration, knowledge and respect but most of all, love, which makes it such a good read.
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Mary At least you know your theme!


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