Waiting for Snow in Havana

Confessions of a Cuban Boy
CD - unabridged
Audio (13 discs)
Product Number: DD18947
Released: Aug 16, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781452603889
Narrator/s: David Drummond
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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Description

A childhood in a privileged household in 1950s Havana was joyous and cruel, like any other-but with certain differences. The neighbor's monkey was liable to escape and run across your roof. Surfing was conducted by driving cars across the breakwater. Lizards and firecrackers made frequent contact. Carlos Eire's childhood was a little different from most. His father was convinced he had been Louis XVI in a past life. At school, classmates with fathers in the Batista government were attended by chauffeurs and bodyguards. At a home crammed with artifacts and paintings, portraits of Jesus spoke to him in dreams and nightmares. Then, in January 1959, the world changes: Batista is suddenly gone, a cigar-smoking guerrilla has taken his place, and Christmas is cancelled. The echo of firing squads is everywhere. And, one by one, the author's schoolmates begin to disappear-spirited away to the United States. Carlos will end up there himself, without his parents, never to see his father again. Narrated with the urgency of a confession, Waiting for Snow in Havana is both an ode to a paradise lost and an exorcism. More than that, it captures the terrible beauty of those times when we are certain we have died-and then are somehow, miraculously, reborn.

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eAudio
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Author(s): Carlos Eire
Narrator(s): David Drummond
Product Number Z100088525
Released: Feb 02, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452623887
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Author(s): Carlos Eire
Product Number EB00578331
Released: Sep 29, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Free Press
ISBN: #9780743245708

Professional reviews

"David Drummond's effusive performance captures the decadent lifestyles of the upper crust in pre-revolution Cuba and the events surrounding Castro's takeover, which changed their lives forever. The winner of the National Book Award, Carlos Eire's memoir charts his childhood in an affluent household, the revolution, and his move to the United States, where he was forced to start his life from scratch. With varied tone and pacing, Drummond captures the essence of an active and mischievous child who evolves into a wiser young man. Drummond's narration vividly evokes the colorful hues and dynamic voices of Cubans before, during, and after the revolution. S.E.G. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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