Waiting for Snow in Havana

Confessions of A Cuban Boy
Eire, Carlos M. N. (Book - 2004)
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Waiting for Snow in Havana

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"Have mercy on me, Lord, I am Cuban." In 1962, Carlos Eire was one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Havana-exiled from his family, his country, and his own childhood by Fidel Castro's revolution. This stunning memoir is a vibrant and evocative look at Latin America from a child's unforgettable experience. Waiting for Snow in Havana is both an exorcism and an ode to a paradise lost. For the Cuba of Carlos's youth-with its lizards and turquoise seas and sun-drenched siestas-becomes an island of condemnation once a cigar-smoking guerrilla named Fidel Castro ousts President Batista on January 1, 1959. Suddenly the music in the streets sounds like gunfire. Christmas is made illegal, political dissent leads to imprisonment, and too many of Carlos's friends are leaving Cuba for a place as far away and unthinkable as the United States. Carlos will end up there, too, and fulfill his mother's dreams by becoming a modern American man-even if his soul remains in the country he left behind. Narrated with the urgency of a confession, Waiting for Snow in Havana is a eulogy for a native land and a loving testament to the collective spirit of Cubans everywhere.
Authors: Eire, Carlos M. N.
Title: Waiting for snow in Havana
confessions of a Cuban boy
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2004, c2003
Edition: 1st Free Press paperback ed
Characteristics: 390 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Carlos Eire
Alternate Title: Confessions of a Cuban boy
ISBN: 9780743246415
Branch Call Number: B-Ei76w 2004
Subject Headings: Operation Pedro Pan Cuba History Revolution, 1959 Personal narratives Havana (Cuba) Social conditions 20th century Havana (Cuba) Social life and customs 20th century Chicago (Ill.) Biography Havana (Cuba) Biography Refugee children United States Biography Cuban Americans Biography Eire, Carlos M. N. Family Eire, Carlos M. N. Childhood and youth
Topical Term: Refugee children
Cuban Americans
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In 1962, Carlos Eire was one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Cuba--exiled from his family, his country, and his own childhood by the revolution. The memories of Carlos's life in Havana, cut short when he was just eleven years old, are at the heart of this stunning, evocative, and unforgettabl... Read More »

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