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The Other Side of Paradise

Life in the New Cuba

Cooke, Julia

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Other Side of Paradise
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"Over a period of five years, beginning when Fidel Castro stepped down from his presidency after almost a half-century of reign, journalist Julia Cooke embedded herself in Cuba, gaining access to a dynamic Havana--one that she found populated with twenty-five-year-old Marxist philosophy students, baby-faced anarchists, children of the whiskey-drinking elite, Santería trainees, pregnant prostitutes, and more. Combining intimate storytelling with in-depth reportage, The Other Side of Paradise weaves together stories of the Cubans whom Cooke encountered, providing a vivid and unprecedented look into the daily lives and future prospects of young people in Cuba today. From ambitious Lucía, a recent university graduate with an acerbic sense of humor and plans to leave Cuba for the first country to give her a visa, if she can just get the roadblocks out of the way--to a crew of mohawk-wearing teenage anarchists who toss bricks at police cars and cite lyrics by The Clash (but don't know the lead singer's name), the characters of The Other Side of Paradise paint a captivating portrait of Cuban culture and the emerging legacy of Fidel Castro's failed promises. Eye-opening and politically prescient, The Other Side of Paradise is sure to linger in readers' minds long after they've finished reading"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Berkeley, California :, Seal Press,, [2014]
ISBN: 1580055311
9781580055314
Branch Call Number: 972.9123 C7729o 2014
Characteristics: 236 pages ;,21 cm

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Portland’s own journalist Julia Cooke combines intimate storytelling with in-depth reportage to weave together stories of the daily lives and future prospects of young people in Cuba today. - Darcee

Journalist Julia Cooke combines intimate storytelling with in-depth reportage to weave together stories of the daily lives and future prospects of young people in Cuba today.


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