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Cuban Eleganceby Michael W. Connors
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DESCRIPTIONToday North Americans and Europeans alike are increasingly interested in Cuba, which--although a close neighbor to the United States--has been locked away from the outside world for more than forty years. More foreigners are traveling to the island, and there is increasing discussion about the world's relationship to the country and its people. This book reveals a side of Cuban society that has remained out of sight through years of Communist rule: the princely life of the wealthy plantation owners during the island's colonial period, which has continued to influence Cuban taste and cultural life on a more modest scale, even to this day. Emphasizing the palatial homes and elegant furnishings of the island's plantation aristocracy, the book offers a completely different view of Cuba from the one normally seen. Lavishly illustrated with beautiful photographs taken especially for this book, Cuban Elegance gives the reader a fresh and fascinating view of an intriguing country.
'Cuban Elegance' offers a look into the life of the Cuban elite during the Spanish colonial era, emphasizing the palatial houses and handsome furniture of the island's enormously rich sugar, cotton and tobacco barons.
At a time when more and more travelers are discovering Cuba, which has been locked away from the outside world for more than 40 years, this lavishly illustrated, absorbing volume offers a completely different view of the island from the one seen by most visitors. This book presents not the picturesque Cuba of Castro's era with its derelict buildings and peeling paint, but the opulent world of the Spanish Creole aristocracy of the colonial period, which has continued to influence Cuban taste and cultural life on a more modest scale even to this day.
Emphasizing the palatial homes and elegant furnishings of the island's enormously rich sugar, cotton, and tobacco barons, Cuban Elegance relates the social, cultural, architectural, and interior design history of Cuba, and of the Caribbean region in general. With an engaging text and gorgeous photographs taken especially for this sumptuous volume, "Cuban Elegance offers a fresh, surprising perspective on an intriguing country.
Emphasizing the palatial homes and elegant furnishings of the island's plantation aristocracy, this lavishly illustrated book offers a completely different view of Cuba from the one normally seen.
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