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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana

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Publisher Comments:

Isadora Tattlin was accustomed to relocating often for her husband’s work. But when he accepted a post in Cuba in the early 1990s, she resolved to keep a detailed diary of her time there, recording her daily experiences as a wife, mother, and foreigner in a land of contraband. The result is a striking, rare glimpse into a tiny country of enormous splendor and squalor. Though the Tattlins are provided with a well-staffed Havana mansion, the store shelves are bare. On the streets, beggars plead for soap, not coins. A vet with few real medical supplies operates on a carved mahogany coffee table in a Louis XIV–style drawing room. The people adore festivity, but Christmas trees are banned. And when Isadora hosts a dinner party whose guest list includes Fidel Castro himself, she observes the ultimate contradiction at the very heart of Cuba. Vividly capturing Cuba’s simultaneously appalling and enchanting essence, Cuba Diaries casts an irresistible spell and lifts the enigma of an island that is trapped in time, but not in spirit.

Review:

"Unflinchingly documenting the wild beauty of the landscape, the incredible poverty of the general population, the essential futility of the governmental bureaucracy, and the charming affability of their many Cuban friends and neighbors, she provides an insider's glimpse into a country and a culture that has remained an enigma for the past 40 years." Booklist

Review:

"A sensitive fish-out-of-water narrative from a visitor to the dictatorship that history nearly forgot....Tattlin avoids the journal format's inherent solipsism, leaving even her often chilly marital relationship unexamined, and uses the form as a generous lens upon the Cuban people, convincing the reader that after four decades under Castro they deserve an opportunity for self-determination." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Her writing is clear and lively, her observances astute and witty....But over the course of the book, the people she meets are passive, showing no resistance to Tattlin's questions and curiosity. Readers might get the sense that Tattlin is meeting the same characters time after time." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Always striking, Cuba Diaries is a testament to the human capacity to endure and flourish under terrible conditions." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Tattlin is a keen observer of this amazing and conflicted country." Entertainment Weekly

Synopsis:

An eloquent memoir by an American woman who lived with her family in Havanna for four years that provides a captivating window into both the romantic beauty and tragic deprivation of this country frozen in the 1950s.

About the Author

A native of California, Isadora Tattlin (her pen name) is the wife of a European executive. She lives wherever his business takes them.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767914840
Author:
Tattlin, Isadora
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Cuba
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Cuba Social conditions.
Subject:
Cuba Economic conditions.
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
cuba;memoir;travel;non-fiction;diary;travel writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
2001]
Publication Date:
20030531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25x5.50x.84 in. .64 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767914840 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Unflinchingly documenting the wild beauty of the landscape, the incredible poverty of the general population, the essential futility of the governmental bureaucracy, and the charming affability of their many Cuban friends and neighbors, she provides an insider's glimpse into a country and a culture that has remained an enigma for the past 40 years."
"Review" by , "A sensitive fish-out-of-water narrative from a visitor to the dictatorship that history nearly forgot....Tattlin avoids the journal format's inherent solipsism, leaving even her often chilly marital relationship unexamined, and uses the form as a generous lens upon the Cuban people, convincing the reader that after four decades under Castro they deserve an opportunity for self-determination."
"Review" by , "Her writing is clear and lively, her observances astute and witty....But over the course of the book, the people she meets are passive, showing no resistance to Tattlin's questions and curiosity. Readers might get the sense that Tattlin is meeting the same characters time after time."
"Review" by , "Always striking, Cuba Diaries is a testament to the human capacity to endure and flourish under terrible conditions."
"Review" by , "Tattlin is a keen observer of this amazing and conflicted country."
"Synopsis" by , An eloquent memoir by an American woman who lived with her family in Havanna for four years that provides a captivating window into both the romantic beauty and tragic deprivation of this country frozen in the 1950s.
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