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ISBN13: 9780743246415
ISBN10: 0743246411
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A childhood in a privileged household in 1950s Havana is joyous and cruel, like any other — but with exotic differences. Lizards roam the house and grounds. Fights aren't waged with snowballs but with breadfruit. The narrator's father, a judge, is certain that in a past life he was Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette. In a home crammed with portraits of Jesus that speak to him in dreams and nightmares, young Carlos Eire searches for secret proofs of the existence of God, determined to best St. Thomas Aquinas by coming up with more than five.

Then, in January 1959, the world changes: President Batista is suddenly gone, a cigar-smoking guerrilla — Fidel Castro — has taken his place, and Christmas is canceled. 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, alone, never to see his father again. The journey will test his soul.

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 in our lives when we are certain we have died — and then are somehow, miraculously, reborn.

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"As imaginatively wrought as the finest piece of fiction." Publishers Weekly

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"Between mercurial and leisurely, lush and thorny, jumbled and crystalline, Yale historian Eire's recollection of his Cuban boyhood is to be savored." Kirkus Reviews

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"What is powerful and lasting about the book is his evocation of childhood...and his extraordinary literary ability." The Los Angeles Times

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"Eire's tone is so urgent and so vividly personal...that his unsparing indictments of practically everyone concerned, including himself, seem all the more remarkable." New Yorker

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"[C]omplex, introspective....In this open, honest, and at times angry memoir, Eire bares his soul completely and captivates the reader in the process." Booklist

Synopsis:

National Book Award-winning memoir of exile from a tangerine-colored paradise: “Eire has done a splendid job….Masterfully written, bursting with wonderful details and images and populated by characters so well described that they seem to be sitting next to you on the couch” ( The Washington Post ).

Synopsis:

This haunting memoir of the Cuban Revolution, seen through the eyes of a small boy, is the heartbreaking story of the author's privileged childhood in pre-Revolution Havana, and how he lost everything, including his father.

About the Author

Carlos Eire was born in Havana in 1950 and left his homeland in 1962, one of fourteen thousand unaccompanied children airlifted out of Cuba by Operation Pedro Pan. After living in a series of foster homes, he was reunited with his mother in Chicago in 1965.andnbsp;Eire earned his PhD at Yale University in 1979 and is now the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale. He lives in Guilford, Connecticut, with his wife, Jane, and their three children.andnbsp;

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Sue Fisher, May 25, 2006 (view all comments by Sue Fisher)
I have always had this inexplicable draw to Cuba. This book may explain this attraction -- or maybe help me frame this place of intrigue, sadness, lost beauty and Castro. I loved this story -- it put me in a place I have always wanted to see, although the place he described is sadly gone. However difficult his later childhood became, I loved the imagery, smells and feel of growing up in this magical place with a family that fables are made of. It's often hard to read because it does not flow from beginning to end, but rather in a way that is more dreamlike and by memories only a child could hold. A must read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743246415
Author:
Eire, Carlos
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Chicago
Subject:
Cuba
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Cuban Americans
Subject:
Refugee children.
Subject:
Havana
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - Cuba
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Havana (cuba)
Subject:
Biography-Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
memoir, autobiography, Cuban Revolution, Cuba, child, father, batista, fidel castro, cuban memoirs, latino memoirs, hispanic memoirs, miami, guerillas, immigrants, havana, true stories, personal, family, childhood
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
no. 1198-S
Publication Date:
January 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 photos
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 12.075 oz

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Product details 400 pages Free Press - English 9780743246415 Reviews:
"Review" by , "As imaginatively wrought as the finest piece of fiction."
"Review" by , "Between mercurial and leisurely, lush and thorny, jumbled and crystalline, Yale historian Eire's recollection of his Cuban boyhood is to be savored."
"Review" by , "What is powerful and lasting about the book is his evocation of childhood...and his extraordinary literary ability."
"Review" by , "Eire's tone is so urgent and so vividly personal...that his unsparing indictments of practically everyone concerned, including himself, seem all the more remarkable."
"Review" by , "[C]omplex, introspective....In this open, honest, and at times angry memoir, Eire bares his soul completely and captivates the reader in the process."
"Synopsis" by , National Book Award-winning memoir of exile from a tangerine-colored paradise: “Eire has done a splendid job….Masterfully written, bursting with wonderful details and images and populated by characters so well described that they seem to be sitting next to you on the couch” ( The Washington Post ).

"Synopsis" by , This haunting memoir of the Cuban Revolution, seen through the eyes of a small boy, is the heartbreaking story of the author's privileged childhood in pre-Revolution Havana, and how he lost everything, including his father.
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