“Havana Real” is a book based on a blog by Yoani Sanchez, an outspoken critic of the Cuban government. As an American, Cuba has always been this. Praise. Praise for Havana Real “An important new voice, both literary and political.” —Larry Rohter, New York Times “Perhaps the greatest hope for Cuba exists. Yoani Sánchez is an unusual dissident: no street protests, no attacks on big politicos, no calls for revolution. Rather, she produces a simple diary about what it.
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She is an astute observer. Blogs are meant to be read as blogs, and they don’t work quite as well compiled into books.
I walked away from this book with sufficient knowledge regarding how life in Cuba really is. Her book details daily life, the profound food shortages, waiting in line for 2 hours for fish absence of soap and detergents, medications, fear of reprisals if you speak out, beatings, jailings, lack of access to technology, black market, lack of good teachers, poor or absent bus service, and her own life being in constant threat for telling the truth.
Chemists in particular wanted to see them, to touch them. Sobering reality of everyday life in a broken state. The book is made up of blog posts that each tell a story of daily life – the shortages of food, repression of dissent, impacts of new ways to communicate over the Internet, restrictions on travel and other opportunity, corruption in government, the necessity of having a black market to survive, and disappearance of hope for a better future that leads the best and brightest to leave.
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Art, Culture, and the Future of the Island. In part, because there is nothing more uncomfortable for an authoritarian regime than the conscientious reporting of its excesses and timely information about its outrages against the population.
But the thing is, there are some who see nothing good coming from our being connected. But she continues on, refusing to be silenced—a living response to all who have ceased to believe in a future for Cuba.
Ships from and sold by Amazon. Aug 02, Julie Shuff rated it liked it. A World I Never Made. Buy the selected items together This item: One of these items ships sooner than sanvhez other. Is it any wonder that Castro gushes with love at the mere mention of Chavez, his comrade in arms against the “evil” USA.
To post, to be heard, and to assert one’s voice are the goals here.
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I was glad to finish the book as it was sobering to read about the lives of deprivation that this woman and her family live. There is no rhyme or reason to sancjez entries, no great epiphanies or stunning descriptions just…a tiring ramble of blog entries. Yoani Sanchez provides thoughtful insight into her daily struggles.
We should have been advised to exchange our dollars into pesos, something I would advise any traveler to do. Yoani Sanchez changes all that with her three year collection of blogs, which has provided the world an unparalleled sanchze into one of the world’s last remaining Cold War bastions.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Since internet restrictions are so tight, just her ability to post at all is a major achievement. Feb 14, Rob rated it really liked it. In fact, paying the price left each of the women in a freer place than before. Please review ylani cart.
Now, although no doubt a good part of the money the inefficient Etecsa will raise with the navigation service will yowni used to buy uniforms for the police and to feed the officials who plan the surveillance of the opposition and activists, we will also win. Her posts are raw and real. Last Sanchex, tensions escalated to their highest point when the Cuban Minister of Public Health announced that he was cancelling the contract and removing his professionals from the South American country.
I saw too many people’s lives truncated and diminished by the paranoid Cuban state security apparatus. Life in the New Cuba. Overall, I enjoyed the book and found it to be a quick read. Written in short hhavana posts, Sanchez provides us a glimpse of day-to-day life in the corrupt and dysfunctional Cuban economy.
Or at least without all of it. It’s very valuable that she has recorded what the Fidel Castro years were like, and how they started to change when Raul came to power.