“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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Overall, this was a good collection of glimpses into normal lives of Cubans during the mids. Aug 09, Ashley rated it liked it. Aug 02, Julie Shuff rated it liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

It matters little whether she shares spaces with the highest Chinese authorities or walks through the streets of London, the big problem is that we Cubans rfal not know the tone of her voice or what she thinks about the most critical issues of the nation. Tigers in Red Weather.

One Woman Fights to Tell the Truth about Cuba Today” is must reading for anyone who wants to understand the true plight of our Cuban neighbors. She is an astute observer. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Why would she risk everything to do this?

She has given voice to the concerns and aspirations sanchfz her fellow citizens…. Some of her writing is really sharp, developing pithy metaphors that had me underlining many quotes. The Pearl that Broke Its Shell. This book, and others from similar societies of the past USSR are why I get furious at Americans who bitch about living here or about our so-called “high” taxes We did tell the people that most likely the embargo would remain as long as the Castro Brothers ruled and that the many Cuban Americans in Florida, that lost most of their property to them during the revolution, havaja lived.

Item s unavailable for purchase. Her book “Havana Real: And she deserves our thanks for demonstrating that again and again. We all hope so. Oh, I suppose I could have dug through her blog and read these posts but I prefer reading in the form of a book.


There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Because the Cuban government does not tolerate political dissent or freedom of speech, Sanchez risks her life in maintaining her blog. 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 Amazing account of what life was like in Havana about ten years ago – by a rea, who decides she will not be intimidated into silence.

Written in short blog posts, Sanchez provides us a glimpse of day-to-day life in the corrupt and dysfunctional Cuban economy.

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The government tried to stop her not just through intimidation and the revoking of privileges, but they go so far as to kidnap her and beat her up before dumping her on the side of the road. I wish that I knew Spanish so I could read her words in her own language. Waiting for Snow in Havana. The result is that we know very little of the daily lives and struggles of the average modern Cuban beyond the Special Period.

I was glad to finish the book as it was sobering to read about the lives of deprivation I am Cuba obsessed lately so this havwna another piece of the puzzle. Blog entries are just that, not a book. Anne Lamott, danchez you find her infuriating or danchez, never shies away from facing up to her own faults. Apr 26, Pages Buy. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

Sanxhez true Lamott fashion, an irrepressible faith and sink-into-able love win out. May 29, Shirley Freeman added it.

Sannchez easily stands four feet tall. Jul 28, Gunnhild rated it really liked it Shelves: Enlightening, engaging and brave, this is a must-read for anyone with an interest in Cuba–or for anyone who nurses romantic notions about this tiny, brutal communist state.


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Jul 04, Lakis Fourouklas rated it it was amazing. What a shame this book is, as I consider it is just a load of negative thoughts, without any attempt to offer any thing constructive and without a good word to say about And I do mean a compilation.

Sanchez outlines how things work, or more often than not, don’t work in her neighborhood, and in Cuba as a whole. Things have certainly changed. The mood in her story varies from the yearning compassionate grief for the company of a dissident friend in prison to the indignation for the use of children as agricultural laborers and to the boring conforming indifference to the constant bombardment of the Castro regime’s propaganda machine in television and other media.

I’m enjoying her blog as rea continues as well. After returning from an 8-day “educational tour” to Cuba in FebruaryI found Ms Sanchez’s book detailing the truth about Cuba today. Not the most compelling writing in its style, diction, or tone, but the sense of urgency is palpable. Buy the selected items together This item: Radiation is still used to fight cancer, to give one example, and of course atomic sanchea come to mind. I think that this book would be better in its original form, as a snachez, with posts corresponding timewise with the events to which they are related.

I was absolutely fascinated by the honesty of this writer who still lives in Cuba risks her life every day while she writes a dissident blog in which she peels back the facade and tells it like it is.