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Trading with the Enemy - A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba (Paperback, Reissue) Loot Price: R338 Discovery Miles 3 380
Trading with the Enemy - A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba (Paperback, Reissue): Tom Miller
Trading with the Enemy - A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba (Paperback, Reissue): Tom Miller

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Trading with the Enemy - A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba (Paperback, Reissue)

Tom Miller

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Six months in Cuba, described with humor, integrity, and insight by Miller (The Panama Hat Trail, 1986). Part of the pleasure here lies in the obvious enjoyment Miller takes in "trading with the enemy." (The title is drawn from the name of the US law that forbids contact between North American citizens and their southern neighbors; Miller, as a journalist, received a dispensation from the ban.) The author brings his own enthusiasms along on his journey, traveling for a while with a Cuban baseball team and studying the oboe with a member of the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional. Among Miller's many encounters with Cubans ranging from teachers to cigar-makers to farmers, one of the most delightful is with Nitza Villapol, a TV-personality known as "the Cuban Julia Child." At first somewhat truculent, Villapol soon mellows, and when she is reduced by food shortages to broadcasting recipes for such ersatz dishes as "grapefruit rind 'steak,'" she wins our sympathy. Miller also recounts his hilarious experiences visiting Havana's Jewish community. As a Jew, he is in great demand at the city's two synagogues: "For one brief moment," he writes a friend, "I was the hottest Jew in Havana." Less happily diverting is his account of the activities of the recently organized Rapid Action Brigades, groups who go to suspected dissenters' homes to intimidate the residents into conformity. A gracefully written, sympathetic, and cleareyed look at the effects of the Cuban Revolution on ordinary companneros. (Kirkus Reviews)
}Havana knew me by my shoes, begins Tom Millers lively and entertaining account of more than eight months traveling through Cuba, from coastal cities to mountain villages, from the Bay of Pigs to both sides of the fence at Guantnamo, mixing with its literati and black marketeers, its cane cutters and cigar rollers. Granted unprecedented access to travel throughout the country, the author presents us with a rare insight into one of the worlds only Communist countries. Its best-known personalities and ordinary citizens talk to him about the U.S. embargo and tell their favorite Fidel jokes as they stand in line for bread at the Socialism or Death Bakery. Miller provides a running commentary on Cubas food shortages, exotic sensuality, and baseball addiction as he follows the scents of Graham Greene, Jos Marti, Ernest Hemingway, and the Mambo Kings. The result of this informed and adventurous journey is a vibrant, rhythmic portrait of a land and people too long shielded from American eyes. }


Imprint: BasicBooks
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 1999
Authors: Tom Miller
Dimensions: 204 x 127 x 25mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
Edition: Reissue
ISBN-13: 978-0-465-08678-8
Barcode: 9780465086788
Categories: Books > Sport & Leisure > Travel & holiday > Travel writing
Books > Travel > Travel writing
Books > Travel > Travel writing > General
Books > Sport & Leisure > Travel & holiday > Travel writing > General
LSN: 0-465-08678-0

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