New PDF release: Child of the Revolution: Growing up in Castro's Cuba

By Luis M. Garcia

ISBN-10: 1741148529

ISBN-13: 9781741148527

ISBN-10: 1741761387

ISBN-13: 9781741761382

Compelling and brilliant, this memoir offers an intimate portrait of Castro’s Cuba via a wide-eyed and keen boy starting to be up within the Sixties. on the naïve age of 10, Luis M. Garcia, embarrassed via his anti-revolutionary mom and dad, pledges his allegiance to Lenin, Marx, and the legendary Che Guevara, realizing that this is often the single route to turn into a greater revolutionary—and to get out of faculty early. advised with a close intimacy and a mild humor that conveys the richness and heat of Cuban existence, this memoir illuminates the uncertainty, worry, and political strength that tore households aside as Castro sought to ruin capitalism and identify Cuba as a global superpower.

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Indd 30 29/3/06 1:15:21 PM MISSILES IN PARADISE about the pork and gone back to arguing about something else, like the baseball. It’s paradise. I don’t know this now but within days, paradise will be no more. One night my father arrives home from Banes pretty excited. The Americans, he says, are ready to invade Cuba. It’s everywhere on the television, in the paper and on the radio— Fidel says he knows for sure that the Yankee imperialists are readying to invade Cuba, and that brave, revolutionary Cubans will fight to the last drop of blood to defend their country.

Indd 39 29/3/06 1:15:25 PM that desk. I am petrified, but from the corner of my eye I can see her, I can see Flor, my teacher, my saviour, coming towards us, and then as she gets to me she hugs me and she looks at my father and says something like, I am sure he is not going anywhere, Luis . . I am sure, and she keeps hugging me until my father walks out. And eventually I stop crying. It doesn’t take me long to discover that despite my initial reservations, I am going to enjoy school after all.

It was a U2, an American spy plane with powerful cameras that allow the pilot to take photographs so precise, my father has been told, they can see all the way over in Washington whether you have hung out the washing that morning. Now we all know things are getting serious. As my father tells it, every morning for weeks, while my mother and my brother and I have been enjoying the beach, Banes has been buzzed by American U2 planes, flying really close to the houses, up and down the area, presumably taking pictures of people’s washing.

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