“Have mercy on me, Lord, i'm Cuban.” In 1962, Carlos ireland was once one among 14,000 young children airlifted out of Havana—exiled from his kin, his nation, and his personal adolescence by way of Fidel Castro’s revolution. Winner of the nationwide publication Award, this beautiful memoir is a colourful and evocative examine Latin the United States from a child’s unforgettable experience.
Waiting for Snow in Havana is either an exorcism and an ode to a paradise misplaced. For the Cuba of Carlos’s youth—with its lizards and turquoise seas and sun-drenched siestas—becomes an island of condemnation as soon as a cigar-smoking guerrilla named Fidel Castro ousts President Batista on January 1, 1959. abruptly the song within the streets feels like gunfire. Christmas is made unlawful, political dissent results in imprisonment, and too a lot of Carlos’s buddies are leaving Cuba for a spot as distant and unthinkable because the usa. Carlos will turn out there, too, and satisfy his mother’s goals through turning into a contemporary American man—even if his soul continues to be within the nation he left behind.
Narrated with the urgency of a confession, Waiting for Snow in Havana is a eulogy for a local land and a loving testomony to the collective spirit of Cubans in all places.