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Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy | [Carlos Eire]

Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy

A childhood in a privileged household in 1950s Havana was joyous and cruel, like any other - but with certain differences. The neighbor's monkey was liable to escape and run across your roof. Surfing was conducted by driving cars across the breakwater. Lizards and firecrackers made frequent contact. Carlos Eire's childhood was a little different from most. His father was convinced he had been Louis XVI in a past life. At school, classmates were attended by chauffeurs and bodyguards. Then, in January 1959, the world changed....
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Publisher's Summary

National Book Award, Nonfiction, 2003

A childhood in a privileged household in 1950s Havana was joyous and cruel, like any other - but with certain differences. The neighbor's monkey was liable to escape and run across your roof. Surfing was conducted by driving cars across the breakwater. Lizards and firecrackers made frequent contact.

Carlos Eire's childhood was a little different from most. His father was convinced he had been Louis XVI in a past life. At school, classmates with fathers in the Batista government were attended by chauffeurs and bodyguards. At a home crammed with artifacts and paintings, portraits of Jesus spoke to him in dreams and nightmares. Then, in January 1959, the world changed: Batista was suddenly gone, a cigar-smoking guerrilla took his place, and Christmas was cancelled. The echo of firing squads was everywhere. And, one by one, the author's schoolmates begin to disappear - spirited away to the United States. Carlos would end up there himself, without his parents, never to see his father again.

Narrated with the urgency of a confession, Waiting for Snow in Havana is both an ode to a paradise lost and an exorcism. More than that, it captures the terrible beauty of those times when we are certain we have died - and then are somehow, miraculously, reborn.

©2003 Carlos Eire (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"As painful as Eire's journey has been, his ability to see tragedy and suffering as a constant source of redemption is what makes this book so powerful." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Dataman 06-27-12
    Dataman 06-27-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Like Watching a Stranger's Home Videos"
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    I have read numerous books on Cuba, the Cuban Revolution, the principle players at the time and the part America played in it. While mildly amusing at times, I found this book to be historically incorrect at times and just plain boring. After struggling to the end of the book, I was just glad it was over.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ernie Bloomington, IL, United States 03-10-12
    Ernie Bloomington, IL, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Wonderful"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both, and for the same reasons... The people, the country, the times and the culture.


    Any additional comments?

    Just wonderful, I can finally recommend a book to my American friends that explains what we Cuban American immigrants really experienced in pre and post-revolutionary Cuba. I am so glad that this story is finally being told and hopefully understood.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rose White Weston, Florida 02-10-15
    Rose White Weston, Florida 02-10-15 Member Since 2012

    Rose

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    "Reliving my lost childhood"

    Thank you Carlos for making me go deep into my Cuban Abyss.... I loved how you described in vivid detail our childhood, the lost and gain ..... I left in 1961 and have never returned. Your book is beautifully written

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan J. Bethanis San Francisco, CA USA 01-21-15
    Susan J. Bethanis San Francisco, CA USA 01-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "So poetic!"

    Very much was moved by this book. So many juicy metaphors and the reading was terrific!

    I binged listened, and can't wait to go to Cuba in two months!

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    Ana 01-05-15
    Ana 01-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "An emotional trip with transforming clarity"

    The author takes you with him with beautiful words and captures this Cuban experience that transcends to many people in many cultures!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 11-18-14
    Catherine LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 11-18-14 Member Since 2014

    I love to read!

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    "A Labor of Love"
    What made the experience of listening to Waiting for Snow in Havana the most enjoyable?

    I have read so many books that include Cuba. Mostly political, some about the revolution and pre Castro. The only information made available is in regards to conflict, politics, assignations, communism. None about the people which are swept aside as insignificant. I was so happy to find to find a book someone wrote about their family and childhood there, to bring me to some understanding about the everyday people. I was vert gratfeul to find this book. A real treasure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty and sincerity the author shares. That took a lot of courage in some parts. His writing in many parts is very poetic, almost like reading prose. The way he covers details that bring the images into clear focus. I too was orphaned, at a much younger age, but his situation was very real to me.


    Which character – as performed by David Drummond – was your favorite?

    His mother.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moments that bring our frail humanity into focus, the mystery of dust particles and notions such as these that he conveys. The poetic description of the supernatural and magic. Also the very witty humor he inserts into situations.


    Any additional comments?

    This writer is very unique and gifted. I see a lot of promise in his future. We live in a society that has slid into illiteracy on so many levels, it is a shame such rich and meaningful literature may not be showcased as it could be. This is a classic, and far superior to anything Scott Fitzgerald produced.

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    Jamie STAMFORD, CT, United States 03-28-14
    Jamie STAMFORD, CT, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    I believe the book is good... the story is good... compelling... sad... informative... really really good actually... the narrator ruined this for me personally... His voice was just not a great match for the story, I feel...


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Drummond’s performances?

    ...no.


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    Renee 09-04-13
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    "One of the best books I've "read" in years"
    What other book might you compare Waiting for Snow in Havana to and why?

    Carlos Eire writes in the surrealistic romantic style of all great Latin American writers. His story is vivid, innocent, and magical. It was a joy to hear.


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    J Conifer 06-25-13
    J Conifer 06-25-13 Listener Since 2004
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    "Disappointing narrator"

    This National Book Award-winning memoir is a delight. Eire's observations of his time in Havana as a young boy growing up in a well-to-do family, before the revolution, reflect the unique perspective of youth on family and daily events yet also reveal glimpses into the future as a "lost boy" evacuated from Cuba shortly after Castro came into power. I loved his "voice" as the author, but I did not care at all for the reader's interpretation of the book. His mostly flat, predictably metered reading I found tedious. He did manage some different voices for the female characters and the odd sound effects. But I don't think he did the story justice. I would still recommend the book, just listen to a sample first to see if you're willing to spend so many hours with that voice.

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    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 01-06-13
    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 01-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring"

    Read and loved Havana Nocturne and enjoyed very much. This was not an interesting book.

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