Dreaming in Cuban

Narrated by: Maggie Bofill
Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
4 out of 5 stars (177 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dreaming in Cuban is the moving story of three generations of women whose ties to Cuba simultaneously draw them closer together while forcing them apart. Haunted by family secrets and longing for the comforts of home, each of the women struggles to come to terms with her true identity – wife, mother, daughter, infidel, patriot, lover, and friend. Torn apart by years of familial and political unrest, each character shares her own personal take on the struggles in Cuba, the shortcomings in her own life and, inevitably, her feelings toward the other women.

A poetic blend of humor and surrealism, Dreaming in Cuban is about the meaning of home and heart, love and hate, and, ultimately, what happens when a broken family tries to rebuild itself.

©1992 Cristina Garcia (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Garcia tells their story with an economy of words and a rich, tropical imagery, setting a brisk but comfortable pace. Highly recommended." ( Library Journal)

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Very Good Recording

Where does Dreaming in Cuban rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It doesn't rank at the top, but Dreaming in Cuban ranks in that second tier of audiobooks. I liked it quite a bit.

What other book might you compare Dreaming in Cuban to and why?

It kind of reminded me of the Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I enjoyed them both, though they are not in that top tier that is reserved for the greats, such as Infinite Jest or The Goldfinch.

What about Maggie Bofill’s performance did you like?

She has a nice voice and does a great job with the characters. She made the recording pleasurable to the ears.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

what cannot be

Any additional comments?

This is an enjoyable recording. It is not one that pops into my mind when suggesting an audiobook to a friend, but I have no complaints about it.

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Dreamy intergenerational adventure

This book is captivating and the performance is outstanding in every respect. I do consider the manipulation of time to be an important component of Magical Realism. However , the author may have gone too far with it here - making the story pieces more difficult to follow than they needed to be. One of my favorite things about Dreaming in Cuban is the way the story expands to include many generations. At the same time, because of the dearth many details seem to have been lost. Overall, a fun and lightly thought provoking read.

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Outstanding Story

This story made me laugh, cry, and relived many memories as a young child. Beautiful.

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Remakable portrayal of family:we all have a story

The author and narrator flawlessly weave together truth of family, individuals, and history. No action or emotion stands alone. We are all connected. Lovely portrayal of Cuba:the country, the people, the beauty, the scars.

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Couldn't listen

Would you try another book from Cristina Garcia and/or Maggie Bofill?

The narrator's is just a bit too grating. Especially when she's talking as the teenager. Just couldn't listen to it.

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Great book

This book was amazing. The story and the narrator are absolutely wonderful. A great mix between historical facts, cultural facts and fiction

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Good description of Cuban expats

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Very good narration with Cuban accent, describes well the confused mentality of young generation of Cubans. They are not here and not there, this is the problem.

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Great book

The book was great. Very good story. I am a Cuban who arrived in the States in1970 and I can guarantee you that Cubans don't s peak English with a Mexican accent. It upseted me every time I heard Maggie Bofill singing the English accent as Mexicans do when she was in fact portraying a Cuban. Somebody didn't d other homework.

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Need a Primer on Cuba before reading this

This seemed like it would be an enjoyable read, however it assumes you have knowledge of Cuba, Cubans, and their customs. I recommend learning about those prior to jumping into this one.

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good book

hard to follow at times, but it was a good book about finding identity and a coming of age story.