Slow Train to Guantánamo

Slow Train to Guantánamo

A Rail Odyssey Through Cuba in the Last Days of the Castros

Book - 2013
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Second of Millar's train journey titles moves from the US to a Cuba on the cusp of change.
Publisher: London : Arcadia ; Chester Springs, PA : [Distributed] in the U.S.A. and Canada [by] Dufour Editions, 2013
ISBN: 9781908129505
1908129506
Branch Call Number: 385.0972 MILLAR
Characteristics: vii, 262 p. : map ; 22 cm

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Liber_vermis
Mar 24, 2014

The author is a journalist who had been posted in East Berlin and Moscow so he knows other Communist regimes. Although the author's objective by travelling the length of Cuba by passenger train was to meet real Cubans he only seems to have partly succeeded because he spent most of his time in bars and restaurants. Why didn't he visit more museums, some wildlife sanctuaries, a sustainable urban farm, or an elementary school? The postscript offers some thoughts on a post-Castro Cuba. Surprisingly, for a seasoned journalist and author, this travelogue is peppered with typographical mistakes!

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Mar 24, 2014

"... a closed tool store with red letters on a bright yellow background proclaiming how Fidel's abortive 1958 raid on an army base in Santiago ... 'shows us that reverses can be turned into victories.' The optimism seems forced. The whole scene would be one of depressing decay except that the bright colours, the [pale blue] sea beyond and the scudding tropical storm clouds against the blue sky lend it a curious superficial beauty. If they had [former Communist] East Germany's climate here, communism here would have collapsed decades ago." (p. 63)

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