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My Lost Cuba

by Celso Gonzalez-Falla

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What a delightful read. Learning about other cultures and people is one of my favorite things and, although this book is fiction, it's also based on part of the author's life. The people of Cuba in the 1950s were charming and interesting. Readers will learn something about sugar farming and raising cattle and show animals. Wealthy Cuban families kept household help and farm help, and their lives are intertwined with those of their employees.

Before Castro, this was Cuba -- serene, family-oriented, productive, religious, and getting scarier. Some of the history of Cuba during this time comes to life as it affects real families. This family saga, set during increasingly changing times, is lovely and heartbreaking, since nearly everyone in the book had to leave their homeland once Castro came to power.

Enjoy this family's years of sweetness and togetherness, their hard work, their ethics, loves, joys, sorrows, and their beloved homeland. Books like this need to be written.

The author kindly included a personal note that seemed special and will remain with the book. ( )
  Rascalstar | Jan 21, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0988767325, Hardcover)

Dramatic history, lush scenery, and a colorful cast transport us to the time of Cuba's turning point -
the late 1950s



Set against the tropical landscape of Cuba's countryside and the glamour of 1950s Havana, this moving story of Cuban life at a pivotal time in the country's rich history will resonate with anyone who has experienced the loss of family or homeland.


It is 1958, the last year of Fulgencio Batista's dictatorship. Mike, the son of Don Miguel, a wealthy land owner and rancher, is summoned home from his MBA studies in the United States because of his father's failing health. Still recovering from the loss of his wife, Mike's return is an immediate tonic for Don Miguel. Caught between his family obligations and his desire to pursue his own dreams, Mike quickly finds himself succumbing to his father's desire for him to take over the responsibilities of running the family ranch.


As Mike settles back into the life he was groomed for, Don Miguel, reinvigorated, spends more and more time socializing in Havana. Changes are happening everywhere. The government is encroaching on civil liberties and social and political upheaval is in the air. There are rumblings about Castro's guerillas organizing in the mountains. On the ranch, long-time employees of Don Miguel resent the changes that Mike is making, setting the stage for a confrontation that change the lives of everyone involved.


With evocative language, vibrant characters, and explosive history My Lost Cuba pull us into fascinating time and place-. It is a memorable family saga, love story and political tale.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:21 -0400)

Set against the tropical landscape of Cuba's countryside and the glamour of 1950s Havana, this moving story of Cuban life at a pivotal time in the country's rich history will resonate with anyone who has experienced the loss of family or homeland.

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