Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Other Side of Paradise-Julia Cooke

Other Side of Paradise-Julia Cooke

the facts
satisfaction: up
pages: 248
gender: F
nationality: USA
year: 2014
memoir

Julia Cooke (yes, a non-Cuban) writes about living in Cuba.

There was a definite focus on the youth of Havana but it does expand beyond the typical narrative of stereotypes of Cuban people. There’s a fitting sense of the chaotic and constant turmoil of the city. Cooke has the typical narratives of the noise of the Havana streets and the underground events organized. The prose is show, rather than tell, which I definitely appreciated. The stories and anecdotes are well chosen and told sympathetically. Her perspective is definitely skewed to upper middle class Havana younger than 40 but she does take care not to generalize their experiences to other demographics. My own experience is with the older generations living in the provinces and saw nothing of what Cooke did but I enjoyed this memoir nonetheless.

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