Dreaming in Cuban

Dreaming in Cuban

A Novel

Book - 1993
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"Impressive . . . [Cristina García's] story is about three generations of Cuban women and their separate responses to the revolution. Her special feat is to tell it in a style as warm and gentle as the 'sustaining aromas of vanilla and almond,' as rhythmic as the music of Beny Moré."-- Time

Cristina García's acclaimed book is the haunting, bittersweet story of a family experiencing a country's revolution and the revelations that follow. The lives of Celia del Pino and her husband, daughters, and grandchildren mirror the magical realism of Cuba itself, a landscape of beauty and poverty, idealism and corruption. Dreaming in Cuban is "a work that possesses both the intimacy of a Chekov story and the hallucinatory magic of a novel by Gabriel García Márquez" ( The New York Times ). In celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the novel's original publication, this edition features a new introduction by the author.

Praise for Dreaming in Cuban

"Remarkable . . . an intricate weaving of dramatic events with the supernatural and the cosmic . . . evocative and lush." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"Captures the pain, the distance, the frustrations and the dreams of these family dramas with a vivid, poetic prose." -- The Washington Post

"Brilliant . . . With tremendous skill, passion and humor, García just may have written the definitive story of Cuban exiles and some of those they left behind." -- The Denver Post
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1993.
Edition: First Ballantine Books edition
ISBN: 9780345381439
Branch Call Number: GARCIA C
Characteristics: 248 pages : geneological table ; 21 cm.


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The dreamy, sad story of a Cuban family during the Cuban Revolution. Filled with beautiful, lyrical prose, this book won the National Book Award for fiction.

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Jan 05, 2017

Loved, loved, loved this book. Some magical realism, fantastic character development, hard to put down. I read this and it left me wanting a sequel and recommending it to everyone I knew - especially if they are a fan of Latin America lit.

wkoza Oct 08, 2015

Really interesting book. I'd personally recommend it. Celia's pearl earrings is an interesting symbol.

Dec 15, 2014

Lots of santeria practices. One is constantly reminded of the human desire to "return home."

Sep 08, 2010

Best prose of the summer. Was difficult to read some parts on sexual abuse/attack or I would have given this book 5 stars.


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