Saturday, January 9, 2021

Review: Cuba beyond the Beach: Stories of Life in Havana

Cuba beyond the Beach: Stories of Life in Havana Cuba beyond the Beach: Stories of Life in Havana by Karen Dubinsky
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Havana is Cuba’s soul: a mix of Third World, First World, and Other World. After over a decade of visits as a teacher, researcher, and friend, Karen Dubinsky looks past political slogans and tourist postcards to the streets, neighbourhoods, and personalities of a complicated and contradictory city. Her affectionate, humorous vignettes illustrate how Havana’s residents—old Communist ladies, their sceptical offspring, musicians, underground vendors, entrepreneurial landlords, and poverty-stricken professors—go about their daily lives.


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