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  • Hardcover
  • 272
  • Havana A Subtropical Delirium
  • Mark Kurlansky
  • en
  • 15 July 2019
  • 9781632863911

10 thoughts on “Havana A Subtropical Delirium

  1. says:

    I have never been to Havana the closest I have gotten is San Juan Puerto Rico which I loved but which the author makes clear is a poor substitut

  2. says:

    I've been to Cuba many times on holidays to warm my bones and get away from the cold Canadian winter for a few days These were mostly resort vacations on Cuba's beautiful beaches uite a few years ago a childhood friend and I were marking a common big birthday and we decided to spend a week in Havana which was a different vacation altogether

  3. says:

    Havana A Subtropical Delerium was a beautiful book by Mark Kurlansky a journalist for thirty five plus years much of that time spent in the Caribbean as a foreign correspondent This book focuses on the historic colonial city of Havana throughout its rich and colorful history from the early 1500's when the Spanish conuistadors developing it as a world class port throughout its history with Batista and Castro Ea

  4. says:

    Havana is not a city for people who are sueamish about sweat Sweat is one of the many defining smells in redolent Havana and is a l

  5. says:

    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegallyAlthough I enjoyed Mark Kurlansky's newest nonfiction book Havana I don't actually have a lot to say about it simply because there's not much to it in the first place; not exactly a travel guide to this capital of Cuba not exactly a histo

  6. says:

    With the normalization of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States the easing of travel restrictions to the island and the death of Fidel Castro last year Americans will have the opportunity to visit this gem of the Caribbean soon assuming the Trump administration doesn't decide to muck it all up But large numbers

  7. says:

    The book is all about Havana and its peoplecuisinebuildings and all that one can think ofRight from the beginning to the current stateeverything is described very wellBut there are no photographs of the place for which I am

  8. says:

    I have been to Cuba twice and can hardly recognize the place that Mark Kurlansky describesThe boring and expensive food Chicken pork or shrimp with rice and black beans No vegetables and no seasoning All because way too much farmland were used for growing sugarcaneAnd the staterun hotels where you had to see two or three rooms before you found one where the WC and the shower both worked

  9. says:

    I gave it a three because I felt it was a bit uneven Some parts were really good and some not so much The book is a very broad overview of Cuba's history to current situation with random facts through out I'm going to Cuba next month so it was a worthwhile read for me

  10. says:

    Such a well written book and just what I needed after reading a book set in Havana and needing to know Kurlansky's writing style is extremely engaging; it's conversational and witty while still being informative and often lyrical Although at times I wanted of the politics or history the book captures the place well I'd imagine for such a short book that spans so much time What's a place is than just its politics of course it's th

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Havana A Subtropical Delirium

Award winning author Mark Kurlansky presents an insider's view of Havana the elegant tattered city he has come to know over than thirty years Part cultural history part travelogue with recipes historic engravings photographs and Kurlansky's own pen and ink drawings throughout Havana celebrates the city's singular music literature baseball and food; its five centuries of outstanding neglected architecture; and its extraordinary blend of culturesLike all great citie. I have never been to Havana the closest I have gotten is San Juan Puerto Rico which I loved but which the author makes clear is a poor substitution for Havana This was just enough of a biography of a city that has been remade several times over though some things always stay the same the city has been through many upheavals The Spanish a pirate s paradise the Americans and the mob the storms that have ravaged the city the fires set that have burned it down but always it rises againThe food the culture slavery the mix of people the mulattas the music the food narrow streets the architecture and the dirt and grime Hemingway is revered here this was the place he made his longest home drank in the bars ate in the restaurants The revolution Castro and the things that changed Interesting trivia Hemingway hated sugar and Castro loved ice cream Havana seems to be a city of its own own vibes its own atmosphere its own smells Beliefs all the different beliefs combined mix and match Santeria from the African influence so many blends of cultures here uite fascinatingLoved the writing style but this is in no way a in depth study of the city but just enough for me learned uite a bit and was entertained by this city I will probably never visit Could uite literally not take the heat and of course the sweat that permeates the air covers the people I do not find enticing The city though I find extremely interesting in thought only of course and I enjoyed the drawing pictures and recipes that were included

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S Havana has a rich history that informs the vibrant place it is today from the native Taino to Columbus's landing from Cuba's status as a US protectorate to Batista's dictatorship and Castro's revolution from Soviet presence to the welcoming of capitalist tourism Havana is a place of extremes a beautifully restored colonial city whose cobblestone streets pass through areas that have not been painted or repaired since the revolutionKurlansky shows Havana through t. With the normalization of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States the easing of travel restrictions to the island and the death of Fidel Castro last year Americans will have the opportunity to visit this gem of the Caribbean soon assuming the Trump administration doesn t decide to muck it all up But large numbers of Americans have not visited the island in over 50 years So what will they experience when they arrive This book written by a former foreign correspondent in Havana for the Chicago Tribune not only gives people a sense of the history of the capital city Havana but of the people who have lived there in good times and bad Starting with the founding of the city by Spanish colonists in the 16th century Mr Kurlansky takes readers on a voyage through 400 years of Havana history and culture While following a broadly chronological order the book also jumps from topic to topic as they crop up It is a nearly flawless meshing of two different narrative methods of organization and I love it But one of the greatest things Mr Kurlansky does is root his history in the culture and struggles of the local people the Habaneros as they call themselvesOne of the best examples of this is how Mr Kurlansky peppers his narrative with the Habaneros dark sense of humor much of which is laugh out loud hysterical One example that I can t pass up comes from the end of the book view spoiler In chapter 12 Mr Kurlansky discusses Habaneros preoccupation with martyrdom Nothing moves a Habaneros uite like a martyr for the cause according to Mr Kurlansky Just when he was riding high though Eddy El Loco Chib s made a mistake by railing against an alleged incident of corruption that seemed false it seemed that Chib s had been misinformed He started to lose his credibility This being Havana it was time to consider martyrdom for the cause At the end of his next broadcast on August 5 1951 Chibas announced This is my last call a declaration often mockingly repeated for months in the heartless humor of Havana Then he took out a32 caliber revolver and shot himself in the stomach a slow and painful way to die The final pronouncement the shot fired the body thumping onto the table by the microphone it was all supposed to be a dramatic message for his listeners Except that as Cabrera Infante said being a true Cuban politician Chib s talked beyond his allotted time and during the whole grand finale the station cut to a coffee commercial hide spoiler Chocolate Candy Always Melts In The Sun Poems AboutLove betrayal anger struggle and understanding landing from Cuba's status as a US protectorate to Batista's dictatorship and Castro's revolution from Soviet presence to the welcoming of capitalist tourism Havana is a place of extremes a beautifully restored colonial city whose cobblestone streets pass through areas that have not been painted or repaired since the revolutionKurlansky shows Havana through t. 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He eyes of Cuban writers such as Alejo Carpentier and José Martí and foreigners including Graham Greene and Hemingway He introduces us to Cuban baseball and its highly opinionated fans; the city's music scene alive with the rhythm of Son; its culinary legacy Once the only country Americans couldn't visit Cuba is now opening to us as is Havana not only by plane or boat but also through Mark Kurlansky's multilayered and electrifying portrait of the long elusive ci. I have been to Cuba twice and can hardly recognize the place that Mark Kurlansky describesThe boring and expensive food Chicken pork or shrimp with rice and black beans No vegetables and no seasoning All because way too much farmland were used for growing sugarcaneAnd the staterun hotels where you had to see two or three rooms before you found one where the WC and the shower both worked


About the Author: Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky has written edited or contributed to twenty books which have been translated into twenty five languages and won numerous prizes His previous books Cod Salt 1968 and The Food of a Younger Land were all New York Times best sellers