Cuban Essays

Dreaming in Cuban

“All summer she has lived in her memories . . .. Her past, she fears, is eclipsing her present”. In Celia’s life, it always has. Celia is caught in the folds of time. Her central memory is that of Gustavo Sierra de Armas, the married Spaniard with whom Celia, when she was a very young department store clerk in Havana, had an intense love affair that was truncated by his unannounced departure. For twenty-five years, until the triumph of the…

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Cuban Revolution

The dual personality of doctors has been observed since ancient times. Thousands of years ago, the mythological Dr. Imhotep of Egypt had a personality similar to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—two personalities in one person. Even more recently, this has been noticed in terrorists and extremists. In 2007, for instance, 45 Muslim doctors planned US terror attacks from Britain. And just five months ago, a Fort Hood medical doctor, a psychiatrist in fact, open fired on his…

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American Tabloid

American Tabloid covers a five year period of time leading up to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The novel is over five hundred pages long and contains one hundred chapters. There are five main sections to the book. This book is the first in a three part series called Underworld USA. Although the book does move sequentially, the author also uses flashbacks to a limited degree. The motives of the conspirators are varied. Most are dealing with some…

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Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis was a problem rooted in the conflict that was the Cold War. When the Second World War ended, there was the restoration of order throughout the globe. Nonetheless, the end of the war also paved the way for the beginning of yet another conflict. The Cold War was a period of conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States. It was this feud between the two superpowers which led to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The…

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The Women of Dreaming in Cuban

Four characters spanning three generations dominate the storyline of Dreaming in Cuban (Garcia, 1992), four women of the same blood who could not possibly contrast more. Centered on the rise to power of Fidel Castro and the ways in which the members of the family del Pino embraced or rejected la revolucion, Dreaming in Cuban is poignant tale enriched with beautiful language. The matriarch of the family is Celia del Pino, a woman whose passion for the lost love of…

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Cuban Rumba

The Cuban culture is a mixture of Spanish and African traditions. Spanish guitars, melodies and music formulas brought by Spanish colonizers are accompanied by rhythms and percussion instruments that are used in Africa. The latter was contributed by Africans who were brought to Cuba as slaves. This excellent combination gives the Cuban music unique forms which include the son, mambo, and rumba. The word rumba came from the verb rumbear meaning “to have a good time or party”. The most…

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