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Cuba Unspun [Paperback]

Rosa Jordan
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Oct. 15 2012
In Cuba Unspun Rosa Jordan introduces readers to Cubans in all walks of life, people whom she has met during travels around the island by bike, bus, plane, train, truck, and car. Familiar places like Havana and Varadero are viewed from unfamiliar angles and serve as starting points for adventures that began in 1996 and continue into the future. Jordan has camped in a military compound, spent a rainy night in the jungle without a tent, cycled through hurricane-devastated coastal towns, run into a friend at a gay pride parade in the capital, picked up hundreds hitchhikers, come face to face with Fidel, and much more. It is a trip through time as well as space, recording changes in Cuba over the past 15 years and offering analyses of Cuban history and its present leadership that holds many surprises.

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Rosa Jordan grew up in Florida? Everglades, earned degrees from universities in California and Mexico, and immigrated to Canada in 1980. Her earliest writings were articles drawn from travels in Latin America. Those experiences later became the basis of a non-fiction book, Dangerous Places: Travels on the Edge.Travel continues to inform Rosa? life and work. In the past decade she has authored two novels: Far From Botany Bay, set in the South Pacific, and The Woman She Was, set in contemporary Cuba. She has also written three non-fiction books about Cuba: Cycling Cuba, Cuba? Best Beaches, and now in 2012, Cuba Unspun, a travel narrative spanning 15 years. Rosa and her partner Derek Choukalos live, write, ski, and cycle in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia. More about her books and articles can be found at:

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cuba Unspun March 1 2013
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Excellent book if you love Cuba. Even if you are not sure about Cuba, this book is very interesting and informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the novice traveller and the cubaphile! Jan. 19 2013
I think that nothing better sums up this book than this from Rosa Jordan's own preface:

"After 15 years of traveling around Cuba....I now have a better idea of what is not true. But no certainty about what is."

The paradoxes and uncertainties that make up the ball of wax that is Cuba are adroitly drawn out with critical compassion.

A great read with insights into the author and her love affair with this most egnimatic 'exoctic' locale.
I read it in one sitting. Enough said!
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4.0 out of 5 stars understanding Cuba? Jan. 15 2013
By gdayjen
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Rosa Jordan does not give all the answers - and in fact does not set out to help you understand the beguiling Cuba - but in this book she lifts the lid on aspects of Cuban life that not many travellers have the good fortune to experience. In doing so, she will take you on a voyage to difference, to unexpected outcomes, to surprise discoveries. Discussions about the impact that women had on the Revolution, discussion about whether or not Cuba has entrenched racism, discussions about how Cuba overcame the collapse of the Soviet......but most of all about her experiences over the years with the generosity of the Cuban people.

I would recommend this book to anyone with the need to broaden their knowledge of the country - anyone with the willingness to listen to a thoughtful discourse. And it's also entertaining, written not from an academic perspective but from the perspective of a person who knows how to make stuff interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "the book" for someone seeking an insight into the real Cuba. Jan. 31 2013
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On the first page, Ms. Jordan states "After 15 years traveling around Cuba ........................, I now have a better idea of what is not true. But no certainty what is." Those words establish real credibility to anyone who has spent much time in Cuba because of it's complexity. While no one totally understands and can explain Cuba, she knows more and explains better than anyone I have read.

If you want to learn about the physical attributes of Cuba, get a guide book. If you want some understanding what Cuban people are really all about, this is the book for you.

Very readable because of her writing style. Very interesting because it is all stories gleaned from her first hand experiences traveling all around the country for many years and the many Cuban people she has met.
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