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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oolichan Books (Oct. 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889822891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889822894
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #306,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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: www.rosajordan.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gdayjen on Jan. 15 2013
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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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I have read 3 of Rosa Jordan's Books (Cuba Unspun, The Woman She Was, and Dangerous Places). Rosa is an incredibly gifted writer and storey teller, who knows her facts! She has an amazing personal style that allows you to connect with her as she takes you through the journey. Rosa adds just the right amount of wit and humour at the right moments, along with a dash of sexuality to keep your attention.

If you enjoy great writing that informs, and takes you on an in-depth ride....starting reading Rosa Jordan. TK Canada
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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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A great look at the Cuba that tourists rarely see....Rosa Jordan takes you right off the beaten track into the ''real Cuba"....her love of the countryside, and the Cuban people just shines through !! A very interesting book.
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By Karin Barth on 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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