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  • By Jorge Deschapelles
    Nov 17, 2012
    So many things stand out in this collection of stories that it is hard to know where to begin. It is a special book for many reasons, and I would be remiss to leave anything out. First, this book chronicles a family history, and since it is the story of our family, there is something necessary about it for us - because it tells us who we are and more important who we came from.But I have expressed the value of the story as if it was only of interest to the family. I think there is more to it, and that others, friends or strangers, will feel compelled to pause on its pages. This is because it is a story of growing up, and not just growing up, but growing up in pre-revolution Cuba. And, it demonstrates a world of children at play who exhibit a sense of freedom and joy hard to imagine nowadays, hard to imagine for too many reasons to begin to explain. There is always some danger growing up and the willingness to try something new and foolish has always been the trademark of childhood.... More > This is life itself, and children push it to the limit. In that sense, this book shows the misadventures of childhood and qualifies as a Cuban Huck Finn story. Though it is true we never find out the who won the tarantula-scorpion battle and Tía Lillian still decides who rides the nag, everyone is there for each other and makes out ok in the end.< Less
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Product Details

2012 October
November 17, 2012
Hardcover (casewrap)
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.64 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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