Summary (from Goodreads):
Here is the dreamy and bittersweet story of a family divided by politics and geography by the Cuban revolution. It is the family story of Celia del Pino, and her husband, daughter and grandchildren, from the mid-1930s to 1980. Celia’s story mirrors the magical realism of Cuba itself, a country of beauty and poverty, idealism and corruption. DREAMING IN CUBAN presents a unique vision and a haunting lamentation for a past that might have been.
This is another book I had to read for school. To put it nicely, this book was not my cup of tea.
The book was a quick read and it was written from the different perspectives of every character. I’ve read books like that, but there was no rhyme or reason to the way each part happened. One chapter might have been one perspective, another chapter might have been told in four perspectives.
Plus, two of the POVs were in first person while the others were in third person. I didn’t understand who the main character was. One character was constantly writing letters to a man, but all her parts were written in third person (except the letters, which were written in first person). Confusing? I think so.
With that being said, the book was kind of hard to follow. Some parts were difficult to understand. I’ll admit that some parts I skimmed because I just had no idea what was going on.
If you’ve read this book, hopefully you had a better experience than I did. Maybe someday I’ll give it another shot, but maybe not.
You have to live in the world to say anything meaningful about it.” –Cristina Garcia, Dreaming in Cuban