The Island That Dared

The Island That Dared

Journeys in Cuba

Book - 2008
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Take a three-generation family holiday in Cuba in the company of Dervla Murphy, her daughter, and three young granddaughters as they trek into the hills and along the coast as a family, camping out on empty beaches beneath the stars and relishing the ubiquitous Cuban hospitality. But this is no more than the joyful start of a fully-fledged quest to understand the unique society created by the Cuban Revolution. For Dervla returns alone to explore the mountains, coastal swamps and decaying cities, investigating the experience of modern Cuba with her particular, candid curiosity. Through her own research and through conversations with Fidelistas and their critics alike, The Island That Dared builds a complex picture of a people struggling to retain their identity.
Publisher: London : Eland, 2008.
ISBN: 9781906011352
Characteristics: 421 p. :,ill., maps ;,22 cm.


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Barbarajean Sep 06, 2012

While I found the travelogue part of the book too detailed and tedious, the parts detailing Cuban history were enlightening. The author has thoroughly researched her subject matter, and presents an excellent bibliography in the back of the book.

Jun 03, 2010

A must read if you are planning a trip "off resort" in Cuba. This feisty grandma is quite the tough traveller, and gives a very different perspective on Cuba than you usually read. I was in Cuba this Dec 2009 and fell in love with the people - just like Murphy did. Cuba is changing...

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