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3.5 The writing was very lyrical and the story was interesting It will definitely make a great discussion It reminded me a lot of Carlos Ruis Zafon s Shadow of the Wind I only gave it 3.5 stars because, for my own readi A book that starts in the 1960 s and gives the history of Cuba through the eyes of Maria Sirena now at the end of her life as she shelters with other women during a hurricane.Maria Sirena is known for her storytelling skills and so she distracts the w Perhaps she is right, that there is no reason to suffering, no fair dealing when it comes to meting out bliss and pain There are just choices, and the echoes of those choices The memory of her in that moment, ragged and hostile, remained a vague one for a long time It became clear only a few months later, when I d seen enough to make meaning of those blurry shapes I cannot pinpoint the exact moment when the remembrance suddenly sharpened in my head, but it was similar to the feeling of puttin Perhaps she is right, that there is no reason to suffering, no fair dealing when it comes to meting out bliss and pain There are just choices, and the echoes of those choices The memory of her in that moment, ragged and hostile, remained a vague one for a long time It became clear only a few months later, when I d seen enough to make meaning of those blurry shapes I cannot pinpoint the exact moment when the remembrance suddenly sharpened in my head, but it was similar to the feeling of putting on eyeglasses for the first time I realized two things that night The first was that LuLu admired my father in direct relation to his status as a rebel She d left Julio Reyes in Havana without much of a thought once Agustin returned, bloody and smelling of smoke Now, at Dos Rios, another man threate There are many things to like about this book It s kind of like the slow burn in some spicy food It doesn t immediately hit you, but grows as you eat and then lingers for awhile after you re done One image that has s This book reminded me a bit of Bel Canto, which I haven t read in a long time The historical life of Cuba was interesting and the family story was fascinating and beautiful There is so much pain, love, hate, war, healing, all wrapped up in one storyteller s tale Please read it Beautiful storytelling, a portal into an old Spanish American War Cuba an unfamiliar world to me, but the loves, losses, relationships of women are a language I know Cleverly written epic within a story, both tragedies and yet still holding strength and hope This would be a fun one to rea I m rather ignorant of many things, and Cuba s history is one of them, so it has been fascinating reading this novel It s set in 1963 when a group of mostly old women has been evacuated from their homes to escape the devastation of Hurricane Flora With nothing to do except talk, Maria Sirena finds hersel If you are looking fordiverse reads or are interested in readingfrom an Hispanic author, this story begins in 1963 in Castro s Cuba A storyteller tries to keep the ladies calm as they ride out the a hurricane in the former Governor s Palace She tells her own story and that of her father and mother in Cuba s third war for independence Most of the book circles around this time period Some of the themes that are introduced include the importance Mama, como te queiro, my daughter whispers, proving what I already know that there can be no safe place, no body that does not grow ill at last, no escape from death or absolute safety from storms But that love, in its full measure, is a kind of swirling tempest, too, and in its eye, there is stillness and comfort and peace I did not intend to read another book about revolution on a small island when I picked this up, since I just finished a novel about war in Sri Lanka, but after I exper Mama, como te queiro, my daughter whispers, proving what I already know that there can be no safe place, no body that does not grow ill at last, no escape from death or ^Free Epub ⇹ The Distant 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