Havana: A Subtropical Delirium

Havana: A Subtropical Delirium

Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky presents an insider's view of Havana: the elegant, tattered city he has come to know over more than thirty years. Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes, historic engravings, photographs, and Kurlansky's own pen-and-ink drawings throughout, Havana celebrates the city's singular music, literature, baseball, and food; its fiv...

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Title:Havana: A Subtropical Delirium
Author:Mark Kurlansky
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ISBN:163286391X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:224 pages

Havana: A Subtropical Delirium Reviews

  • Esil
    Mar 05, 2017
    I've been to Cuba many times on holidays to warm my bones and get away from the cold Canadian winter for a few days. These were mostly resort vacations on Cuba's beautiful beaches. Quite a few years ago, a childhood friend and I were marking a common big birthday and we decided to spend a week in Ha...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Feb 20, 2017
    "Havana is not a city for people who are squeamish about sweat. Sweat is one of the many defining smells in redolent Havana and is a leitmotif in almost all Havana literature."If you are familiar with Kurlansky's other non-fiction, for instance Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World or ...
  • Jason Pettus
    Mar 07, 2017
    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)Although I enjoyed Mark Kurlansky's newest nonfiction book Havana, I don't actually have a lot to say about...
  • Joseph
    Mar 09, 2017
    Stroll along the shady streets of Havana with Mark Kurlansky, a most trustworthy and entertaining tour guide. Simply put, this is a beautifully written book, captivating from start to end. Kurlansky paints an indelible, wonderful portrait of a city and the Habaneros who have lived, thrived, struggle...
  • Diane S ☔
    Mar 20, 2017
    I have never been to Havana, the closest I have gotten is San Juan, Puerto Rico which I loved but which the author makes clear is a poor substitution for Havana. This was just enough of a biography of a city that has been remade several times over, though some things always stay the same the city ha...
  • Linda Smatzny
    Mar 19, 2017
    The book takes the reader thru the history of Havana by writing about its people, its architecture and its blend of cultures. Some of these are very different from the rest of Cuba. The author has been visiting Havana for over thirty years so has seen some of the changes. The book is short but was a...
  • Christopher
    Apr 02, 2017
    With the normalization of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, the easing of travel restrictions to the island, and the death of Fidel Castro last year, more Americans will have the opportunity to visit this gem of the Caribbean soon (assuming the Trump administration doesn't dec...
  • Paul Hoff
    May 09, 2017
    This is a great quick review of Havana's history, culture, language, food, cigars, architecture and more. It would be an excellent primer for your first trip to the city. I thoroughly enjoyed it on a weekend trip to Saipan recently. It'll stay on my bookshelf until I get my trip booked to Cuba! Then...
  • Greg
    Jun 08, 2017
    Having a Parent who lived in Cuba for a few short years before the revolution - this book was critical to filling some gaps in my understanding of the place. More, this book created a picture of the place with all of it's nuances, character, and idiosyncrasies laid in full view with historical refer...
  • Tiffany
    Jun 19, 2017
    Absolutely fascinating. I wasn't particularly interested in the subject, but really enjoy Kurlansky's (Koo-las-key, as they say in Havana) writing. He does not disappoint! Just one revelation after the other, from beginning to end, about this city of perpetual decay; it's people, it's redolence, it'...