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 ...
  • Sean
    Mar 06, 2017
    Perfectly written with "just enough" of a historical background and cultural understanding to appreciate why Havana is the elusive and desirable "forbidden" country that I, hope, one day to experience in person....
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Mar 10, 2017
    I have always been fascinated by Havana long ago I had family members who traveled there on vacation.This is a wonderful book a true travelogue that really introduces us to the city the people the texture opens the real world of Havana.A wonderful read.A place I would love to visit,...
  • 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...
  • Sandy
    Mar 21, 2017
    A good read for those wanting to go to Cuba. It is a brief introductory history of Cuba which I found fairly interesting. My one complaint is the author had a tendency to jump around in time while writing. I found that to be distracting to the narrative....
  • 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...