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One Day in December: Celia Sánchez and the Cuban Revolution Kindle Edition
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Alice Walker is an author, poet, and activist; she won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for her novel The Color Purple. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00BTNVWMC
- Publisher : Monthly Review Press; Illustrated edition (1 April 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 5015 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Print length : 530 pages
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Stout claims that she was granted access to the official archives, but if so, she certainly didn't make use of this honor. For example, in one chapter she quotes a letter from Ms. Sanchez to Fidel Castro, and, in the author's words: " ... a reminder that she always has to replace his glasses (because he is such a brat and breaks them)" These are not the words of Ms. Sanchez, but the impression of the author. Then the author states: "...because I did not ask the curator of Fidel's papers at the archives for his response, I don't know what nasty and mean things he wrote back to her." If she did not see the letters, then how does she know that he wrote "nasty and mean things"? I am not an investigative author, or journalist, but if I was, and I was granted access to Fidel Castro's letters and papers, I would certainly take the time to read them. I also would assume that as Fidel Castro was waging a war when these letters were written, that that could possibly be the reason for broken glasses, and not "temper tantrums", as Ms. Stout is implying here.
Later in the book she informs us that it took her three years to get clearance from the Cuba Council of State to visit the Comandancia, where she writes about the flowers that Ms. Sanchez planted there, and not much else. Certainly, she makes no mention of any of the military decisions that were made in, and issued from, this historic site. In spite of the fact that she waited three years for permission to visit the Comandancia, she declines to go further up the hill, to where Radio Rebelde was situated, stating: "Erasmo asked if I wanted to go up to the mountain house used by Radio Rebelde, but I chose to sit by the waterfall instead." - Seriously? A three year wait for permission to access the site, and she doesn't even bother to view the place where most of the M26 propaganda and news was issued from? After waiting three years, she doesn't even bother to view the whole site?
This book is full of statements in which the author begins sentences with phrases such as these: "I believe that Celia was thinking ..." , "I did not ask what they meant by this, but I believe ....", etc. etc. It is written in a form that reminds me more of a Harlequin Romance novel, than a biography of one of the world's great revolutionaries. Stout spends more time discussing the Coppelia Ice Cream Parlour than she does the Bay of Pigs Invasion. At one point the author even had me laughing, when she intimated that Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and other leaders of the Sierra Maestra needed, and took, military advice from Ms. Sanchez.
This book is a waste of time for anyone who has a serious interest in the Cuban Revolution - either during it's insurrection or through it's 50 year history. It is an insult to the memory of Celia Sanchez. If it truly did take Ms. Stout ten years to write it, then it was almost as colossal a waste of her time writing it, as it was my time reading it.
I would not recommend this poorly written book to anyone.