Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1 | Chapter 2)
Chapter 1 | Chapter 2. The driving purpose of this book is to present a personal account of the years immediately before and after Fidel Castro overthrew President Batista and took control of Cuba. These first two chapters introduce the reader to Carlos, who recalls his childhood memories in light of Fidel's actions. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the relationship between history and memory in this book.
1. Narrator analysis. Who is telling the story? Describe what you know of the narrator from reading the first two chapters. Does he write as an adult or as a child? Do you feel that his memories of Cuba can be trusted as an accurate portrayal of the political climate of the time? Explain.
2. Classroom discussion. What can you gather about the political scene through Carlos's memories in these two chapters? How do you know? Cite as many specific...
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