Waiting for Snow in Havana - Confessions of a Cuban Boy Themes

Carlos Eire
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The predominant theme is that of loss. Fidel forces Cubans to make a choice between exile and oppression. Carlos' mother chooses exile for herself and her sons. In being exiled, Carlos loses at the age of 11, not just his country but his whole life. He is separated from his parents, his grandparents, his friends, and a way of life. In America, his longing manifests itself in Cuba-shaped clouds and vivid, tactile memories. The loss has actually begun even before he leaves for America. Fidel has already taken away from the populace everything, ranging from free speech to tropical shakes. Eire recreates the events from his childhood, especially the dangerous moments that bring with them a sense of exhilaration. These are the memories that are most alive to him. His recollections are full of colors, tastes, sounds, and smells. There are moments when Eire imagines what his adult...

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