Thursday, May 5, 2011

My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood by Rosemary Wells and Secundino Fernandez

Reviewed by Mrs. Bruno at Arongen

The childhood memories of architect, Secundino Fernandez are relived in this personal narrative of 20th century Havana, Cuba. Growing up in the warm climate with ancient buildings and an array of colors, Dino uses his sketchbook to recreate these marvals in his drawings of his beautiful city. Then he is saddened by the news that he has to leave and help an ailing relative in Spain. Life is hard under the strict dictatorial government and Dino longs for his homeland. After two years, the family decides that they will go back to Havana, but the plans abruptly change when political difficulties prevent them from doing so. The new route they take is to New York City where Dino has a new canvas and the family will rebuild their lives.

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