Sunday, May 5, 2013

Expat Books part 2

Cuban Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana

This is about a woman who moves to Cuba because of her husband’s job. Most expat books are told from the point of view of the expat. They wanted to go, they went, and now they’re talking about it. This book is from the point of view of a wife who didn’t really want to go in the first place.

This one was interesting for different reasons. It’s easy to assume that the author is a spoiled American who wants her new home to be like everything she had back in the United States, but the more you read it, the more you see she’s just a mother trying to make the best of the situation for her children.

She talks a lot about buying groceries and sending her children to school. That would be pretty boring if she was an expat in Paris, but in Cuba, just doing routine things becomes an adventure.

My main complaint with this book is that the author goes too far in trying to avoid politics. If you’re an American living in Cuba, there will be a serious political adjustment. If I’m reading about your grocery shopping, I want to read about how you adjusted to life in a communist country.

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