King of Cuba: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, May 21, 2013 - Fiction - 235 pages
21 Reviews
Vivid and alive, Cristina García’s new novel transports readers to Cuba, to Miami, and into the heads of two larger-than-life men—a fictionalized Fidel Castro and an octogenarian Cuban exile obsessed with seeking revenge against the dictator. In King of Cuba, the National Book Award finalist and author of Dreaming in Cuban, writing at the top of her form with humor and humanity, returns to the territory of her homeland.

El Comandante, an aging dictator, shambles about his mansion in Havana, visits a dying friend, tortures hunger strikers in one of his prisons, and grapples with the stale end of his life that is as devoid of grandeur as his nearly sixty-year-old revolution. Across the waters in Florida, Goyo Herrera, a Miami exile in his eighties, plots revenge against his longtime enemy—the very same El Comandante—whom he blames for stealing his beloved, ruining his homeland, and taking his father’s life. Herrera would gladly “wear chains on his ankles, chisel stones for his remaining days, even become a goddamn Democrat for the gratification of personally expediting the tyrant’s journey back to the Devil, with whom he’d obviously made a pact.”

With her masterful twinning of El Comandante and Herrera, along with the rabble of other Cuban voices that combine to create a chorus of history’s unofficial stories, García plumbs the passions and realities of these two Cubas—on the island and off—and offers a pulsating story that entertains and illuminates.
 

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User Review  - Marisa Gonzalez - Goodreads

A mildly entertaining story told from two viewpoints....one from an aging Fidel Castro (referred to as "El Comandante") the other from a Cuban exile who is plotting to kill him. While this book had some funny lines the plot seemed kind of weak. An ok read but nothing too exciting. Read full review

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User Review  - Mandapants - Goodreads

Like the particular pair of old men it features, "King of Cuba" is somewhat slow to get going and meandering once it starts up. There are enough entertaining bits along the way to keep on going until ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
19
Section 3
33
Section 4
47
Section 5
55
Section 6
71
Section 7
87
Section 8
101
Section 11
127
Section 12
141
Section 13
155
Section 14
169
Section 15
181
Section 16
193
Section 17
195
Section 18
209

Section 9
113
Section 10
115
Section 19
221
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About the author (2013)

Cristina García is the author of six novels, including the National Book Award finalist Dreaming in Cuban; children’s books; anthologies; and poetry. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers’ Award, among other honors, and is currently University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos. Visit her website at CristinaGarciaNovelist.com.  

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