• Vibrant and hugely enjoyable ... DePalma is a terrific reporter, with a novelist's eye for detail. He uses the extraordinary trust he has gained from his subjects to paint a vivid, deeply sympathetic picture of Cuban life, and the quiet fortitude of its people

  • An immersive and compelling read ... DePalma wanted to 'reach beyond the myths, to show the real Cuba and the real Cubans who live there' ... In this, he has succeeded brilliantly

    Literary Review
  • A moving and rich account ... DePalma's book is overflowing with warmth and humanity - much like the Cuban people

    The Times
  • Remarkably revealing ... [DePalma] renders a Cuba few tourists will ever see ... You won't forget these people soon, and you are bound to emerge from DePalma's bighearted account with a deeper understanding of a storied island

    The New York Times
  • Think of this as an anti-Fidel corrective to the scores of volumes fixated on the ruler-for-life-force-of-nature-movie-star dictator

    Washington Post Sunday
  • DePalma's perceptive portrait of the lives of ordinary citizens, their hopes and inevitable disillusionment after 60 years of revolution ... is a deeply reported ... account of Cuba's bittersweet realities

    Financial Times

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