Island Of Memory: Growing Up in Cuba Before the Revolution

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ISBN: 9781457534508
168 pages

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This warm, sometimes funny, and deeply emotional memoir tells what it was like growing up more than half a century ago in pre-Castro Cuba. Roberto López recounts a very personal story of family, school experiences, and friendships. He relates what it was like to be Cuban and what Cuba—in those days—looked and felt like: the streets of old Havana and his lively neighborhood where streetcars were so crowded passengers might have to climb on top, where peddlers plied everything from fish to sweets, and where men gathered in the bodegas to play dice on shiny mahogany counters while drinking beer or downing cup after cup of hot, black, sweet, and wickedly strong coffee. 

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About Roberto Diego Lopez with Virginia Croft Lopez

Roberto D. López came to the United States in November 1960 with his wife Milagros and daughter Carmen. Forced, as were most Cuban immigrants, to start their lives over again, he worked briefly as a busboy, then as a salesman, studying English and business at night. He retired as Vice President/Treasurer, Systems Services Division, Planning Research Corporation in 1987.

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Excerpt

I have a photograph of myself at three. I’m holding a pair of maracas and I’m smiling and looking as healthy and happy as the next three-year-old. But sometime after that I lost my appetite for a reason that is not altogether clear. I seldom felt the urge to eat, and when I was seduced into it, more often than not I would throw up. At the same time, I was a very active little boy and I don’t remember feeling short of energy.

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