Waiting for Snow in Havana - Confessions of a Cuban Boy-logo

Waiting for Snow in Havana - Confessions of a Cuban Boy

Carlos Eire

A childhood in a privileged household in 1950s Havana was joyous and cruel, like any other-but with certain differences. The neighbor's monkey was liable to escape and run across your roof. Surfing was conducted by driving cars across the breakwater. Lizards and firecrackers made frequent contact. Carlos Eire's childhood was a little different from most. His father was convinced he had been Louis XVI in a past life. At school, classmates with fathers in the Batista government were attended by chauffeurs and bodyguards. At a home crammed with artifacts and paintings, portraits of Jesus spoke to him in dreams and nightmares. Then, in January 1959, the world changes: Batista is suddenly gone, a cigar-smoking guerrilla has taken his place, and Christmas is cancelled. The echo of firing squads is everywhere. And, one by one, the author's schoolmates begin to disappear-spirited away to the United States. Carlos will end up there himself, without his parents, never to see his father again. Narrated with the urgency of a confession, Waiting for Snow in Havana is both an ode to a paradise lost and an exorcism. More than that, it captures the terrible beauty of those times when we are certain we have died-and then are somehow, miraculously, reborn.

A childhood in a privileged household in 1950s Havana was joyous and cruel, like any other-but with certain differences. The neighbor's monkey was liable to escape and run across your roof. Surfing was conducted by driving cars across the breakwater. Lizards and firecrackers made frequent contact. Carlos Eire's childhood was a little different from most. His father was convinced he had been Louis XVI in a past life. At school, classmates with fathers in the Batista government were attended by chauffeurs and bodyguards. At a home crammed with artifacts and paintings, portraits of Jesus spoke to him in dreams and nightmares. Then, in January 1959, the world changes: Batista is suddenly gone, a cigar-smoking guerrilla has taken his place, and Christmas is cancelled. The echo of firing squads is everywhere. And, one by one, the author's schoolmates begin to disappear-spirited away to the United States. Carlos will end up there himself, without his parents, never to see his father again. Narrated with the urgency of a confession, Waiting for Snow in Havana is both an ode to a paradise lost and an exorcism. More than that, it captures the terrible beauty of those times when we are certain we have died-and then are somehow, miraculously, reborn.
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A childhood in a privileged household in 1950s Havana was joyous and cruel, like any other-but with certain differences. The neighbor's monkey was liable to escape and run across your roof. Surfing was conducted by driving cars across the breakwater. Lizards and firecrackers made frequent contact. Carlos Eire's childhood was a little different from most. His father was convinced he had been Louis XVI in a past life. At school, classmates with fathers in the Batista government were attended by chauffeurs and bodyguards. At a home crammed with artifacts and paintings, portraits of Jesus spoke to him in dreams and nightmares. Then, in January 1959, the world changes: Batista is suddenly gone, a cigar-smoking guerrilla has taken his place, and Christmas is cancelled. The echo of firing squads is everywhere. And, one by one, the author's schoolmates begin to disappear-spirited away to the United States. Carlos will end up there himself, without his parents, never to see his father again. Narrated with the urgency of a confession, Waiting for Snow in Havana is both an ode to a paradise lost and an exorcism. More than that, it captures the terrible beauty of those times when we are certain we have died-and then are somehow, miraculously, reborn.

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Drummond

Length:

16h 9m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:54


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

12:06


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

13:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

32:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

27:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

20:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

15:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

23:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

27:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

34:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:07


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

24:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

25:40


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

26:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

32:42


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

41:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:21


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:34


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

38:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

26:19


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

34:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

25:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

21:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

41:34


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

24:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

26:12


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

18:43


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

41:07


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

32:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

33:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

12:08


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

15:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

12:22


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

16:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:34


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

34:39


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

20:57


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

19:53


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

17:15


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

23:25


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

00:26