Todos se van kindle –

When Nieve Guerra finds herself caught between the tides of her parents turbulent relationship and a country torn apart by political unrest, she begins recording the intimate and harsh details of her life within the pages of her Diary Nieve is sent away from her mother, her mother s free spirited and loving Swedish boyfriend Fausto, and her childhood city of Cienfuegos and forced to endure unrelenting abuse at the hand of her father Only her Diary will not leave her It is her only friend, her sole outlet for her joy, sadness, and anger, and because of it she is able to remain in Cuba, her only home.

10 thoughts on “Todos se van

  1. Kate Kate says:

    There is a general rule of thumb that if you make it 100 your age pages into a book, and you aren t captivated, you should give up, given that life and the number of books you ll be able to read in yours is finite, and you shouldn t waste your time on books that aren t grabbing you This one isn t It looked good I enjoy reading memoirs and autobiographical fiction by women from backgrounds different from my own, I ve barely read anything by Cuban authors, but this was dull It didn t give any sense of scenery or history, the author clearly had issues with both of her parents, but even a scene where Nieve, our thinly veiled protagonist, finds a locked room in her father s house filled with voodoo bijeria dolls of her mother, skulls and a shrunken head seemed flat This is likely the fault of the translator, given how popular this book was abroad, but I couldn t invest another minute Moving on.

  2. ianca rebel ianca rebel says:

    Wendy Guerra is the first Cuban author I ve ever read so far, and I thoroughly enjoyed it not only does she scatter Cuban artists music, poetry in her diary, but she also gives passage to wild, authentic thoughts as a child always on the move, with a broken family It s captivating to see her transformation through adolescence, and how she tries to understand herself through her writing, but also Che Guevara s influences in Cuba I felt the end was too rushed, and abrupt, maybe, but nevertheless, an enjoyable read Made me want to discover artists from Cuba P.S I recommend Joaquin Sabina Eclipse de mar song

  3. Claire Claire says:

    Interesting read about the current situation of an island whose population has been oppressed for almost six decades The first part, which is expressed from the point of view of a young girl, is simple and depicts her world through the eyes and innocence of a child The second part, as written from the view point of a young woman, denotes her coming of age and the bitter fact of living among those who ve stayed behind on an island surrounded by squalor, disillusionment and hopelessness where the only place to go is within yourself Her realization is that those that leave never return It s a work of fiction with a lot of truth weaved into the narrative.

  4. Santiago Mejia Santiago Mejia says:

    Beautiful book, an insight of the Cuba of the revolution from the point of view of a growing girl.

  5. Cole Krug Cole Krug says:

    An intimate account of growing up in the 70s and 80s during the Cuban revolution.

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  7. Carolyn89 Carolyn89 says:

    Frickin amazing.

  8. Wanda Wanda says:

    A perplexing and fascinating insightinto life in Cuba for a young girl growing up among the artists The poverty and privations are not overlooked or downplayed, but they are simply facts of how she lived.Falling in love provides a brief respite, since he is a successful artist, but when opportunity opens, he, too, is gone.Finally snow falls in Havana and Nieve finally feels at home.

  9. Tom Costello Tom Costello says:

    I read this book after hearing Alan Cheuse s review on NPR s All Things Considered He is insightful than I Read his review.This novel is part autobiography and part fiction I leave it up to you to figure how much is real In diary form, it paints a picture of a small part of Cuba in the seventies and eighties seen through the eyes of girl from age 8 to young adulthood Guerre hints at the reality of an aging Revolution rather than describes it The reader has to read between the lines to get the full force of the diarist s observations The language and the images strike me as from the pen of a mature writer as in fact they are and in translation as well Still I was constantly reminded of Anne Frank s diary which I have not read in fifty years I could put Everyone Leaves down to go to work with great difficulty If I had started it on a weekend I would have read nonstop I was left with the desire to read of Guerre and also first hand descriptions of life in modern Cuba.

  10. Charlotte Blessing Charlotte Blessing says:

    I am nearly done with this book Loving it It feels authentic and the voice is there, speaking as I am reading I ve just ordered a couple of DVDs and books about CUBA I need to learn .But back to Everyone Leaves It s a heartbreaking story about a young girl who is torn away from her mother My sense is the father still loves the mother, but because of political differences their paths have separated That a little girl live Nieve could be so mistreated and abused and nothing was ever done, is just plain sad to read about Feels true.I highly recommend the book, even to young people who need to learn about the history of Cuba.