Sixteen-year-old Lourdes is a dedicated and proud revolutionary who spends the summer of 1982, along with her peers, at the “School-in-the-Fields,” tilling tobacco fields to prove her dedication to Fidel and the revolution. But she is also a study of contradictions. Lourdes outwardly scoffs at the old ways but wears an azabache amulet under her clothing, next to her Che meSixteen-year-old Lourdes is a dedicated and proud revolutionary who spends the summer of 1982, along with her peers, at the “School-in-the-Fields,” tilling tobacco fields to prove her dedication to Fidel and the revolution. But she is also a study of contradictions. Lourdes outwardly scoffs at the old ways but wears an azabache amulet under her clothing, next to her Che medallion, to ward off evil spirits. She secretly prays to the orisha Yemayá while she pledges her fealty to Fidel and the secular socialist ideals of her father, a professor of scientific Communism at the University of Havana. She develops a crush on her roommate at the camp, but, like many other things in the socialist regime under which she lives, same-sex relationships are forbidden. Like other girls her age, she longs to wear smuggled Jordache jeans and drink Cuban coffee, to watch American cartoons and eat steak whenever she wants. All simple pleasures, all denied her by the same revolution she serves. What she has are the harsh realities of life in a glorified work camp, which lead her to question her allegiances. Why does she want to be like Che? ....
|Title||:||Girl Like Che Guevara|
|Number of Pages||:||320 Pages|
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Girl Like Che Guevara Reviews
Talk about a huge disappointment! I have to sya something personal first so I can fully express my view on this book, so here goes:three months ago I felt that I should write. Not because I thought i'd be good at it, but because I thought I had some very good story ideas that are worth telling. So, i started a couple of stories. I stopped for a while and then went back to read what I wrote, and I really saw that I was not good; I could not really express in prose the things that were raging in my head. Basically, I didn't just believe it was good to make myself feel better, so i stopped, because i am a perfectionist and I believe that one should either make something perfect or really just keep it to themselves. Now, how is this related to the book? Basically, I do not know why the author of this book did not do the same thing I did, because the book is seriously badly written; I really would not have spent the money on printing it. What's wrong with it? let me tell you:1- the actions and expressions are way over-exaggerated.2- there is no flow in the narration of the story.3- the characters are really too stereotypical and I felt as though the author was almost patronizing towards them.4- the book certainly gives you the feel that the author was like "oh, let me write something that sounds genuine but allows me to bash post-castro cuba as much as i can"! I picked thias book because as a socialist, I wanted to hear the other side of the story about Castro's Cuba, boy was i disappointed.5- the story seems too fabricated and the reader can definately tell that the author did not experience any of the events or feelings that her characters did, which gives the story a very fake feel.6- Language and literary traits are very weak.I really think that this book was a waste of time, at least I did not buy it myself or it would have been a waste of money too!
I'm unclear on whether this was supposed to be a YA book or adult fiction. It was in adult fiction at my library, and the subject matter seemed interesting, so I picked it up. Unfortunately, my expectations weren't really met. This book plodded for me. There was a lot of action, but really very little tension. What happened didn't seem to matter or have lasting impact. I gained some interesting insight into Cuba under Castro, and the book had potential but it wasn't fulfilled. I feel like the novel really could have benefited from an editor who could help the author hone the story she had to tell.
Sixteen-year-old Lourdes spends several months at a School-in-the Fields, a national program to combine school and work, but basically a work camp where they show their loyalty to Fidel Castro. She aspires to be like her hero Che Guevara and she believes in socialism and communism. But her fervent idealism and naivete are rocked as she gets to know the other youth and the teachers, and witnesses gossip, scandal, and injustice in the camp. A steady plot with no climax, this book is more an evolution of character. Lib notes: Sexual scenes including homosexual.
I liked this book. It was filled with controversy, playing through sexual, political and racial double-standards. However, I found each to be relevant and beneficial to the story line. Definitely not one for the classroom (if the goal is to stay employed) which makes the historical and social nature of this book a tricky fit -- younger than the adult audience who may find the social aspects interesting and the sexual content is a bit older than the intended teen audience.
It was OK. A story I already knew many times over - and unfortunately not the best telling of it. It may be interesting to people who know nothing about post-Castro Cuba, but to me it's old news. It is not the first comeing of age under Castro book, and as I wrote before - not the best written.I read a little more than half, and frankly - didn't care to read anymore.
thought this book was brilliant.... exactly the sort of thing a YA novel should be: diverse, challenging, and representative of the complex emotions and feelings that happen during growing up. also discussion of che, the idea of revolution, and GLBT characters! fantastic, i tell you. literally could not put it down... check it out!
The writing was good and the details made the story rich, but that plot was really lacking. While I didn't feel bored, I wasn't compelled to keep reading. Plus the whole lesbian thing was kinda random.
Feels a little unfinished.