Cuba Libre (Paperback)

Author: Leonard, Elmore

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A spellbinding journey into the heart and soul of the Cuban revolution of a hundred years ago, "Cuba Libre" is high adventure, history brought to life, and a honey of a love story.


Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780060084042
SKU 30946659
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0060084049
Release Date 8/1/2002
Dimensions (in Inches) 6.5H x 4L x 0.75T
Author Info
Elmore Leonard
Elmore "Dutch" Leonard first became interested in writing at the age of 10 after reading a serialization of "All Quiet on the Western Front", which inspired him to write a play for his fifth-grade class. He dabbled a little more in writing during high school, but after graduating in 1943, he joined the Navy and served in the South Pacific until 1946, when he went back home to attend the University of Detroit. Graduating with a degree in English and philosophy in 1950, Leonard continued working for the advertising agency he joined a year earlier, at the same time seriously turning his attention to writing for the first time. Initially establishing himself as a respected western writer, Leonard published his first story in 1951, "The Trail of the Apache". A string of western stories followed and, in 1953, his first novel, "The Bounty Hunters", hit the stands. He continued his work in advertising while publishing a sizable number of westerns, including the award-winning novel "Hombre". Leonard left the advertising agency in 1961 to work for himself for five years, producing educational and industrial films, as well as sales and marketing products. When Twentieth Century Fox bought the rights to "Hombre" in 1966, he was able to devote his full attention to writing. In 1968, Leonard switched from writing westerns to the genre he is most known for today, a contemporary amalgamation of mystery and crime colored with a sharp, witty, and precise prose style that has established him as both a cult favorite and a critically acclaimed novelist. "Glitz", his first major bestseller, appeared in 1985, beginning a long string of successes. Many of his novels have been made into successful films, including "Get Shorty" and "Rum Punch" (released as "Jackie Brown"). Leonard has lived in his home state of Michigan for most of his life, settling down with his wife, Christine. They have had five children together and are grandparents many times over.
"Top entertainment from the pro's pro: a million greedy schemes with time-outs for war and sex."
"Leonard shows his usual flair for characters and capers, and he's good with history writ small--he evokes a bygone Havana with plausible particulars, plenty of narrow streets and closed shutters....Until the end, Leonard manages to keep you in suspense about who's going to wind up with the cash, but there's one thing you know from the start: the 'mambis' never stand a chance."
"The war turns out to be backdrop rather than instigating purpose, a way to raise the hype rather than the ante. There is so much good storytelling in the novel, from parodies of the press to mockeries of the aristocracy to lessons on the manners of horses, that the reader is disappointed when the story falls back on traditional adventure motifs. Still, there are few writers who can match Leonard when it comes to narrative moves, none who write dialogues that say so little and mean so much....The result is a taut, often funny, frequently brutal account of how personal desires take tangled forms in trying times."
"'Cuba Libre' maintains its equilibrium throughout, gives a dash of entertainment to the origins of the still-unresolved relationship between the United States and Cuba and carries the reader to a rewarding, if somewhat predictable, climax. To Leonard's immense credit, after more than 30 books, he still explores new terrain, continues to expand his turf and pulls it off with class."
"'Cuba Libre is not a bad book; it is, however, disappointing. The combination of subject and author promised much more than Leonard delivers."
From the Publisher
Annotation Gunrunner Ben Tyler travels to Cuba during the Spanish-American war hoping to sell arms to Cuban nationals and make a hefty profit. Then the USS Maine explodes, sending the already turbulent region into greater turmoil.
Editors Note War in Cuba isn't Ben Tyler's concern. Still, sailing mares and guns into Havana harbor in 1898--right past the submerged wreckage of the U.S. battleship Maine--may not be the smartest thing the recently prison-sprung horse wrangler ever did. Neither is shooting one of the local Guardia, though the pompous peacock deserved it. Now Tyler's sitting tight in a vermin-infested Cuban stockade waiting to face a firing squad. But he's not dying until he gets the money he's owed from a two-timing American sugar baron. And there's one smart, pistol-hot lady at the rich man's side who could help Ben get everything he's got rightfully coming...even when the whole damn island's going straight to hell.
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Book Format Pocketbook
Number of Pages 0432
Publisher HarperTorch
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