Travelers' Tales of Old Cuba
From Treasure Island to Mafia den
Edited by John Jenkins
Later chapters reflect the “American era” when the island was transformed into a glittering tourist and gambler’s paradise operated by the Mafia.
Good travelers’ stories should not only inform the reader but also fire the imagination. These tales are full of the flavor and manners of a bygone era, reflecting the various impressions of visitors to one of the most alluring islands on earth.
John Jenkins is an award-winning Australian poet and travel writer. The author several books of poetry, two books on contemporary music, a libretto and many other publications, John won the prestigious international James Joyce Foundation Suspended Sentence Award in 2004.
Creating both a literary project and an historical mini-course on the early nineteenth to middle twentieth century, the editor has gathered writings mostly by Americans in Cuba who tended to have a complex ‘love/hate relationship’ with the place… In the end, most reveal their fondness for Cuba…
This collection presents a good and rather colorful early picture of a country that Columbus recorded in his journal as being ‘the most beautiful island that eyes ever beheld.’ Furthermore, these travelers’ tales are an entertaining collection of stories for both readers who know Cuba well and those of us who are less familiar with this fascinating country.
—British Bulletin on Latin America