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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
The Havana Papers by Michael Daly is the author's narration of the exploration he did during his one-week stay in the city of Havana, discovering different parts of the city brought to its knees by the revolution. Michael Daly had traveled to Havana to write, but when he realized he could not do that at the moment, he decided to do with his eyes and camera what he could not do with his broken typewriter. Each day, he went to a different part of the city, walked the empty alleys and streets filled with destruction and desperation, while taking in the ruin that was post revolution Cuba. In this book, he narrates with great detail his experience while he walked the streets of a dead city filled with abandoned, bullet-riddled buildings and desperate inhabitants.
After reading The Havana Papers, I felt I had a vivid imagine of post revolution Cuba. Through Michael Daly's descriptive writing, I could clearly picture the destruction left behind by the revolution and feel the general gloomy cloud that hung over a country once filled with so much promise. Michael Daly gave a true description of what was left of Havana after the revolution and through the pages of this book you will walk the empty streets of Havana and see the city through his eyes. Each chapter takes you to a new part of the city and through these chapters, you discover more and more about the city that once was. He really did an incredible job of bringing his experiences to life and this book would be a great read for anyone looking to discover how the city of Havana looked after the revolution.