Cuba: My Revolution

Cuba My Revolution Seventeen year old Sonia a medical student with dreams of becoming a modernist painter is caught up in Fidel Castro s revolution from the moment it captures Havana on New Year s Eve While her e

  • Title: Cuba: My Revolution
  • Author: Inverna Lockpez Dean Haspiel José Villarrubia
  • ISBN: 9781401222178
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Seventeen year old Sonia, a medical student with dreams of becoming a modernist painter, is caught up in Fidel Castro s revolution from the moment it captures Havana on New Year s Eve 1958 While her eccentric mother hatches an increasingly desperate series of plans to flee Cuba, Sonia joins the militia and volunteers as a medic at the Bay of Pigs where she encounters heSeventeen year old Sonia, a medical student with dreams of becoming a modernist painter, is caught up in Fidel Castro s revolution from the moment it captures Havana on New Year s Eve 1958 While her eccentric mother hatches an increasingly desperate series of plans to flee Cuba, Sonia joins the militia and volunteers as a medic at the Bay of Pigs where she encounters her mortally wounded high school sweetheart as an enemy fighter, then is arrested and tortured for treating another CIA trained brigadier Scarred, yet clinging to her revolutionary ideals, she seeks fulfillment in an artists collective, only to be further disillusioned by increasing repression under Castro Finally, she flees to America where she has been a painter and influential arts activist.

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    1. I 'bumped' this book to the top of my reading list because of the current events happening in Cuba. I find that history is often skewed; that we tend to insist on telescopes to see the 'stars' (world leaders) and neglect the microscope to see the 'organisms' (common people) in the 'lab of history.' Seventeen-year-old Sonia is torn between becoming a doctor or a painter when Castro comes to power. At first she supports the new policies of the revolutionbut behind all the speeches she finds that t [...]

    2. In Cuba: My Revolution, Inverna Lockpez gives us a perfect example of the Miami Anti-Castro mindset, fifty years after the event, although she does her best to cloak this agenda in "liberal" trappings, by depicting Sonya, her protagonist, as a dedicated revolutionary. While the nature of Sonya's commitment is never explained beyond an overtly sexual attraction to Fidel's "bold and dominating figure," an early representation of Sonya, mostly sans pupils, entranced zombie-like at a Fidelista rally [...]

    3. This beautifully drawn graphic novel tells a personal story about the Cuban Revolution that is often overlooked by broader histories. Sonya's journey is a difficult one and if the ending felt slightly pat, it's only because the rest of the story was so deep and complex. It is very clear that all of the characters are drawn from life, they are too conflicted to be fictional. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in comics or history.

    4. This was a deeply personal look at the Cuban Revolution. I actually like how Lockpez created a character through which to tell the story, although every event that occurred in the book actually happened to her. The experiences were painful and traumatizing, and it makes sense for her to need a small step away from it. Books like this are necessary as the US is reopening relations with Cuba, as a reminder of the oppression that the Cuban people are still living under.

    5. This part of history I am not very much aware of except for some snippets I read or see on the internet. I want to learn more and understand more of the underlying politics and what was/is at play. I also want to learn more of the revolution and it's principles and what essentially happened to it along the way. Oh and, beautiful illustrations.

    6. Easily one of the most interesting women in the world today is Yoani Sanchez, whom I had the pleasure of meeting in Havana a couple years ago. (I smuggled her in a couple laptops and some t-shirts with her blog's logo.) Finding her wasn't easy. Eventually I made contacts with a woman who claimed to be her American translator, a woman named Mary. It took a while before Mary trusted me enough to provide me with a Havana phone number. After about a dozen calls I reached someone on the other end of [...]

    7. 3.5Empezar otra vez con “Podría estar mejor” se me hace repetitivo y parecer una cretina, pero es lo que mejor se ajusta.Esta novela gráfica cuenta, apoyada en unas bellísimas ilustraciones (que en mi opinión hacen más por la novela que la propia narración), una historia similar a la de millares de cubanos: la de amor y apoyo a una revolución, y la posterior y paulatina decepción conforme se van mostrando sus verdaderos colores.El problema que, en mi opinión tiene, es que falla a la [...]

    8. A powerful graphic memoir of a Havana-born artist who was formerly an ardent pro-revolutionary Cuban medical student. The graphic novel is the perfect vehicle for this heart-breaking coming-of-age true story. Highly recommended — especially for those who want to understand what happened in Cuba.

    9. An inside story of the decay of life in Cuba after the revolution by a revolution supporter. She becomes more disillusioned until she flees Cuba. A startling and revealing story.

    10. I hate to admit it but this book was a bit of a disappointment for me. I think it is an average entry into the graphic novel memoir genre because of the writing/plot. The protagonist is a middle class girl who supports Fidel Castro during and after the Revolution and My Revolution focuses on her and her family's struggles in Cuba. I won't spoil how she changes and grows over the course of the plot but the narrator is frustrating to read about because of her privilege and naivete. That is always [...]

    11. A beautifully illustrated look at the Cuban Revolution and the rise of Castro and Che. I've been to Cuba only once (as a Canadian, we don't view the country the same way the Americans do because we don't have that hostile history) and I thought it was a beautiful and impoverished nation full of wonderful people. I walked through the streets of Havana, and was told by the person who was with me to haggle with everyone over everything, but when a poverty-stricken woman is offering me a hand-sewn d [...]

    12. Cuba, My Revolution opens on New Year's Eve, 1958. Sonya is 17 years old and a supporter of Fidel Castro. Batista is the current president of Cuba and the people feel betrayed by him. Batista was supported by the Americans, he suspended the constitution, censored the media and was known for having his opponents tortured by the secret police. In 1959, Batista flees Cuba in the middle of night and Fidel Castro comes to power. Sonya immediately decides to become a doctor to support Castro and to pu [...]

    13. A superb graphic memoir of transformation from idealistic supporter of Castro's revolution to disillusioned expatriate, as the political frustrations build from merely trying the narrator's patience to bearing witness to atrocities.

    14. “Look at that crowd. Columbia has never been open to the public before. He really believes democracy!”“As soon as possible, I shall take the rifles off the streets! Arms for what when elections will be called in the shortest time possible?”“He is right. The crowd can feel it. He has no personal aspirations.”“Keep an eye on the neighbors? Isn't that spying?”“Fidel has closed the brothels and put the prostitutes to work as bank tellers. They don't know how to count, and give the [...]

    15. Modern Cuban history, from a personal point of view, is very interesting to me. The struggle that the Cuban people have gone through is so intense and this book is no different: intense is the right word.Sonya is 17 at the beginning, she is smitten with Fidel and his revolution and while she is studying to be a doctor to make her father happy, she also wants to be an artist and a soldier. As Fidel takes power Sonya slowly grows up, realizing that revolutionary dreams and revolutionary reality ar [...]

    16. Wow, so this was heavy and disturbing. Cuba: My Revolution is on a local Graphic Novel Reading Group's 2014 booklist, so I thought I'd get a head start. Having studied abroad briefly in Cuba, the country is on my radar (especially Cuban art), but my knowledge of its history is quite lacking. However, I do know that there are varying perspectives on Fidel's revolution and leadership. Lockpez portrays the disillusionment of an idealistic medical student and artist who endured torture, loss of love [...]

    17. An unbelievable story. I spent time speaking with a friend who shared with me her travails in getting out of Cuba and was able to compare what Inverna felt with what she went through as well. It's incredible to think how deep the devotion to Cuba and Fidel ran that even after the horrible tortures she endured, it could not be broken. Shocking and brutal, this story of survival is one that stays with you for a very long time after you close that back cover.[return][return]As for Haspiel's artwork [...]

    18. A short story with minimal artwork, Cuba: My Revolution tells a great story. The illustrations are focused on the emotions of the characters rather than action, most of the art is black and white but occasionally red is splashed into notable objects. Sonya's story begins in 1958 and ends in 1966. She joins Fidel's militia, trains to be a doctor and eventually becomes an artist. Initially she is supportive of the revolution, despite the opposition of several supporting characters, including her m [...]

    19. I love graphic memoir as a rule, and Dean Haspiel's art is simply phenomenal. But the dialogue and narration are so clunky and awkward that it's hard to really get into the story. I appreciate the glimpse into the life of someone who lived through the Cuban revolution, but compared to Maus or Persepolis, it doesn't stack up on the artistry scale.

    20. Whilst a compelling read and a thoroughly harrowing true story of survival and grit in the face of the oppressive Fidel Castro regime, the story is told as broken fragments of situations and times, which ultimately works against its overall pace, leading even the most cognizant reader to look back a few pages every now and then with the question of "wait, who is this guy again?". The thought bubbles from Inverna (fictionalised as Sonya) are exposition-heavy and this actually detracts slightly fr [...]

    21. This autobiographical graphic novel is a laudible work that ends up bizarrely suffering from the sheer talent of its artist Dean Haspiel, who illustrates the (slightly fictionalized, I assume) story of an old family friend, Invera Lockpez. All throughout this book, Haspiel's cartooning is top notch, involving, and dynamic. The writing on the other hand never truly rises above straightforward and unadorned.The book follows Sonya, who firmly believes in Castro's revolution from the start, to the p [...]

    22. Lockpez marred the power of her story by not creating a memoir. According to her NPR and PRI interviews, the comic depicted her life in Cuba. Her service as an army medic in the Bay of Pigs invasion happened. Amputating the leg of her ex-boyfriend happened. Being stripped, hosed, and electrocuted while charged as a CIA operative happened. But she gives these experiences to her character stand-in, Sonya, so the comic is "based on a true story."Haspiel, the illustrator, was introduced to Lockpez t [...]

    23. You can always count on DC’s Vertigo imprint to produce remarkable works of realism – or, in this case, political commentary. (Which is not unknown in the comic book medium, but certainly nowhere are ubiquitous as super-powered men and women in tights.) Lockpez’s memoir recounts her coming of age as a young revolutionary under Fidel, and her subsequently slow realization that his methods are Orwellian. It is a harrowing read that may seem like it is made for the cinema, but its raw and una [...]

    24. A good book, written by a woman with a compelling story and the motivation to tell it well, if not in an objective context. I am going to play devil's advocate here, because this memoir was a bit one-sided: This book is clearly intended for the haves who want to ensure that their property, and their rights to acquire more property, are protected. Truth of the matter is, when socialism and communism come to town it can be quite ugly for the lucky 1%, while for the rest it can mean redistribution [...]

    25. Baseado nas experiências da artista que dá voz à personagem principal deste livro, esta é uma história de encantamentos e desencantamentos. Uma jovem médica aspirante a artista acolhe de braços abertos a revolução cubana, contrapondo o seu idealismo aos avisos de cautela dos que temem a mudança de regime. Crente profunda no poder revolucionário, entrega-se de corpo e alma mas acaba arrastada por teias de suspeição que a levam à prisão, tortura e ostracismo. De mente aberta, crente [...]

    26. Me quedó la sensación de ser un comic largo de Chick sobre el comunismo y la revolución cubana. Misma estructura, con "gente de adentro" defendiendo los ideales y luego cuestionándoselos, dándose cuenta de que estaban equivocados y lo que los demás les decían era lo correcto. Burdo.El momento en el que la protagonista es confundida con una agente de la CIA podría haber sido el punto de giro y un verdadero impacto para el lector, si no nos hubieran bombardeado antes con sus pensamientos y [...]

    27. I am considering using graphic novels in my seniors English class next year, in conjunction with Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, and the other two I'm considering are Maus and Persepolis. So I went into reading this already having those two in mind (which I have read and sometimes taught). I found the visuals appealing, though not necessarily symbolic. I also thought the story was informative and compelling, but the writing was nothing special. I picked the graphic novel for its subject m [...]

    28. I don't know why I expected before reading this that it would have a pro-Castro viewpoint; I wanted to hear that because I don't know enough about it. After all, however strong her revolutionary fervor in the beginning, Lockpez eventually chose to leave Cuba and come to the United States. But that very experience gives her a unique and valuable perspective on a situation that continues to be confusing to those of us in the U.S.The artwork perfectly complements the story. It's drawn predominantly [...]

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