CUBA TODAY by Lee Chadwick


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Prefaced by a short pro-Castro history of Cuban subjugation and Cuban independence movements, this is a diary of the four months spent there in 1972 and 1975 by a British free-lancer specializing in agriculture and primary education. Writing in the prim semi-detached fashion of an older generation of revolutionary sympathizers, she gives a favorable account of developments in production, services, and social relations, taking note of the steep rise in literacy and advanced training as well as the shoes which end children's worm infestation. Chadwick visited work-study programs in the countryside, a boarding school for peasant girls in Havana, and a variety of cultural institutions; despite her interest in children's literature, she praises a book for children by 19th-century nationalist JosÉ Marti without indicating its contents, and views with equanimity the comic-book style of a children's magazine. Apart from its tendency to evade rather than address critics' charges of ""repression"" or regimentation, this is an accessible and informative book, if rather flat and predictable in its sympathies.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1976
Publisher: Lawrence Hill