Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

Book - 1998
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"A wild ride through Cuba during the Spanish-American War."
--Miami Herald

"Not only his finest novel but one that transcends the limits of its genre and is worthy of being evaluated as literary fiction."
--Houston Chronicle

Before Grand Master Elmore Leonard earned his well-deserved reputation as "the best writer of crime fiction alive" (Newsweek), he penned some of the finest western fiction to ever appear in print. (The classics Hombre, Valdez is Coming, and 3:10 to Yuma were just a few of his notable works.) With his extraordinary Cuba Libre, Leonard ingeniously combines all of his many talents and delivers a historical adventure/caper/western/noir like none other. The creator of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, star of Raylan, Pronto, Riding the Rap, and TV's Justified, spins a gloriously exciting yarn about an American horse wrangler who escapes a date with a Cuban firing squad to join forces with a powerful sugar baron's lady looking to make waves and score big in and around Spanish-American War-torn Havana in 1898. Everything you love about Leonard's fiction--and more--is evident in Cuba Libre. No wonder the New York Times Book Review enthusiastically declared him "a literary genius."

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c1998
ISBN: 9780060084042
9780385323833
0385323832
Branch Call Number: LEONARD
Characteristics: 341 p

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lukasevansherman
Aug 02, 2014

"We're here to protect American citizens and their property."
"Protect them from what?"
"Unenlightened people with anti-American aims."
An enjoyable Leonard novel with the usual crime plot and colorful characters set against the backdrop of the Spanish-American War.

hania4987 Oct 09, 2013

I became intrigued with Elmore Leonard's books after watching "Justified", especially his interview in one of the bonus features. This is the first book I have read. It has a very interesting style, almost a shorthand that allows you to fill the gaps.
This story begins with 2 American cowboys contracted to deliver a shipment of horses (and some other stuff), who arrive in Cuba 3 days after the Maine is blown up in Havana's harbor. It's filled with a multitude of disreputable characters who each seem to have their own code of honor. Leonard switches the attention from character to the next making sharp plot twists.
My overall impression is of a mostly complaisant society corrupted by colonialism.

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