Re: RARA-AVIS: Cuba Libre.
Thu, 23 Jul 1998 04:44:53 EDT In answer to Mario T.
>Has anyone read Leonard's "Cuba Libre"?

Read it. Loved it. More than all of Leonard's other recent books. Perhaps for
the same reasons I enjoyed the film "The Mask Of Zorro" (Not related, of
course). A good, old-fashioned story, where heroes are truly heroic,
adventurous, and brave; not the angst tormented wimps we have come to know.
I think "Cuba Libre" is a flash of the old Dutch, back to the lone cowboy and
his struggle to maintain his values in a changing world. The novel is set
against the backdrop of the Spanish American War, and Leonard has done an
excellent job of integrating the facts with the fiction--made me want to go
out and read more on the history (which I did. And enjoyed.) Inspiration is
always a good thing, and in this one Dutch truly inspires.
Anyway, it's not what you might call Noir; but then . . . "che me ne frege",
as they say in Rome.
I'd be interested to know if any of you "rare birds" agree.

Anthony Britto.

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