Re: RARA-AVIS: A question for Jose (or mebbe two)

From: Rene Ribic (
Date: 29 Jan 2002

> Dear Rene:
> Your question is not trivial at all and I'm glad you made it. >
Jose : Thanks, I was actually referring to my question about Fidel's reading habits. The more sensible question occurred to me while typing.Your observation about the commercial viability of crime literature versus poetry, etc I would think would be as relevant to the rest of the world as well as Cuba.Thank you for your enlightening reply, especially the stuff concerning status of crime lit in Cuba.Off topic - I would love to visit Cuba.Some friends of mine visited there a few years ago & loved it.The poverty provided some culture shock for people from my comparatively wealthy nation (Australia) but they described the people as being incredibly warm, friendly & down to earth. They also loved the old 50's American cars everywhere, even knowing they only existed because of the brutal trade embargo enforced on Cuba (I apologise for political commentary - it just seems to me the only ones to suffer are the Cuban people.Fidel is just as entrenched in power as he ever was or will be, I think). Again, thanks Jose. I'm looking forward to reading your book, "Outcast", it's been recommended by several rare birds, & as you've found these yeggs know their onions, alright. Rene.

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