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The Boys from Dolores: Fidel Castros Classmates from Revolution to Exile
The Boys from Dolores: Fidel Castros Classmates from Revolution to Exile by Patrick Symmes 0375422838 9780375422836
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The Boys from Dolores: Fidel Castros Classmates from Revolution to Exile by Patrick Symmes

From the author of Chasing Che, the remarkable tale of a group of boys at the heart of Cubas political and social history. The Boys from Dolores illuminates the elite island society from which Fidel Castro and his brother Raul emerged. The Colegio de Dolores was a Jesuit boarding school in Santiago, Cubas rich and ancient second city, where Fidel and Raul were educated in the 1930s and 40s. Patrick Symmes begins his story here, tracking down dozens of Fidels schoolmates glimpsed in a single period photograph. And it is through their stories--their time at the Colegio; the catastrophic effects of the revolution on their lives; their fates since--that Symmes opens a door onto a Cuba, and a time in Castros life, that have been deliberately obscured from us. Here too is the elusive Raul Castro, a cipher destined to rule Cuba in Fidels place. We see Castro in his formative youth, an adolescent ruling the classrooms of the Colegio and running in the streets of Santiago. Symmes traces the years in which the revolution was conceived, won, and lost, describing the changes it wrought in Santiago and in the lives of Fidels own classmates: we follow them through the maelstrom of the 1960s, as most fight to leave Cuba and a few stay behind. And here, in Santiago today, Symmes finds Castros most lasting achievement, the creating and sustaining of a myth-soaked revolutionary idealism amid the harshest realities of daily life. Wholly original in its approach, The Boys from Dolores is a powerfully evocative, eye-opening portrait of Cuba--and of the Castrobrothers--in the twentieth century.

Author: Patrick Symmes

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 368

Publisher: Pantheon

Publication Date: 2007-07-10

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ISBN: 0375422838

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