Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

by Elmore Leonard

A wild ride through Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Miami HeraldNot only his finest novel but one that transcends the limits of its genre and is worthy of being evaluated as literary fiction.

(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 TVs 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 barons lady looking to make waves and score big in and around Spanish-American War-torn Havana in 1898.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.63
  • Pages: 432
  • Publish Date: July 30th 2002 by HarperTorch
  • Isbn10: 0060084049
  • Isbn13: 9780060084042

What People Think about "Cuba Libre"

RUM PUNCH Laffondamento della corazzata USS Maine il 15 febbraio 1898 nella baia dellHavana fu la scintilla che diede inizio alla guerra ispano-americana. Dopo la battaglia navale scatenata dallaffondamento della corazzata Maine nella baia dellHavana, le truppe americane sbarcano a Guantanamo, mettendo le basi per quello che verrà. Ma in qualche modo il protagonista maschile è Ben Tyler, una specie di cowboy, che uccide quando serve, ma lo fa con rammarico, solo per autodifesa, anche quando rapina le banche, prende solo i soldi che i creditori non gli pagano e cerca di non sparare a nessuno. I Rough Riders (Rudi Incursori), reggimento di cavalleria composto da volontari e comandato dal colonnello Theodore Roosevelt, futuro presidente, al centro nella foto, qui fotografati dopo la battaglia pe rla conquista della collina di San Juan nel luglio del 1898. Più?), molto carina, probabilmente proprio bella, sicuramente molto attraente, arrivista e spregiudicata, moderna e libera, che si trasforma in partigiana, poi in infermiera, rivoluzionaria, ma alla fine ripiega sul ruolo di donna innamorata. Il cuba libre nacque proprio a seguito della guerra ispano-americana, allinizio del XX secolo, quando si cominciò a importare sullisola caraibica la Coca Cola.

Tyler arrived with the horses February eighteenth, three days after the battleship Maine blew up in Havana harbor. The Whores in Havana, Fuentes said to Tyler, wont take money from the common Spanish soldier, the soldado raso, whos paid next to nothing. Fuentes said the whores gave the cartridges to the insurrectos and this was one of the ways they got bullets for their Mausers, the rifles they took from Spanish soldiers they killed. These uncertain times may not be the best time for Ben Tyler from Sweetmary, Arizona, to be bringing in a string of horses, but then horses arent worth a plugged nickel in the states. Ben Tyler sees her, and Amelia Brown sees him. Tyler is nice about it, but the reason he gets the money is because of the .44 Smith and Wesson Russian pistol he sticks in the tellers face. Robbing banks seems like an easy way to make money. He ends up in Yuma prison which is no picnic, but little does he know that in Cuba he is mere hours away from ending up in Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro. So how does a guy like Ben Tyler end up in Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro? He ends up with a third eye between the other two, and Ben Tyler ends up at the mercy of unscrupulous men. Amelia Browns knees are made of water, and her stomach has been doing little flip flops ever since she first caught sight of Ben Tyler. He found an even bigger audience late in his career with the TV show Justified, where the main character, Raylan Givens, is a man who could have walked out of a Western novel set during the 1860s instead of the modern era. That Leonard code that may have come to life in his early Westerns continues to surface in all of his work, clear up until his final novel.

Cuba Libre was published in 1998 and I'd like to believe that Elmore Leonard changed course from his contemporary crime novels to refute any allegations that he was turning out the same book over and over again. But judging from the grin on my face while reading Leonard's 34th novel, he probably just wanted to have a good time writing a cowboy story, returning to territory he hadn't explored since Valdez Is Coming in 1970. It's the kind of thing that never ends." "Well," Charlie Burke said, "you should never've robbed those banks." Tyler said, "Thanks for telling me." Charlie Burke convinces Tyler to come in with him on a deal in Cuba with a buyer who needs polo horses. In Havana, Tyler and Charlie Burke meet a Cuban horse trader named Victor Fuentes serving as middleman on the deal between the cowboys and their buyer, an unscrupulous American businessman named Roland Boudreaux, who owns a sugar estate, among other assets. Upon meeting Tyler, she tells the cowboy that she likes his hat, not flirting, but looking him over. Tavalera suspects the cowboy of running guns and keeps him in the medieval prison until he can have Tyler shot. Amelia, who's been supplying information to Victor Fuentes on behalf of the insurrectos, devises a scheme to have herself "kidnapped" by rebels and to aid them by ransoming herself to Boudreaux for forty thousand dollars. To pull this off, Amelia and Fuentes break Tyler out of Morro, slaughtering eight of Tavalera's men. I can't help but think the outcome of the story would've been exactly the same had Ben Tyler never come to Cuba. Like a lot of westerns, Cuba Libre is straightforward; the good guys and the bad guys are exactly who they appear to be. There's a train robbery, a prison break, a saloon duel, several shootouts and a showdown and all of them turn out exactly like I expected.

In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths -GG This time, while reading Cuba Libre, I realized that Leonard does the same thing, but he is not as overt. It is this implicit, character-based insight that I found so intriguing in this, my fifth Leonard book. And it is this implicit approach that keeps the characters out in front of the story, where the action is taking place, without a need to pause as Green is known to do.

The hotbed of Cuba in the history according to Elmore Leonard, which means: well, hell yes, gunrunners and cowboys and a prison break and a train heist and warlords and yellow fever and a pretty kick-ass love story. Of course Virgil (as in, father to Carl, great-grandfather to Ben) is the kid Marine thrown clear of the Maine as she blew. Of course its a Crowe from Lake Okeechobee by way of Newerleans on the payroll as muscle during the Cuban revolution.

Like his book "The Hot Kid" from 2005, Elmore Leonard's earlier "Cubra Libre" is an entertaining crime novel set in a bygone era.

USS Maine na Baía de Havana 1898 O escritor norte-americano Elmore Leonard (1925 2013) escreveu uma novela histórica, nas vésperas da Guerra Hispano-Americana, que decorreu entre 25 de Abril e 12 de Agosto de 1898, entre a Espanha e os Estados Unidos da América, em Cuba, interligando, igualmente, a revolta cubana contra o domínio espanhol e a sua Guerra da Independência. É o naufrágio misterioso do navio USS Maine a 15 de Fevereiro de 1898 no porto de Havana, numa explosão, por acidente ou por sabotagem, que vai despoletar a eclosão da Guerra Hispano-Americana e que enquadra admiravelmente um enredo com personagens inesquecíveis e realistas, numa trama complexa mas de fácil leitura.

In the end the government in Spain declared war on the United States on April 24th. The American Congress had already authorised the use of armed force and the United States formally declared war on April 25th. The United States took the Philippines, Puerto Rico and the Pacific island of Guam, and achieved worldwide recognition as a great power.

I became intrigued with reading Elmore Leonard's books after watching the first season of "Justified", especially his interview in one of the bonus features.