Sunday, May 5, 2013

Book Review: The Tragedy Of Fidel Castro by Joao Cerqueira

The newest book that I reviewed is "The Tragedy of Fidel Castro" by Joao Cerqueira. I was intrigued when I read the summary of the book, and I couldn't wait to see what it really was about. Here's the summary:

When God receives a request from Fátima to help prevent a war between Fidel Castro and JFK, he asks his son, Jesus, to return to Earth and diffuse the conflict. On his island, Fidel Castro faces protests on the streets and realizes that he is about to be overthrown. Alone, surrounded, and aware that the end is fast approaching, he plays his last card. Meanwhile, Christ arrives on Earth and teams up with Fátima, who is convinced she can create a miracle to avoid the final battle between JFK and Fidel Castro and save the world as we know it. At the end, something really extraordinary happens! 

I mean really, how could you not want to know more after reading that?! This book was really a great read, something totally "out of the box" for me, when it comes to what I usually read, but I am always ready to branch out in terms of what I like to read. I honestly didn't know if I would enjoy a book like this, but I am so glad that I read it, it was a really super interesting read!

I don't want to give too much away, but it is actually a hilarious story. The author does something really cool and a little bit "weird" with this book. The characters have famous names, like Christ, God, JFK, Fidel Castro, etc.. but they aren't the same people that we associate with those names.. It makes it really entertaining to read and in my opinion just adds to the story! While I see a lot of close minded folks hating the way that the author used Jesus Christ and God in the story, I found it super creative and really entertaining.

The book was originally written in Spanish, and I have had some of my Spanish friends tell me that the Spanish version is even better, since there are some underlying jokes and elements that us native English speakers aren't really keen to pick up on.. The book is satire, humor, and history all tied together with religion and politics, and I truly believe that everyone should at least give this book a chance, if nothing more than to give yourself a different look at the world and the way you see things! Definitely a great read!

About The Author:

João Cerqueira was born in Portugal in 1964 and lives in Viana do Castelo. He has a PhD in art history from the University of Oporto and is the author of seven books, including the novels Blame It on Too Much Freedom, Devil's Observations, and The Tragedy of Fidel Castro, and the nonfiction books Art and Literature in the Spanish Civil War (published in Portugal and Brazil), Maria Pia: Queen and Woman, José de Guimarães (published in China by the Today Art Museum), and José de Guimarães: Public Art.

Excerpts from The Tragedy of Fidel Castro and Chronicles about Cuba are published in The Liberator Magazine, Literary Lunes Magazine, Toad Suck Review #2, Danse Macabre, All Right Magazine, Contemporary Literary Review India, and on website
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His novels satirize modern society and use irony and humor to provoke reflection and controversy.

He is represented by Kontext Agency.

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