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Creole Ladies, Marti the Smuggler, Bullfighting: 07/11/08
The next piece in Havana is a hack job from Maturin M. Ballou's History of Cuba published in 1854.
This three part selection is made up for pages 77-9 (the Creole Ladies section), 108-115 (Marti the Smuggler) and 132-135 (Bullfighting). As they are jumbled up together in this presentation they provide nothing more than a bizarre "local color" sketch of life in Cuba in the 1850s.
There honestly isn't enough here to write a review. The women of Cuba are simply described by their fancy shoes; Marti the Smuggler is shown making a deal with a former governor, and Bullfighting is briefly but inaccurately described. Taken out of the context of the full text Cuba comes across as a strange backwards place with naive designs on being an outpost of European high culture.
Here is the complete list of reviews from Havana: Tales of a City.