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Before Night Falls: A Memoir
by Reinaldo Arenas | Biographies & Memoirs
Registered by davemurray101 of Granville, New South Wales Australia on 8/2/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by davemurray101 from Granville, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, August 02, 2011

9 out of 10

In this shocking memoir, Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas describes his poverty-stricken childhood in rural Cuba, his adolescence as a rebel fighting for Fidel Castro and his life in revolutionary Cuba as a homosexual. Very quickly the Castro government suppressed his writing and persecuted him for his homosexuality until he was finally imprisoned. Arenas eventually took flight from Cuba and settled in New York. Unable to really reconcile himself to life in America away from the beloved country of his birth and already dying from Aids, Arenas committed suicide in 1990 at the age of 47.Written in simple, straightforward prose, Before Night Falls is a book about the human striving for freedom and tolerance, about one man's attempt to live his life free from political, artistic and sexual persecution. 


Journal Entry 2 by davemurray101 at Valentine, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, August 02, 2011

9 out of 10

A brutal and brilliant memoir. If you can get past the rather graphic start it is a must read. Encompassing two dictatorships, repression, prison and exile, Before Night Falls is the story of one of the many writers repressed in the Cuban Revolution. Anyone who reads this book will definitely change his or her mind about what is going on in Cuba. 


Journal Entry 3 by davemurray101 at Wheeler Place in Newcastle, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, August 03, 2011

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