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Hotel Cuba

A Novel

by Aaron Hamburger

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  • Martha G. (Columbia, MO)
    Hotel Cuba
    Initially I liked the idea of this story. After a slow start, I came to realize that I didn't really care much for the characters or what happened to them. I found Pearl to be particularly unlikeable. She never seemed to be content or happy about any of the places she lived....not in Turya, not in Havana and not in New York City. The dialogue seemed stilted and stuffy, not a comfortable rhythm. Usually I like books about family struggles and their efforts to find ways to better themselves but Hotel Cuba left me watching without engaging. I finished the book but would probably not recommend it to my book club.
  • Jessica F. (Revere, MA)
    Historical Fiction: Immigration 1920s
    I had such hight hopes for this book, as I think the concept was fantastic. Unfortunately, there were too many places throughout the novel where things fell flat.

    What I did enjoy was the author's attention to research regarding the time period/locations/circumstances/cultures/etc. I feel he did his due diligence. I learned a lot; especially about Jewish culture.

    Unfortunately, I didn't connect to any of the characters. I found Pearl and Freida to be quite annoying and the other characters weren't developed enough. The writing itself felt disjointed in a lot of some places it was in depth with deep descriptions, and in other places there was just a sentence to describe something. The situations that I found interesting seemed to always be cut short; which was frustrating.

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