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Book Title: Castro's Curveball|
The author of the book: Tim Wendel
Edition: Ballantine Books
Date of issue: February 29th 2000
ISBN 13: 9780345434746
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Reader ratings: 7.8
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 17.35 MB
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An odd book with which to be resuming my participation in Goodreads, but ….. it addresses my interests in Cuba and in baseball. There’s very little in it about two other main interests, cats or bicycles, but one of the book's morals is that you can’t have everything, and maybe, not anything.
Billy Bryan is a journeyman catcher whose minor league career is drawing to a close during winter ball in 1947 in Havana (reminiscent of Bull Durham). A bunch of Cuban college kids disrupt one of his team’s games with a political protest on the field. The leader of the group is a certain Fidel Castro, who takes over the pitcher’s mound. A bored and tired Billy encourages Fidel to throw a few pitches while he’s up there, and Billy is impressed by Fidel’s sharp curveball.
Billy sees an opportunity to redirect his baseball career into scouting and coaching, and, with the encouragement of the Washington Senators chief scout, pursues Fidel as Fidel pursues overthrow of the thoroughly corrupt Cuban government. Mix in a beautiful, strong-willed photographer who’s helping Castro by documenting the misery in Cuba (Malena), throw in the glitzy gambling casinos and brothels run by the Mafia and the Batista regime, and bake in a hot Cuban climate until it erupts.
About 45 years later, during the “special period” of extreme economic hardship in Cuba after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, an aged Billy returns to Cuba with his 40-year-old daughter. Malena’s daughter meets them and guides them through the country and her mother’s final years.
There are some rather unlikely aspects to the plot, including Malena’s passionate interest in the totally apolitical Billy when they met in Havana, but it’s an engaging read, it tries to explain Fidel, and any diversion while we await the horrors unfolding in Washington is well appreciated.
By the way, if you share my interests in Cuba and baseball, here's a really really thorough exploration of Castro's (lack of) connection with MLB: http://sabr.org/bioproj/topic/fidel-c...
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Read information about the authorTim Wendel is an award-winning novelist and journalist. He is the author of 13 books, including Summer of '68: The Season When Baseball, and America, Changed Forever and Castro's Curveball: A Novel. His stories have appeared in Gargoyle and The Potomac Review, and his articles in The New York Times, Esquire, GQ, Washingtonian and USA Today. A writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University, Tim teaches fiction and nonfiction writing. Tim has worked has worked on both coasts, covering everything from the Olympics to the America's Cup. More of his stories can be found at www.timwendel.com."
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