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I Gave You All I Had gives us Cuca Martinez, the youngest child in a brood of five born in pre-revoltionary Cuba. This wonderfully lyrical novel sings Cuca's life-song from childhood through motherhood as she fights to survive and be happy in a world on which fortune has consistently failed to smile. While Cuca waits for the return of her true love from America, Cuba slowlI Gave You All I Had gives us Cuca Martinez, the youngest child in a brood of five born in pre-revoltionary Cuba. This wonderfully lyrical novel sings Cuca's life-song from childhood through motherhood as she fights to survive and be happy in a world on which fortune has consistently failed to smile. While Cuca waits for the return of her true love from America, Cuba slowly descends into a repressive slumber, in which Cuca and her friends pass the time by remembering, loving and talking. I Gave You All I Had is an outrageously funny, erotically charged, and daring novel....

Title : I Gave You All I Had
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ISBN : 9781559704779
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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I Gave You All I Had Reviews

  • Lapetitem
    2018-12-09 05:49

    Zoé Valdes est une petite voix, mutine, drôle, sensible et implacable. cette petite voix décrit l'absurde, le temps qui passe, ce qu'on en fait et ce qu'il fait de nous. A Cuba comme ailleurs, profonde peut-être l'abime, profonde aussi peut-être la détermination. Que dire, si ce n'est finalement que c'est bien dans les choix des possibles (encore possibles) que nous existons? J'ai ri, je me suis souvenue et derrière certaines colères ressenties, j'ai aussi beaucoup été (ré)confortée. Assurément à lire !

  • Elizabeth Bowman
    2018-11-12 09:43

    "Ten cuidado, que es mi corazón, no mi reloj, lo que llevas en la mano".Una historia diferente; el dramón de una mujer enamorada de un solo hombre. Lo esperó toda la vida y a su recuerdo entregó la vida entera. Crió una hija problemática, vivió a solas la Revolución cubana, se desengañó, sufrió, pasó penurias... mientras su amor continuaba intacto como el primer día.Muy interesante el pensamiento habanero y la mentalidad de sus gentes. Muy interesantes los términos propios de su idioma, muy interesante su forma pausada de entender la vida. Me gustó.

  • Max
    2018-11-12 06:45

    Sexo, sol, cabarets, OLGA GUILLOT, más sexo, denuncia, historia, CRÍTICA, La Puchu, la Menchu, los grandes espectáculos y los grandes cantantes, las orquestas, FIDEL CASTRO, el embargo y la pobreza, New York, Miami y Paris, una rata y una cucaracha que asisten a una recepción en Palacio, ¡LA LUPE! Salsa, Jazz y el viento caliente de las calurosas tardes habaneras. Pero, sobre todo, por sobre todas las cosas el amor incondicional de Cuca Martínez por el hombre que la besó por primera vez.

  • Ffranzz
    2018-11-25 04:07

    Amé este libro por su lenguaje, tan rítmico y desdeñado e irónico. Aunque la trama suene muy simple, me pareció una novela muy atípica, con su secuencia de escenas excéntricas y una narradora que va cayendo en la locura.

  • Amaka Lily
    2018-12-01 06:56

    So this is one among a select group of books I keep in my book shelf. I Gave You All I Had was the first novel I read about Cuba. It is a lot of things, beautiful, lyrical, graphic and blunt . There is sex, longing, unimaginable poverty, disillusionment.But towards the end, it gets really confusing. I'm still not sure what was going on. What was real and what was fantasy?However, I must say that I really, really liked the Poetry in this book. It moved my soul.(Side note: I should look into translations of Latin American poetry).Overall, good book.

  • Cecilia M.
    2018-11-30 08:02

    I read this in English, and it blew me away. The book made me experience the life I could have had if my father had not spirited me away from La Habana back in 1960. This book was published in 1996, but it is just as relevant. The life of those in communist Cuba will make you reconsider your own, and Valdes's style (a mixture of movie director Pedro Almodovar and writer G. Cabrera Infante with her own inimitable femist view and lots of erotica) is a joy to experience.

  • Mary Corbal
    2018-11-22 03:39

    Impresionante relato que muestra una radiografía precisa de la realidad cubana. La historia de maor de la protagonista, en realidad es una metáfora del amor entre Cuba y su Revolución, y cómo las ilusiones se hacen pedazos cuando la ansiada libertad se convierte en una dictadura.

  • Aneliya Petrunova
    2018-12-03 02:45

    (по-долу на български, с надеждата книгата да излезе и у нас някой ден)"Te di la vida entera" cuenta la historia de una mujer cubana, Cuca Martínez, que se enamoró perdidamente y quedó embarazada y abandonada justo cuando había llegado la Revolución, así que tuvo que criar a su hija sola y en la nueva Cuba - la Cuba revolucionaria donde todo cambió, y no para lo mejor. La vida de Cuca y su hija es la vida de millones de cubanos – en la miseria que poco a poco se fue apoderando del país y con las esperanzas rotas de un futuro mejor.Éste parece un libro triste, pero no es únicamente triste, sino es una brillante mezcla de lo trágico y lo cómico, de lo dulce y lo amargo, y está escrito con mucha ironía, pero también autoironía, y con mucha ternera y amor por Cuba y los cubanos. También contiene elementos del realismo mágico que hacen la historia aún más verosímil – parece que en la Cuba de Talla Súper Extra Larga (como la autora se refiere a Fidel Castro) todo es posible – y también imposible.El libro abunda en juegos de palabras, letras de boleros y también en preciosas descripciones de la belleza de la Habana y de la vida en la ciudad, tanto antes de la Revolución, como después.La novela de Zoé Valdés no puede dejar indiferente al lector – emociona muchísimo tanto por la triste historia de Cuca, como por la triste historia de la isla entera. Y aún más se emociona el lector, si también ha vivido el comunismo – o sigue viviéndolo.*** "Целия си живот ти дадох" разказва историята на една кубинска жена, Кука Мартинес, която се влюбва до полуда, забременява и бива зарязана точно в зората на кубинската революция, така че е принудена да отгледа дъщеря си сама и в новата Куба - революционната, където всичко се променя, но не към по-добро. Животът на Кука е животът на милиони кубинци - в мизерията, която малко по малко завладява страната, и с погубените надежди за по-добро бъдеще.Книгата изглежда тъжна, но не е само тъжна, а е блестяща комбинация от трагедия и комедия, сладост и горчивина, и е написана с много ирония, но и самоирония, и с много нежност и любов към Куба и кубинците. Съдържа и елементи от магическия реализъм, които правят историята още по-достоверна - изглежда, че в Куба на размер XXL (така авторката нарича Фидел Кастро) всичко е възможно - и едновременно с това невъзможно.Книгата изобилства от игри на думи, текстове на песни и прелестни описания на красотата на Хавана и живота в града, както преди Революцията, така и след това.Романът на Сое Валдес не може да остави читателя равнодушен - разчувства те и заради тъжната история на Кука, и заради тъжната история на целия остров. А още повече се разчувстваш, ако и ти си преживял комунизма - или продължаваш да го живееш.

  • Eileen
    2018-11-29 03:59

    A hopelessly pathetic woman falls in love with a sleazy, smelly guy who vanishes during the Revolution and lets it ruin her entire life.~or~An allegory for the relationship between Cuba and the United States that really flatters neither.Unfortunately I think I Gave You All I Have also suffered from a rambling, eclectic prose style that may be a masterpiece in Spanish but is very difficult to translate with the original artistry intact (". . . they're pitching a wang wang doodle all night long at the Tropical . . . "). Still, the passages about the beauty of Havana ring true (I've been there) and there was a fascinating interplay between the irreverent sensuality of pre-Revolution Cuba and the sterility and austerity of the Communism that succeeded it. Cuca is falling to pieces and literally toothless but she still wants to dance and dreams of her love's return. Juan, for his part, seems to have mostly forgotten about her. I actually read this right after the Dirty Havana Trilogy and it formed a nice feminine contrast while addressing similar themes. If you're interested in contemporary Cuban literature, these are good places to start.(The book begins in the late '40s, though, so I don't understand the flapper chick on the cover.)

  • Emilie
    2018-11-26 09:42

    L'auteure semble se décharger à travers l'écriture. Elle semble être en colère contre sa Havane natale... trop souvent l'histoire dérape et on perd facilement le fil. Il y a beaucoup d'histoires à côtés. L'histoire n'est pas hyper structurés. L'histoire en soit n'est pas extraordinaire. Il faut avoir une certaine culture Cubaine pour comprendre le sens de son histoire.

  • Luis Kalaf
    2018-12-09 05:44

    ( 4 / 5 STARS ) — WARNING, spoilers ahead!Heartbreaking as this book is, I'd definitely recommend this gem to those looking for a great piece of Latin American literature!As I said before, this is one of the saddest books I've read. It's filled with rich details, recounting the sad story of Cuca Martínez and her family before and during the Cuban revolution.Cuca Martínez, who lost her sanity giving up her whole life; hoping to be reunited with her one and only love, Juan Pérez; wishing to provide a bright future for her daughter María Regla; constantly battling with the adversities that are implied while living in a communist regime.What impacted me the most was, not only Cuca's "failed attempts" to rise up hoping that someday the regime would finally come to an end, but all the struggle that she had to put up in order to fight extreme poverty. It's not that she was ever wealthy (perhaps not even close), but comparing her initial socio-economical status, you could say that she was allowed to live a "decent" life.

  • Sofia
    2018-11-26 03:54

    Al más puro estilo habanero, Zoé Valdés nos ofrece la historia de Cuca Martínez, la mujer que esperó fiel y pacientemente durante toda su vida al hombre de sus sueños. En sí la historia no tiene nada especial (mujer abnegada que solo y solo tiene ojos para el hombre de su vida, aunque este la haya abandonado dejándole un bombo y un corazón roto), sino que es el estilo de Valdés lo que le da un brillo atrayente a la novela. Guau, qué capacidad de palabrería. La narración es en sí misma una esencia de la cultura y la idiosincrasia cubana y un fragmento en tamaño reducido de la historia de un país azotado por el Comunismo y la pobreza, donde además se nota que hay una crítica implícita a la situación política y las condiciones de vida tan austeras. No me fascinó, pero cuento muy positivamente la originalidad y la presentación.

  • Duane
    2018-12-06 02:56

    I picked this up out of curiosity when it wandered into the house and I was ready to dismiss it as just more Latin Chick-Lit fluff, but it isn't. The whole novel is written on two levels, one the life of the girl, the other the symbolic relationship between Cuba and the U.S., with the "love lost" theme and the two lovers being the separation which occurred at the Communist takeover. It's a really sophisticated literary device.I think it stops just short of being a real masterpiece because Valdes didn't develop the political theme enough - but I couldn't have written it myself, so what do I know...

  • Matthew
    2018-12-07 05:06

    Great read from a Cuban perspective of an author who left and lives now in France. I was totally drawn in despite is sometime raunchy narrative but the other side of the dynamic of love and loss completely drove me to become invested in the character. Some FANTASTIC one line sentences to describe the emotion that transcend the story itself and strike that universal chord. Would love to find more from Valdez in English.

  • Lisette
    2018-12-10 06:45

    I read this quite a few years ago. I remember laughing out loud because it had been a while since I had "heard" all the phrases and typical sayings that Cubans use. It was a sad story,that of a woman, that depicts the struggle and hardships of the Cuban people under the Castro regime, and how they manage to make the best of it.

  • Kitty-Wu
    2018-11-17 09:48

    Es un libro con pasajes divertidos, y amargo al mismo tiempo, donde Valdés, como siempre, es especialmente crítica con la Revo y la situación cubana. Al principio me enganchó mucho, pero luego se me ha ido haciendo más pesado, un poco forzado, y el lenguaje habanero cada vez más cansino...

  • Arkady
    2018-12-06 01:49

    No acabo de pillar el estilo de Zoe Valdés (y mira que algunos de sus artículos para revistas me gustaban), es demasiado suave, lento, pacífico para mí. Y eso que este me gustó más que "Café nostalgia" (un libro raro), pero aún siendo el más conocido de ella no me acaba de llegar...

  • Rosalía
    2018-12-05 08:02

    Las digresiones acabaron con mi paciencia y me hicieron cerrarlo unas cuantas veces. Al principio las llevaba bien, pero cuando ya estás metido en el ajo de la historia me resultaron cansinas. Pero quitando eso, me gustó y más de una vez me hizo reír. Además me sorprendió el alto nivel del final.

  • Regina
    2018-11-18 09:44

    Personaje central totalemente enternecedor.... una cubana esperando a su enamorado... sin ninguna contención....

  • Jennifer Jordan
    2018-11-25 07:41

    I had to wished it and dreamed it, anticipated it so, and when I saw you by my side, I left the past and it's chains behind ....

  • Sanja
    2018-12-06 09:59

    cuba is not only salsa, rum and smiling people. everybody should know.

  • Mireya
    2018-12-02 07:08

    Con momentos buenos y no tan buenos, momentos cínicos, momentos de denuncia, momentos musicales...bien a secas!

  • Yule Ramírez
    2018-11-30 04:42

    Habáname la vida

  • Mikhail Baskov
    2018-11-28 07:41

    I Gave You All I Had

  • Laila
    2018-12-12 04:41

    At first, I like the bouncing, lyrical style of the book but pretty quickly was turned off by gratuitous,violent and unsettling sex scenes. Not sure why I bothered to finish the book.

  • ROSSY OREGEL
    2018-11-14 07:52

    bonita.... como se puede amar tanto!!