Slow Train to Guantanamo
Modern-day Cuba. Disabled by an American blockade, with a Communist system that has delivered atrocious standards of living, Cuba looks and feels like a nation at the end of a long, hard war.
Award-winning journalist Peter Millar jumps aboard a railway system that was once the pride of Latin America – and is now a crippled casualty case – to undertake a railway odyssey the length of Cuba in the dying days of the Castro regime. Starting in the ramshackle but romantic capital of Havana, once dominated by the US mafia, he travels with ordinary Cubans, sharing anecdotes, life stories and political opinions, to the far end of the island, where it meets a more modern blot on American history, the Guantanamo naval base and detention camp. Millar may not have all the answers but he asks the right questions on an anarchic entertaining and often comic adventure.
This is a journey everyone will want to read about – but no one in their right mind would want to follow!
'With a large amount of experience and understanding, as well as a sense of humour (he notes a billboard next to a Guantanamo hotel that has Raul Castro repeating Obama’s motto, “Yes We Can”), and fuelled by plenty of wine, rum and beer, he takes the pulse of this enigmatic country.' Sunday Times
'Witty yet observant … this book smells of train travel and will appeal to wanderlusts as well as armchair train buffs' Time Out
'The book is so well written and peppered with interesting facts, which can only serve to enhance the reader's appreciation of this exhilarating, yet extremely frustrating journey. ... This book is a true revelation.' Tripfiction
'[A] charming, witty, but sometimes sad memoir that offers a portrait of a nation on the cusp of enormous change. . . An enjoyable, informative glimpse at a Cuba seldom seen by Americans.' Booklist