BOOKS ✸ The Price of Paradise Author Susana López Rubio –

The Price of Paradise In A City As Corrupt As It Was Luxurious, Those Who Dared To Dream Were Bound To Pay The PriceHavana, Cuba, Young Patricio Flees Impoverished Spain And Steps Into The Sultry Island Paradise Of Havana With Only The Clothes On His Back And Half Baked Dreams Of A Better Life Blessed With Good Looks And Natural Charm, He Lands A Job As A Runner At El Encanto One Of The Most Luxurious Department Stores In The WorldFamous For Its Exquisite Offerings From French Haute Couture To Arabian Silks, El Encanto Indulges The Senses In Opulent Extravagance It Caters To Visiting Hollywood Stars, Rising Politicos, And Prerevolutionary Cuba S Wealthiest Power Players, Including The Notorious Mobster C Sar Vald SFalling In Love With The Mobster S Young Wife, Gloria, Is Suicide But Patricio Is Irresistibly Drawn To The Beautiful Girl With Sad Eyes, A Razor Sharp Intellect, And A Penchant For Both Christian Dior S Clothes And Einstein S Theories Within The Walls Of El Encanto, Anything Seems Possible, Even A Love That Promises To Heal Them And A Desire That Thrums With The Mambo Beat Of The City ItselfIn A Reckless Love Affair That Spans Half A Century, Patricio S And Gloria S Lives Entwine Time And Again, Challenged By Every Twist Of Fate For In A World Of Murder, Betrayal, And Revolution, Those Who Dare To Reach For Paradise Seldom Survive Unscathed

10 thoughts on “The Price of Paradise

  1. says:

    This is a wonderful love story set largely in sumptuous pre Revolutionary Cuba and then into the times of Castro and Ch who are intricately portrayed in the latter chapters The protagonist and his friends are from Asturias in Spai

  2. says:

    The girl looked at me with sad eyes, and my heart trembled Those eyes seemed like quicksand easy to fall into and impossible to climb out of I knew not far into this book that it was going to be one of my favorites for the year For starters

  3. says:

    Lovely storyThis is a beautiful, historical love story that spans 50 years It tells of soul mate love, friendship, and survival Old Havana comes alive in this book I m not familiar with the history of Havana during this era, so I can t speak to it s

  4. says:

    I didn t realize when I bought this audio book I was getting a sappy, romance story, with mobsters, star crossed lovers and all the trimmings I thought it was historical fiction about Cuba before the revolution Ah, well It wasn t so bad that I had to stop list

  5. says:

    Admittedly, I didn t have high expectations for this one I only read it because it s fiction in translation and it s about Cuba, where I ve been The writing is painfully pedestrian and the story is filled with romantic cliches The historic details were well done, though

  6. says:

    I found the story to be gripping The writing seemed juvenile at some points but I think that hasto do with the translation and less to to do with the Authors abilities I would definitely recommend the story.

  7. says:

    This is the story of a heavenly place Cuba It is a story of a love which is forbidden, violent, everlasting It is a story of criminals, revolutionist and above all a story of changes.

  8. says:

    I thought I was going to read a good historical novel It ended up being a dime store romance devoid of any substance Great for 14 year old girls.

  9. says:

    I enjoyed my time with this I noted that this comes almost on the heels of my having read Graham Greene s Our Man in Havana The time period is not quite identical, but discussing the Greene in a group it was noted how that one gave a good feeling about the Havana of the time The Price of Paradise does this ev

  10. says:

    Susana Lopez Rubio has crafted a very compelling story line about life in Havana in the 1950 s.The genre of this novel is Historical Romance I usually am not attracted to this type of book Most romance to me seems contrived Not so this book.Patricio leaves a destitute Spain to make his fortune in Havana His salesmanshi

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