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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eduardo Calcines Narrator: Eduardo Calcines Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Eduardo F. Calcines was a child of Fidel Castros Cuba; he was just three years old when Castro came to power in January 1959. After that, everything changed for his family and his country. When he was 10, his family applied for an exit visa to emigrate to America and he was ridiculed by his schoolmates and even his teachers for being a traitor to his country. But even worse, his father was sent to an agricultural reform camp to do hard labor as punishment for daring to want to leave Cuba.

During the years to come, as he grew up in Glorytown, a neighborhood in the city of Cienfuegos, Eduardo hoped with all his might that their exit visa would be granted before he turned 15, the age at which he would be drafted into the army.

In this absorbing memoir, by turns humorous and heartbreaking, Eduardo Calcines recounts his boyhood and chronicles the conditions that led him to wish above all else to leave behind his beloved extended family and his home for a chance at a better future.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Casey Strauss | 8/28/2013

    " Leaving Glorytown would be appropriate for students in grade 8 and up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nate Smith | 11/26/2012

    " This book is great! It is amazing to see what other people have to go through. We take our rights for granted! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Roslyn | 3/2/2012

    " I thorougly enjoyed this memoir. The author's memories of his family's struggle under Castro is something you will not forget. It is a picture of a loving family made up of very wise and very strong people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Annie Oosterwyk | 4/21/2011

    " Reading a book like this makes me want to investigate what happened in Cuba when Castro and the communists took over. I am finding that children's or young adult literature is a great lead in to adult nonfiction. "

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