Saturday, May 30, 2015

Cuban Counterpoint: Tobacco and Sugar

Ortiz, Fernando, Cuban Counterpoint: Tobacco and Sugar, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947.

Reviewed in The Hispanic American Historical Review © 1947.

Reviewed in Stet Journal.

Excerpt from the inner sleeve:
Tobacco and Sugar have made the history, the character and the economy of Cuba. In this entertaining book, packed with fascinating lore, scholarship in its most humane form, and the flavor of Fernando Ortiz’s exceedingly civilized and humorous personality, the two important crops are seen from many points of view. Their economic aspects form the base, but are examined, too, for their effects on folklore, art, science, industry, and daily human living. Out of personal experience, memory and a lifetime of reading in all the western European languages, Dr. Ortiz has condensed exactly what is most telling, interesting, and significant about the leafy plant and the cane that together have made the story of his native land.

See also: Fernando Ortiz Foundation.

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