José Ramón Torres Waves

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"The only thing to be done with this country is leave it, once and for all." Ángel could never have pictured himself in a situation like this -- hungry, tired, and unsure if he'll live to see tomorrow. But no price is too high for his family's future. Waves plunges the reader into a world of dominoes, rum, cigars, sex, drugs and boleros while weaving together three episodes of Cuban mass migration to the United States. A book about Cuba which doesn't side with left or right, but with ordinary people suffocated by circumstances. A tribute to migrants, their hopes and sacrifices.

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José Ramón Torres was born and raised in Cuba, where he spent 32 years of his life. He completed his university studies in English Language and Literature at University of Havana and a PhD in Education (Language Teaching) at University of Barcelona. In Havana, Vancouver, Barcelona and Cambridge (where he is currently based with his wife and two children), he has worked as a language teacher, translator, interpreter, TV presenter, proofreader, localisation project and language manager, telephone operator, doorman and street seller.His first novel, entitled Waves and translated into several languages, draws a parallel between three major Cuban migration episodes to the US. To some extent, the book describes the political wrangling between Fidel Castro and various US administrations. But above all it narrates the misadventures of three members of a Cuban family who decide to emigrate to the US after seeing for themselves they cannot lead a satisfactory life on the island.Before writing this first work of fiction, he had published several academic articles, mostly on phonetics and language teaching.He is now embarked on the writing of a second novel: a journey in the opposite direction to Waves, from the First World to the Third World.More about him on his website (joseramontorres.com), Facebook (facebook.com/jrtorresaguila) and Twitter (twitter.com/JRTorresWriter).

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***** "Waves by José Ramón Torres is a powerful historical fiction that can be read as a piece of political protest, a succinct and compelling social commentary on Cuba. In this thrilling and engaging work, the author unveils a Cuba that is so often masked from the eyes of tourists and readers while exposing the disenchanted world inhabited by the poor, the have-nots, and marginalized.
"Angel is the protagonist, a symbolic character whose hopes and dreams, despair and fears represent those of the millions of Cubans who are tired of living in their country. Angel sees no hope in his country. He is tired of everything - famished and uncertain - but he has a family to provide for and he's ready to do anything to create a future for them. The only problem is that he can't provide for his family while in Cuba. There is only one path to take, a treacherous path, filled with danger and uncertainty, but it's the only path: migration.
"José Ramón Torres immediately plunges readers into the heart of intense action with powerful descriptions of people flooding the embassy seeking protection. From the very first page, he chronicles the predicaments of "pilgrims of the earth," people who are ready to do just about anything to leave a country which is theirs. The writing is beautiful, at times evocative and highly descriptive, capturing the different emotions of the compelling characters and describing the intense conflict lived at different levels and stages by the characters. The story is laced with historical undertones and facts that will awaken readers to the immense suffering of many silent people. José Ramón Torres is a skilled writer, one who will be remembered as the "voice of the voiceless" in the tradition of Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentinian writer.
"Waves could have been just a book like many others, but it stands apart because it talks about crucial issues affecting the world's political landscape and it talks about them in a very compelling way." - Romuald Dzemo for SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW.

"'As the door clangs shut behind him with a rusty screech, Ángel remains motionless, sinking into darkness and a humid stench.'
"The history of Communist Cuba will always be compared to that of Capitalist America's, because of their conflicting ideologies and geographicalproximity to one another. Set during the first months of 1980, this book follows the hopes, dreams, and fears of a family torn by the harshconditions in their native Cuba and their yearning for a new life inAmerica. Ángel, the father, is one of the thousands of people who craminto the Peruvian embassy looking for asylum in another land to get out, but he has his misgivings about what actually awaits him abroad andreturns home. His children, on the other hand, are more optimistic about leaving. Emilia, his daughter, pays for passage on a yacht to Miamiwith her husband, while his son Eduardo, currently serving in themilitary, desires leaving but is duty-bound and compelled by a beautiful student to linger.
"The sharp contrast between not only the UnitedStates and Cuba is a prevailing theme of this story, but it also goesanother layer deeper. The expectations of what America can offer Cubanrefugees versus what conditions in the crowded cities will actuallyprovide them are a serious concern for Ángel. Even as he is put inprison for involvement in illegal gambling and turns increasingly todrugs and alcohol, he has his misgivings about being separated from what family remains in Cuba, while others are desperate to leave by anymeans. Packed with drama, paranoia, and suspense, the author stronglydevelops compelling characters who just as easily serve as allegoriesfor the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have lived the reality ofthis tale. A blend of well-crafted fiction and social history, this book thrives on the strength of its characters and the reality of itssetting." - Michael Radon for THE US REVIEW OF BOOKS.

**** "José Ramón Torres's fictional work, Waves, captures a historical period when life in Cuba was extremely difficult, resulting in mass migration from the country. The novel begins inHavana in the early 1980s. Angel Ribot is the main protagonist, as he,family members and close friends struggle with daily life while underFidel Castro's controlling regime. The most important decisions for allwere whether or not to seek asylum at an embassy, try to leave thecountry by other means, or choose to stay in familiar surroundings.Different choices were made by Angel and the people he loved - some went to Peru; some made the treacherous crossing to Miami immediately, while others followed many years later; some stayed and endured harshconditions. The day-to-day living conditions in Cuba, as well as theemotional toll felt by separated family members, are poignantlyportrayed over fourteen years.
"In his historical novel, Waves, author José Ramón Torres uses wonderfully descriptive language to paint realistic scenarios. The reader will not forget the crowds at thePeruvian embassy, the smells of a crowded jail cell, nor the horriblesea crossings. The reader will feel the fright of being labeled adissident, the elation of seeing the American coastline, and the lovebetween father and children after many years of separation. Although the book is a novel, the author has expertly woven interesting, factualinformation throughout the story, teaching and engaging the readersimultaneously. This is a compelling and intriguing read; everyone whoreads this book will gain a better understanding of the struggles inCuba during recent decades." - Deborah Lloyd for READERS' FAVORITE.

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