El sueño de las Antillas by Carmen Santos

By Carmen Santos

En los angeles Habana del siglo XIX, una mujer come to a decision tomar las riendas de su vida y forjar su propio destino.

En 1858, cuando Valentina partió desde España hacia los angeles colonia de Cuba en pasaje de tercera clase, tenía un joven marido a su lado y el corazón repleto de ilusiones. A su llegada a los angeles isla, sin embargo, sus sueños se resquebrajan: su esposo ha muerto durante l. a. agotadora travesía y el lugar, de pronto, se revela como un entorno hostil.
Sólo Tomás Mendoza, un atractivo médico que viajaba en el mismo barco que ella, intenta ayudarla proponiéndole matrimonio. Pero Valentina le rechaza por orgullo, pues no está dispuesta a inspirar lástima, aunque eso signifique tener que vender su cuerpo en un refinado prostíbulo caribeño. Lo que no sospecha es que hay hombres que no se conforman con unas horas de lujuria comprada y que algunos, como el rico y apuesto Leopoldo Bazán, bajo sus caballerosas formas esconden l. a. más abyecta crueldad.
 
Con el pulso firme y sagaz de los grandes novelistas, Carmen Santos ha tejido una historia inolvidable que tiene mucho de las grandes sagas. De las calles habaneras al prostíbulo y de allí a los fastuosos salones de los angeles alta sociedad isleña, enriquecida hasta lo inimaginable con el cultivo de l. a. caña de azúcar, El sueño de las Antillas nos cuenta l. a. historia de una mujer fuerte, valiente y carismática que, en una época de intrigas políticas por l. a. independencia de Cuba y por los angeles abolición de los angeles esclavitud, se debate entre l. a. ambición, los angeles venganza y el amor verdadero.

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By Carmen Santos

En los angeles Habana del siglo XIX, una mujer come to a decision tomar las riendas de su vida y forjar su propio destino.

En 1858, cuando Valentina partió desde España hacia los angeles colonia de Cuba en pasaje de tercera clase, tenía un joven marido a su lado y el corazón repleto de ilusiones. A su llegada a los angeles isla, sin embargo, sus sueños se resquebrajan: su esposo ha muerto durante l. a. agotadora travesía y el lugar, de pronto, se revela como un entorno hostil.
Sólo Tomás Mendoza, un atractivo médico que viajaba en el mismo barco que ella, intenta ayudarla proponiéndole matrimonio. Pero Valentina le rechaza por orgullo, pues no está dispuesta a inspirar lástima, aunque eso signifique tener que vender su cuerpo en un refinado prostíbulo caribeño. Lo que no sospecha es que hay hombres que no se conforman con unas horas de lujuria comprada y que algunos, como el rico y apuesto Leopoldo Bazán, bajo sus caballerosas formas esconden l. a. más abyecta crueldad.
 
Con el pulso firme y sagaz de los grandes novelistas, Carmen Santos ha tejido una historia inolvidable que tiene mucho de las grandes sagas. De las calles habaneras al prostíbulo y de allí a los fastuosos salones de los angeles alta sociedad isleña, enriquecida hasta lo inimaginable con el cultivo de l. a. caña de azúcar, El sueño de las Antillas nos cuenta l. a. historia de una mujer fuerte, valiente y carismática que, en una época de intrigas políticas por l. a. independencia de Cuba y por los angeles abolición de los angeles esclavitud, se debate entre l. a. ambición, los angeles venganza y el amor verdadero.

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Johannes Robin, formerly Rabinowich, was making money again, though on a far more modest scale than that which he had known in Germany. Johannes didn’t sell anything to Nazis or Fascists—he left that to his long-time partner, Robbie, who had a stronger stomach. Johannes was tireless in reading newspapers and technical journals, watching out for large-scale business enterprises which perhaps had never realized how they might speed up their work by the use of airplanes. A greatly changed Johannes Robin from the eager and rather egotistical person whom Lanny Budd had happened to meet on a railroad train in Europe nearly a quarter of a century ago.

In America it was supposed to be “sporting” to take divorce lightly and remain friends; and Irma, as an American, would take that right. Nobody, save perhaps the rector of Wickthorpe parish, would be shocked to meet her ladyship’s first husband at dinner in her home; and Fanny Barnes would take the rector off, explain matters to him, and require him to show a true Christian spirit. For heaven’s sake, let him get away with it, and don’t say a word, don’t even frown, but make him feel that he is the most appreciated of personalities!

One hour every morning she sat for him; not being a chatty person, she sat for the most part in silence, considering whether the armor room of the castle should be left in its present gloomy condition, or should be done over in batik or something else cheerful. Irma was only twenty-seven, but had lived a great deal, so she considered; she had come close to those satanic forces, and been shocked to the depths of her otherwise placid being; she hated them, and knew that she was going to devote her influence, social and political as well as financial, to combat them.

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