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Me and Fidel: Cops, Spooks, and Comic Hijinks, as a Young Cuban-American Tries to Spring his Father from a Havana Prison by William Ramsay

Me and Fidel: Cops, Spooks, and Comic Hijinks, as a Young Cuban-American Tries to Spring his Father from a Havana Prison

by William Ramsay

282 pages
A young Cuban-American, Castro's secret police, and bumbling spooks.

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About the Book
Jesus “Chucho” Revueltos has a problem: he is overdue on a debt to the Miami Mafia. His rich father is in one of Fidel Castro’s jails. Chucho has always dreamed of being Errol Flynn in “The Dawn Patrol,” but he is scared stiff when in real life he has to sneak into Cuba, posing—with the aid of Pepita, a red-headed communist doctor—as a Salvadoran communist, hoping somehow to spring his father and so keep his kneecaps intact. He plans to appeal to Fidel to release his father to help out the Salvadoran party; his mother’s boy friend Paco favors the use of explosives. His mother thinks a demonstration of “little people” will impress Castro; his lawyer-girlfriend Amelia has other ideas. The Afro-Cuban dancer Valeska (who favors purple hair and yellow lipstick) helps him meet Castro—but causes complications with Amelia; meanwhile, Pepita causes complications with everyone. Fidel himself manages to distract Chucho into helping out with a “socialist cell phone” venture.

Finally, with the aid of his Anarchist friend Pierre Sanchez-Ginzburg, Chucho has to resort to trying out a kidnapping ploy to free his father. One unforeseen result of all this is that Chucho finally gets his fifteen minutes of being Errol Flynn—while he also learns that women should perhaps be taken in moderation.

 

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About the Author
William Ramsay, a physicist and playwright, has also just finished composing a C&W opera. He has recently published a novel about his imagined encounter with the shade of his ancestor, King John -– and the adventures of members of their joint family tree. He lives in Santa Barbara with his wife.

 

 

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