I”m the first to admit when I’m wrong.
When I agreed to review this book, I was initially put off by the synopsis. While trying to stay open-minded, I’m pretty set in my ways when it comes to my faith. After all, my minor in college was Bible.
I expected The Tragedy of Fidel Castro to be garishly sacrilegious, mocking Christianity via one of the most famous dictators of all time. And I wasn’t wrong about that….the book did mock Christianity but in a casual, generally non-offensive way. The part I was wrong about was whether I would like the book. It’s hard to put aside one’s preconceived notions, especially when the implied characters have such well-documented pasts. There was enough consistency in the characters to keep their personae in the back of my mind (Castro’s ubiquitous fatigues and cigars, for example.) However, this is a satirical novel. The situations are fictitious. The characters aren’t really who you initially think they are. Once I was able to look past what I had in my head, the book was pretty enjoyable.
If you’re a reader who can’t look beyond what you have in your mind about God, Jesus, JFK, or Castro, I ‘m not judging you. I’m just not sure if you’ll like this book. On the other hand, if you are looking for a fairly entertaining read that will challenge your thinking at least on a surface level, then give it a try.
Check out the author’s website (be sure to click “En” on the homepage if you need it in English) and you’ll find that João Cerqueira is well-educated and often published. His works are filled with irony and a tongue in cheek humor. Cerqueira draws influence from authors such as Flanary O’Connor and Erasmus. It’s no wonder that his novel is a bit philosophical in nature!