By Araceli Tinajero

The perform of analyzing aloud has an extended heritage, and the culture nonetheless survives in Cuba as a hard-won correct deeply embedded in cigar manufacturing unit staff' tradition. In El Lector, Araceli Tinajero deftly strains the evolution of the reader from nineteenth-century Cuba to the current and its eventual dissemination to Tampa, Key West, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. In interviews with present-day and retired readers, she files tales that another way may were misplaced ceaselessly, making a precious archive for destiny historians.

Through a detailed exam of journals, newspapers, and private interviews, Tinajero relates how the studying used to be geared up, how the readers and readings have been chosen, and the way the method affected the connection among employees and manufacturing unit proprietors. as a result reader, cigar manufacturing unit staff have been way more cultured and in contact with the political currents of the day than different staff. however it used to be not just the examining fabric, which supplied political and literary details that yielded self-education, that prompted the staff; the act of being learn to elevated the self-discipline and timing of the artisan's job.

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