If you have not gotten your copy of the book Cubanos in Wisconsin written by our good friend Silvio Canto, Jr. and his son Gabriel, what are you waiting for? Silvio does a wonderful job of weaving a touching, true tale of a Cuban refugee family who came to the U.S. fleeing tyranny and searching for freedom. A story that so many of us can relate to but quite honestly, with the generation of courageous Cubans who left everything behind to give us a chance of growing up in freedom slowly passing away, a story that needs to be told more often.
You can get a copy of Silvio’s book at Amazon, but in the meantime, here are a couple of reviews.
Book Review: The Long Road to Freedom
The Long Road to Freedom — Cubanos in Wisconsin by Silvio Canto, Jr. and Gabriel Canto
With the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the fall of the iron curtain more than 20 years ago, most Americans do not think any more about the threat from Communist regimes or how people lived in these societies when they were under Soviet control. Much closer to home, the Fidel Castro government in Cuba has just entered its 55th year.
In this short but stirring account of why one family made the decision to leave Castro’s Cuba, and how that family came to call Madison, Wisconsin, their new home, Silvio Canto has provided an unusual look at one family’s travails and journey, which occurred while he was a young boy in Havana and then in his adopted country. Like many in Cuba, Canto’s parents initially believed that the Castro regime would be an improvement over the dictator Fulgencio Batista, whom Castro replaced in power in early 1959. But it did not take long to see that one dictator had merely been replaced by another, and that the new regime’s beliefs in the leveling of society, and in community rather than private property, meant an end to the economic system through which hard work could produce a better life for a family.
Continue reading HERE.
Cubanos in Wisconsin by Silvio Canto Jr.
f George Bailey‘s story were set in Cuba during the 1960s rather than Bedford Falls, NY, in the 1940s, the drama’s villain would not be a greedy capitalist trying to monopolize the housing market in a small town; rather, the antagonist would be a socialist revolutionary who takes over a nation’s banking system and expropriates the Bailey family’s business, home and everything else they own, right down to their prized Philips AM-FM radio and refrigerator.
And in this version of the David-and-Goliath economic allegory, George Bailey would be the honest, hard-working branch manager of a Havana bank named Silvio Canto Sr. who bends the rules only enough to extend credit to people of good standing in the community.
The memoir Cubanos in Wisconsin by Silvio Canto Jr. with his son Gabriel Canto (The Canto Group, 2013) is a touching family story that honors the sacrifice of the author’s parents when they left their tropical homeland to start over in a periodically frigid Midwestern state.
Continue reading HERE.