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So Close to the Monster

Gilberto Perez: The Trouble with Being Cuban

22 June 2000
On Becoming Cuban: Identity, Nationality and Culture 
by Louis Pérez Jr..
North Carolina, 579 pp., £31.95, October 1999, 0 8078 2487 9
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... is why, after all these years and all the changes that have come to pass, Castro has kept his hold on Cuba. The Capitol look-alike should have been on the cover of On Becoming Cuban by the historian LouisPérezJr. It is the thesis of this book that Cuban identity rests on identification with the United States. For Pérez, becoming Cuban means becoming like an American (he prefers to say ‘North ...

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