Cuban Missile Crisis and Snow

Topics: Cuban Missile Crisis, Fidel Castro, Cuba Pages: 2 (715 words) Published: February 21, 2013
Many stories have been written about wars especially Cuban missile crisis, which has been interesting for many people around the world. Most of them are about people’s situation and political views. This is probably one of the few stories that describes the Cuban crisis in the children’s views and it also describes the happenings in an elementary school during the crisis. Julia Álvarez was born in the Dominican Republic and spent the early years of her life in there. When she was ten years old an unsafe political climate forced her family to move to the United States (New York City). While she had heard many wonderful stories about the United States, her experiences were full of fear and danger immediately after moving to their new home. Soon reading became her only escape from their situation. After a while she immersed herself with writing and then she stated writing her first book. Some of her most famous books include: When Tia Lola Came to Stay, Before We Were Free, In the Time of the Butterflies, and Yo! The story of “snow” is from one of her most famous books name “How Garcia girls lost their accent” (1991). In this book she captures perfectly the fear and the wonder of a young immigrant girl from the Dominican Republic who has never seen snow before. This story is her first experience of seeing a snow during the Cuban missile crisis (Women's Voices From the Borderlands, ed. Lillian Castillo-Speed (New York: Touchstone, 1995), 126-128) (How Garcia girls lost their accent by Julia Alvarez). October 1962, John F Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev were almost starting a nuclear war that many believed that if it wasn’t stopped world war 3 could have happened. In May 1962 Nikita Khrushchev, the president of Russia proposed the idea of placing nuclear missiles on Cuba to deter any future invasion attempt. Cuban missile crisis (Known as October crisis in Cuba) could have been a serious danger to everyone and as the book ‘The Week The World...
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