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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
The Winds of Revolution by Mark Conte is a novel with a strong historical setting against the backdrop of the pre-revolutionary period in Cuba. Follow the story of an unusual, passionate love of an American sailor for a woman older than him, a woman who is embroiled in the revolution in Castro’s army. This could be read as a love story, but it is a powerful document of social consciousness during a difficult and painful period in the history of Cuba, and the author has done a marvelous job in depicting the way of life of the poor in this breathtaking, lyrical narrative. The reader follows the characters through the slums and squalor, compelled to become a witness to the social injustices and political repression that the Cubans suffered.
The writing is gorgeous and readers will enjoy the streams of consciousness that punctuate the vivid descriptions and the author’s poetic gaze that pierces reality with forensic clarity. The writing is balanced and the pace measured, allowing readers to get as much entertainment as possible while looking history in the face. Mark Conte puts a lot of life into his narrative by creating characters that are historically real and unveiling the social conditions of the masses within a specific historic moment. The conflict is monumental and as the reader gets pulled into its turmoil, they immediately understand that this isn’t a story of an individual, but the tale of a nation on its knees, struggling to rise against its oppressors. The Winds of Revolution is well written, absorbing, and hugely entertaining.