Havana is a really big city
If you think you have read good short stories–think again; when you read Havana is a really Big City you will fall in love with Mirta Yáñez’s writing.
I had already read a short story by Mirta called “Todos los negros tomamos café” and I loved her writing. When I found out I had to read this book, I knew from the get go that I was going to love it. It’s just one of those books that you start to read and you just can’t stop.
One of the stories that caught my attention was “For Men Only,” an outstanding short story that shows a situation that humans have to go through sometimes in life. For example, in this story Mister Morris was bullied at work–someone kept writing Mister Morris Maricón on the bathroom doors to make fun of him. This short story represents the unbelievable behavior that people are faced with at work.
Another of my favorite stories from this collection was “No Call of the Wild.” This is a story that will make you cry for a forgotten dog that no one attended after his owners never came back. The story presents the dog standing at the doorway, vigilant, waiting for his master to come back, starving and dying of thirst.
These are stories that I will never forget, stories that inspire deep feelings–of surprise, anger, sadness, and laughter.