23 literary journeys with the world’s great writers (2 in the Caribbean)


A report by Griffin Shea for CNN lists 23 iconic literary trips. Two destinations are in the Caribbean. Here are the two Caribbean sites listed. for the rest, follow the link to the original report.

Hemingway’s Cuba

Despite the decades of embargo, Cuba always nursed a soft spot for Ernest Hemingway, who found inspiration on the island and the waters around it.

He loved his Cuban home so much that he sought to stay even as relations with the United States turned frosty and then frigid — much to the consternation of US officialdom.
At his Finca Vigia (Lookout Farm) outside Havana, Hemingway wrote “The Old Man and the Sea” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”
There he invited neighborhood kids to play baseball with his own sons.
The museum at the Finca (Finca Vigía Km. 12 ½, La Habana; +53 7 6910809) is designed to resemble the way it would have appeared when he lived there.
In Havana, almost every spot connected to him brags about the connection. A bronze statue of Hemingway sits at his old watering hole, Floridita bar (Obispo, La Habana; +53 7 8671300) — also famed as the creator of the daiquiri.

VS Naipaul’s Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)

Many of VS Naipaul’s novels are semi-autobiographical, but “A House for Mr. Biswas” is clearly modeled on the author and his own father.
The house of the title appears only at the end of the book, when Biswas finally moves into a home of his own, assuming control of his own identity, but then suddenly dies.
That house was recently turned into a small museum in his honor (Naipaul House and Literary Museum at Nepaul Street in St. James, Port of Spain).

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