This was a fantastic piece of travel writing. The writing was strong, vivid, and felt honest. There is no question that this is an outsider looking in on a closed society. It is written from her perspective, bringing her background and experience to what she sees. Are the people guarded and un-trusting? Are they honest in what they say about Castro and their condition? Probably not, and she has her doubts along the way.
I believe a book written from the perspective of a Cuban who grew up in that environment would reveal even more. But from the perspective of a woman from a society that is oftentimes sympathetic to socialist thought makes this even more interesting to me who grew up in such an anti-socialist/anti-communist atmosphere. Even through her lens of partial sympathy, one sees that the Cuban revolution was a failure.