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The Surrender Tree

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom - Margarita Engle

This book is  free-verse novel based on Cuba’s painful struggle for independence from Spain and the life Rosario Castellanos Castellanos, known as Rosa la Bayamesa. This compelling piece of narrative prose is told from different characters' point of view; mainly Rosa, a freed slave who heals and hides wounded rebels and anyone who needs her help, and Lieutenant Death, a slave catcher who is determined to find Rosa. Both characters provide a look into the daily life, struggles, and consequences that faced those, mostly slaves, who tried to fight for Cuba's freedom.  

Although this book is classified as young adult, it can be enjoyed by anyone wanting to learn more about Cuban history,  treatment of slaves, or who want to enjoy well written narrative prose. 


Engle, M. (2008).The surrender tree. NY: Holt