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For the first time, Aleida March evokes the memories of her partner, Ernesto Che Guevara. She describes their great romance and life together from the days when they first met as fellow guerrillas in Cuba's revolutionary war up to the tragic moment when she learned of Che's assassination in Bolivia less than a decade later. As Che's widow, Aleida writes with passion and poi For the first time, Aleida March evokes the memories of her partner, Ernesto Che Guevara. She describes their great romance and life together from the days when they first met as fellow guerrillas in Cuba's revolutionary war up to the tragic moment when she learned of Che's assassination in Bolivia less than a decade later. As Che's widow, Aleida writes with passion and poignancy of their shared political dreams for the future and their family. Never before have readers been offered such an intimate insight into the man behind one of the great political symbols of our time. Includes one hundred intimate photos taken from the private family albums of Che with his children and his wife, including the last photos of Che and Aleida together when Che had disguised himself in preparation for his secret mission to Bolivia. Also includes facsimiles of postcards and letters Che sent to his family from abroad, as well as poems written to Aleida and a moving short story sent from Africa. This book reveals Aleida's own great strength and courage as she came to terms with her private loss while under the international spotlight of millions of others who also mourned the death of a world-famous revolutionary, perhaps comparable to Yoko Ono after the death of John Lennon. She also describes her efforts to raise her four children as ordinary children despite their father's legendary status in Cuba and abroad. Aleida March is currently the director of the Che Guevara Studies Center, Cuba.


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For the first time, Aleida March evokes the memories of her partner, Ernesto Che Guevara. She describes their great romance and life together from the days when they first met as fellow guerrillas in Cuba's revolutionary war up to the tragic moment when she learned of Che's assassination in Bolivia less than a decade later. As Che's widow, Aleida writes with passion and poi For the first time, Aleida March evokes the memories of her partner, Ernesto Che Guevara. She describes their great romance and life together from the days when they first met as fellow guerrillas in Cuba's revolutionary war up to the tragic moment when she learned of Che's assassination in Bolivia less than a decade later. As Che's widow, Aleida writes with passion and poignancy of their shared political dreams for the future and their family. Never before have readers been offered such an intimate insight into the man behind one of the great political symbols of our time. Includes one hundred intimate photos taken from the private family albums of Che with his children and his wife, including the last photos of Che and Aleida together when Che had disguised himself in preparation for his secret mission to Bolivia. Also includes facsimiles of postcards and letters Che sent to his family from abroad, as well as poems written to Aleida and a moving short story sent from Africa. This book reveals Aleida's own great strength and courage as she came to terms with her private loss while under the international spotlight of millions of others who also mourned the death of a world-famous revolutionary, perhaps comparable to Yoko Ono after the death of John Lennon. She also describes her efforts to raise her four children as ordinary children despite their father's legendary status in Cuba and abroad. Aleida March is currently the director of the Che Guevara Studies Center, Cuba.

30 review for Remembering Che: My Life with Che Guevara

  1. 5 out of 5

    T.M. Lakomy

    beautiful and touching... shedding light on the real Che despite the weight of propaganda against him!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy (DemonKittie)

    *This book was won from a First Reads giveaway on goodreads.com* I really liked this book. To be honest, I knew OF Che Guevara, but didn't really know the details about his life. This wonderful book told by his wife gives you a glimpse into their world and all that they had to go through in Cuba. My one fault with this book is that I feel there are simply too many names thrown about and it is hard to keep the people straight. That is, probably owing from the fact that she indeed wrote it herself *This book was won from a First Reads giveaway on goodreads.com* I really liked this book. To be honest, I knew OF Che Guevara, but didn't really know the details about his life. This wonderful book told by his wife gives you a glimpse into their world and all that they had to go through in Cuba. My one fault with this book is that I feel there are simply too many names thrown about and it is hard to keep the people straight. That is, probably owing from the fact that she indeed wrote it herself and as she says, she is not a writer. I feel like reading this book was a history lesson. I have always liked reading autobiographies, biographies and memoirs. This one would fall into the category of educational, as well as political memoir. The photos also show insight into both of their lives and I rather enjoyed it. It is also not a super long read, and I like some books to be short and sweet. If you are interested in the life of Che, then I would encourage you to read this. It might show you more about the real man, as only a wife sometimes can.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Yasmin

    With this book one is closer to knowing Che Guevara as a man, a man in love. We know no more about Aleida March. As it is the diaries say the most and if anyone wants to know him as a person, the diaries are the books to read. How does one publicise anything personal and intimate? Not easily done. So we may excuse her being reserved and actually not revealing much about their relationship together and their marriage. However, how will that account for the part of her life before she met and marr With this book one is closer to knowing Che Guevara as a man, a man in love. We know no more about Aleida March. As it is the diaries say the most and if anyone wants to know him as a person, the diaries are the books to read. How does one publicise anything personal and intimate? Not easily done. So we may excuse her being reserved and actually not revealing much about their relationship together and their marriage. However, how will that account for the part of her life before she met and married Che? That short period of her life is as impenetrable as the rest of the book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Menna

    Now that I have finished this book, I'm trying to find words to comment or review but can't find any... I've never been so touched and influenced by a book like this before! Struggling almost all the time to know that the words in this book are real.. That this man - Che Guevara - really existed.. That he is not a fictional character some writer made up so perfect that you simply fall in love with it.. No, I fell in love with a real man.. Such human being really existed and he was simply that pe Now that I have finished this book, I'm trying to find words to comment or review but can't find any... I've never been so touched and influenced by a book like this before! Struggling almost all the time to know that the words in this book are real.. That this man - Che Guevara - really existed.. That he is not a fictional character some writer made up so perfect that you simply fall in love with it.. No, I fell in love with a real man.. Such human being really existed and he was simply that perfect..

  5. 4 out of 5

    Annika Paterson

    I always respect people who are brave enough to share their personal experiences with the world. Aleida March shared her life with Che so that the world could know of the hard times Cuban's have had to deal with. We take our freedom for granted much too often. I always respect people who are brave enough to share their personal experiences with the world. Aleida March shared her life with Che so that the world could know of the hard times Cuban's have had to deal with. We take our freedom for granted much too often.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Makes me want to go back to Cuba. Cuban women are so inspiring. Great pics, too. A must read for everyone.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    It was a nice attempt by Aleida March to show a glimpse of Che Guevara's more personal side, but I for the most part I just felt said for Aleida. It seemed she was always so desperate for the attention of her husband throughout their marriage. It would be interesting to learn more about Aleida, her sacrifice and struggles as the devoted spouse of Che, a man so focused on other larger than life goals. Maybe still not knowing him much more than his friend Castro...how did she feel raising the chil It was a nice attempt by Aleida March to show a glimpse of Che Guevara's more personal side, but I for the most part I just felt said for Aleida. It seemed she was always so desperate for the attention of her husband throughout their marriage. It would be interesting to learn more about Aleida, her sacrifice and struggles as the devoted spouse of Che, a man so focused on other larger than life goals. Maybe still not knowing him much more than his friend Castro...how did she feel raising the children without him even when he was alive and it seems at some point willing to leave behind her children if given the opportunity to be with Che. Although that is unlikely to happen it sure would be an interesting read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    It is admirable of Aleida to be brave and altruistic enough to share her precious and painful memories of Che with the world. She is to be applauded for taking action to preserve forever intimate details about such a famous and influential man that would otherwise soon be lost with her passing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ariel Sykes

    AMAZING BOOK AMAZING BOOK amazing love story! I love this book because it gives a complete look into both Che and Aleida relationship and their love for each other. I admire the man and her strength and am very happy I got to read this book!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebekka

    I bought this book on my trip to Trinidad De Cuba back in 2018. Absolutely astonishing book. Bought it because I visited Che's memorial the day before. This book has left me speechless. Its very touching and very beautifully written I bought this book on my trip to Trinidad De Cuba back in 2018. Absolutely astonishing book. Bought it because I visited Che's memorial the day before. This book has left me speechless. Its very touching and very beautifully written

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amira Mattar

    This is a book that makes you wonder just how much must be lost in translation. If a memoir is this extraordinary after being refashioned into an unfamiliar language, I can't imagine how powerful it must read in its natural and intended tongue. This is a book that makes you wonder just how much must be lost in translation. If a memoir is this extraordinary after being refashioned into an unfamiliar language, I can't imagine how powerful it must read in its natural and intended tongue.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    It is now clear that Che had a steadfast and devoted partner both to him and the cause. His greatness was nurtured by an amazing woman.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nhi Nguyễn

    I did, at some point, want this book to be more emotional that it was. However, with many paragraphs of Che's written letters, postcards and a poem sent to Aleida, the book still got me crying, and crying really really hard when it came to the part of Che's death. I must admit, this was not an easy read. Although I read it fast, and came to the point of devouring it, it was still a difficult read due to the fact that there were may details about Che's revolutionary work and other stuff about figh I did, at some point, want this book to be more emotional that it was. However, with many paragraphs of Che's written letters, postcards and a poem sent to Aleida, the book still got me crying, and crying really really hard when it came to the part of Che's death. I must admit, this was not an easy read. Although I read it fast, and came to the point of devouring it, it was still a difficult read due to the fact that there were may details about Che's revolutionary work and other stuff about fighting and planning a battle... up to the point where the emotional part of this book (which I supposed to be the main element) was clouded. However, as I dug deep into all the little details and words from Che to Aleida, I could finally saw the man behind all those revolutionary thoughts and war and seriousness. He was also an extremely loving, emotional man towards his wife and children, and the letters/poem proved it. The part I will absolutely go on and love forever is the part after Che's death, when I got to see more of a tough, courageous young women with 4 children to raise from Aleida, and also more of the beautifully heartbreaking letters/poem from Che. Here my tears flowed like a river... But I still wished to see more of the emotions and course of the love story between Che and Aleida to totally win me over from the first page to the last page. If that had happened, I would have certainly given this book a 5 star rating! I was promised by the summary on the back cover of the book that I would have the chance to see the never-before-seen photos of Che's family in the appendix, but it turned out that the translated version I read had no photo in it, NOT A SINGLE ONE! DAMNED MY FUCKING BASTARD PUBLISHING HOUSE!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    This book is told in Che’s wife’s own words. It is the translated work of a woman who is not a natural writer, and it is a rather stilted and at times hagiographic work. But beyond this, the restrictions and even mundanity of life with a man lauded as a revolutionary hero (and criticized for his inflexibility and his ruthlessness in exacting ‘revolutionary justice’ too) comes through in this book, despite its limitations.... As might be expected in such a book, there are a lot of names, as variou This book is told in Che’s wife’s own words. It is the translated work of a woman who is not a natural writer, and it is a rather stilted and at times hagiographic work. But beyond this, the restrictions and even mundanity of life with a man lauded as a revolutionary hero (and criticized for his inflexibility and his ruthlessness in exacting ‘revolutionary justice’ too) comes through in this book, despite its limitations.... As might be expected in such a book, there are a lot of names, as various people are name-checked and credited. She assumes, as might be expected in a book written in Spanish and published in Cuba, a familiarity with the events and people of the Cuban revolution that readers on the other side of the world might not necessarily have. There are short, but useful, footnotes giving some of the details that March has skated over, but I wish there had been a map as well... The circumstances around Guevara’s death are given little space. She was left in her thirties, with four young children. She did remarry, but gives few details. In fact, she is rather absent in this book, which is more about her husband than herself. For my complete review, see https://residentjudge.wordpress.com/2...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Reshma Patel

    I bought this book half way through my trip in Cuba, and finished it when I had downtime (traveling from city to city via bus/plan mostly). Reading this book while in Cuba really enhanced my experience of my trip and made me understand how important the Cuban revolution is to the Cuban people to this day. This book is written by Che Guevara's wife, Aleida who is also a Cuban revolutionary, and her time with Che. It is a very easy quick read. My favorite parts were when she shared the love letter I bought this book half way through my trip in Cuba, and finished it when I had downtime (traveling from city to city via bus/plan mostly). Reading this book while in Cuba really enhanced my experience of my trip and made me understand how important the Cuban revolution is to the Cuban people to this day. This book is written by Che Guevara's wife, Aleida who is also a Cuban revolutionary, and her time with Che. It is a very easy quick read. My favorite parts were when she shared the love letters and post cards Che sent her from abroad while partaking in the Congo & Bolivian revolution. It is beautiful and heartbreaking to see the sacrifices he makes for a greater cause and his struggles with making these sacrifices (time away from his wife and family). She also provides a great perspective that other writers would not be able to: Che did not just fight for socialism/revolution, he also truly lived his life this way. Only complaint about the book is that she was a tad bit more censored than I would have liked in her writing. Highly recommend!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amal Abdulla

    Che as a human being changes for the reader along the lines, and when one reaches the last pages, he is the most tender soul full of love and compassion and softness which is not celebrated. The reader is inspired by Che as a human being along with as a revolutionary and a leader by the end of the book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bronwyn Hegarty

    this was a great book to read while visiting Cuba as it was Aleida's perspective of the revolution and an account of her time with Che. She recalls how they met and the gradual development of their friendship and love. At the beginning, she was Che's personal assistant, and later on his lover. They eventually married and had four children but their time together was short, 9 or 10 years. The story generates emotion near the end but it is not a personally emotive story and is written almost matte this was a great book to read while visiting Cuba as it was Aleida's perspective of the revolution and an account of her time with Che. She recalls how they met and the gradual development of their friendship and love. At the beginning, she was Che's personal assistant, and later on his lover. They eventually married and had four children but their time together was short, 9 or 10 years. The story generates emotion near the end but it is not a personally emotive story and is written almost matter of factly. To write in any other way was probably too painful for her as she would have had to reveal her deepest emotions. An easily read and enjoyable story of an unusual life.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stevie

    I just visited Cuba and came home more curious about the country than before I left. At the Museum of the Revolution I learned about some of the bad things the US did and has done to this country. I realized that Che Guevera and Fidel Castro were revered figures and wanted to know more. I found a bookstore that sold books in a English, so I picked this book and another, Che’s Motorcycle Diaries. The reading was a bit bumpy, but that may have been the translation. They loved each other despite lo I just visited Cuba and came home more curious about the country than before I left. At the Museum of the Revolution I learned about some of the bad things the US did and has done to this country. I realized that Che Guevera and Fidel Castro were revered figures and wanted to know more. I found a bookstore that sold books in a English, so I picked this book and another, Che’s Motorcycle Diaries. The reading was a bit bumpy, but that may have been the translation. They loved each other despite long separations due to Che’s revolutionary passions.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lee Cart

    Opened my eyes to a part of history that I had no clue about

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ritesh Rajan

    You get the full insight of a greatest revolutionary from the person closest to him. Really worth reading and understanding.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Malika-Liki

    it wa a beautiful and easy readabout Ernesto Che Guevara by his wife and mother of 4 of hs children. I loved the simplicity of her writing the way she remembered him, his little ways, his shiness, but also his brightness. He is so much more than an Iconic figure. A heroic figure who had a huge impact on third world countries fighting for independance and/or justice. we have a wonderful Boulevard named after him in Algiers. I loved the photos and her testimony of a love story on borrowed times. I lo it wa a beautiful and easy readabout Ernesto Che Guevara by his wife and mother of 4 of hs children. I loved the simplicity of her writing the way she remembered him, his little ways, his shiness, but also his brightness. He is so much more than an Iconic figure. A heroic figure who had a huge impact on third world countries fighting for independance and/or justice. we have a wonderful Boulevard named after him in Algiers. I loved the photos and her testimony of a love story on borrowed times. I loved how she gave him back his humaniy as a loving husband, son and father while pointing out his extraordiary strong will and sens of justice and destiny.

  22. 5 out of 5

    authorial

    This is the most beautiful book on the love of two real life revolutionaries. I am not sure if this type of self-sacrificing, didactic, tender and poetic relationship is even possible in this century.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Frank Karioris

    A loving memoir of this important participant in critical events.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amita MV

    Unfortunately it reads a bit like propaganda to me - though it was often more interesting to speculate on what she chose to leave out rather than to read what she did include.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Yoo-Yoo

    This is a biography of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, revolutionary and idealist, as told by his widow, Aleida March. Aleida gives insight into Che's idealism and marks historical events as they occurred during the time they were together, but her focus is, as the byline says, "the story of a great legend and a great love". This is their love story, set in the context of the Cuban Revolution (1957-9) and the revolutions that followed, until Che's assassination in 1967. Aleida's poignant description of th This is a biography of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, revolutionary and idealist, as told by his widow, Aleida March. Aleida gives insight into Che's idealism and marks historical events as they occurred during the time they were together, but her focus is, as the byline says, "the story of a great legend and a great love". This is their love story, set in the context of the Cuban Revolution (1957-9) and the revolutions that followed, until Che's assassination in 1967. Aleida's poignant description of the details of their daily life, their sacrifices, their ideals, and their sense of humor takes the mythical legend Che and makes him a human, one with an unending drive to improve the world, as well as continually improve himself through reading. This is what it looked like behind the scenes: this is what they gave up to be revolutionaries. This is what they dreamed of alone and together. There are many little gems throughout the book. There are snippets of Che's postcards and letters to Aleida during his travels abroad, wistful poems when they were apart for many months at a time, the moving story he wrote in his grief at his mother's death. Aleida is open about her feelings of insecurity and sadness and then strength; she describes the joy of being reunited, the short periods of their lives when they could be alone together, their simple morning routine during the quiet times. She includes tales of guilt and pride as well, such as when she accidentally broke Che's treasured camera, or he teasingly chastised her for ripping a page out of his favorite book, but also how happy he was when she sent him cufflinks, and how for years he carried around the scarf she gave him. In an additional nugget of history, she tells of the deep friendship and loyalty between Che and Fidel Castro, to whom the book is partly dedicated, showing Fidel's generosity and support to their young family during rough times.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Merrikay

    "The story of a great legend and a great love"  Well, great legend maybe - not sure about the great love part.  This is a memoir by the second Mrs. Guevara. I found it to be a quick and pleasant read with a lot of great photographs which are alone worth checking out.  It is the story of their relationship from her perspective  There are a lot of little sweet stories.  If you are looking for history of Guevara or the Cuban revolution, I'd recommend something different, perhaps [[Margaret Randall] "The story of a great legend and a great love"  Well, great legend maybe - not sure about the great love part.  This is a memoir by the second Mrs. Guevara. I found it to be a quick and pleasant read with a lot of great photographs which are alone worth checking out.  It is the story of their relationship from her perspective  There are a lot of little sweet stories.  If you are looking for history of Guevara or the Cuban revolution, I'd recommend something different, perhaps [[Margaret Randall]]'s [Part of the Solution] is a nice blend of memoir and history unless you want to go with a straight academic textbook.  Although, if you want a complete study of Guevara, this is probably necessary reading.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dina Rabea

    Aleida was obviously taken by Che's charisma and position in the revolution and she kept seeing him as the older guy throughout their relation in the whole book as she did in their early days, i like the details about Che and the photos though. It's frustrating how she places him as a god, never mentions a flaw or a mistake! I loved how Che apparently followed his dream, his crazy crazy dream and died for it. It gives me lessons of how they took this revolution so seriously and planned for good. Aleida was obviously taken by Che's charisma and position in the revolution and she kept seeing him as the older guy throughout their relation in the whole book as she did in their early days, i like the details about Che and the photos though. It's frustrating how she places him as a god, never mentions a flaw or a mistake! I loved how Che apparently followed his dream, his crazy crazy dream and died for it. It gives me lessons of how they took this revolution so seriously and planned for good. When i think of one revolution i once witnessed in my hometown in comparison, it appears so random and unorganized, so sad it renders me..

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joan Michalcik Fox

    Four stars and maybe even five, just for the subject matter and commitment to a cause. The "remembrance" has a lot of names and history throughout; I'd guess a lot of readers were hoping for a somewhat more personal account. I think there's a different kind of personal account here--the reality of being young, married with 4 young children, a husband committed to revolution, and how these lives were overshadowed by history in the making. Four stars and maybe even five, just for the subject matter and commitment to a cause. The "remembrance" has a lot of names and history throughout; I'd guess a lot of readers were hoping for a somewhat more personal account. I think there's a different kind of personal account here--the reality of being young, married with 4 young children, a husband committed to revolution, and how these lives were overshadowed by history in the making.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Terri Durling

    I saw this book on a recent trip to Cuba. I have always been fascinated with Che Guevara, a fascinating legend of the Cuban Revolution in the 1960s. I think something got lost in the translation of Aleida March's book about her life with Che Guevara. It felt restricted and restrained and that took away from the passion I think she meant to portray. There are some interesting parts and lots of photos which add interest but generally I felt it was a bit disappointing. I saw this book on a recent trip to Cuba. I have always been fascinated with Che Guevara, a fascinating legend of the Cuban Revolution in the 1960s. I think something got lost in the translation of Aleida March's book about her life with Che Guevara. It felt restricted and restrained and that took away from the passion I think she meant to portray. There are some interesting parts and lots of photos which add interest but generally I felt it was a bit disappointing.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hermit

    i was totally engrossed in it i couldnt stop crying whilst reading all the letters he sent to Aleida. the bond they had there was so sincere and heartfelt. I have grown to adore and admire Che as one selfless human being who sacrificed his own life to serve humanity. his journey was truly an inspiring one.

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