One reason why I love cigars is because famous cigar brands such as Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo were created because of the reading of William Shakespeare and Alexandre Dumas, the author of The Count of Monte Cristo. In Cuba, reading out loud to the workers in cigar factories became an industry-wide tradition in 1865. Saturnino Martínez, a consummate smoker, journalist and poet had the brilliant and altruistic idea of using people to read to the workers during working hours and he first organized readings in the El Figaro factory in Havana.
These readings were enjoyed so much that many workers acquired the capacity to repeat by heart whole chapters of classical works of prose and poetry.
Today, all over Cuba, this tradition is alive and well. Readers are in all the factories, from Santiago to Havana to Pinar del Río. The readings have specific timetables and generally begin with the headlines of the day's newspapers. After reading the newspaper, the readers take a break and then begin reading the unfinished book from the day before. Most are women.
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