Obviously expecting brisk sales during the holiday season, all major booksellers in Sydney have stocked plenty of copies of "My Life", including the US-owned chain Borders.
At the Sydney flag store of the Australian group Dymocks, they have a huge pile of the 700-page volume under the sign “Inspirational Reading for Christmas”. Really.
Anyway ... not all is gloom and doom.
If you want to read the most accurate and devastating review of "My Life", you will need to turn to this knock-out piece published by The Daily Telegraph in London this week.
Under the headline “Soft-soaping Fidel Castro”, reviewer George Walden describes the book variously as “violently hagiographic”, “kooky” and “like treading molasses”. And Ramonet? Nothing but a “slimy toady”.
As for Castro himself, Mr Walden concludes: “If this man is the only inspiration of the destitute millions of South America, God help them.”