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Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love - Oscar Hijuelos
Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
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It's 1949, the era of the mambo, and two young Cuban musicians make their way from Havana to New York. The Castillo brothers, workers by day, become, by night, stars of the dance halls, where their orchestra plays the sensuous, pulsing music that earns them the title of the Mambo Kings. This is a... show more
It's 1949, the era of the mambo, and two young Cuban musicians make their way from Havana to New York. The Castillo brothers, workers by day, become, by night, stars of the dance halls, where their orchestra plays the sensuous, pulsing music that earns them the title of the Mambo Kings. This is a golden time that thirty years later will be remembered with deep affection. In The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, Oscar Hijuelos has created an enthralling novel about passion and loss, memory and desire.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780060845308 (0060845309)
ASIN: 60845309
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
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Marvin's Bookish Blog
Marvin's Bookish Blog rated it
2.0
I tried to like this book. Partly because I find the Latin music sub-culture of the 50s a fascinating topic and partly because I do think Hijuelos has a fine style of writing. However it is simply too repetitive and uninvolving. I guess I'm supposed to like Cesar and Nestor but I never really find o...
Itinerant Librarian on Books
Itinerant Librarian on Books rated it
4.0 The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
I read this back in 2001. I barely got through it since I was between comps. and transferring to library school. It was my first foray into Hijuelos's works, and I enjoyed very much. My impression back then: >>This is a novel heavy on nostalgia and memory where I could almost hear the music and feel...
Dr Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets
Dr Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets rated it
4.0 The Mambo Kings Sing Songs of Love
This is a great novel - it's full of sex and longing and bad behavior. It's also twice as long as the film, which takes its story from the first half. Definitely a strong work.
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