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The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
Author: Oscar Hijuelos
It's 1949. It's the era of the mambo, and two young Cuban musicians make their way up from Havana to the grand stage of New York. The Castillo brothers, workers by day, become by night stars of the dance halls, where their orchestra plays the lush, sensuous, pulsing music that earns them the title of the Mambo Kings. This is their moment...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060973278
ISBN-10: 0060973277
Publication Date: 8/1990
Pages: 416
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3.4 stars, based on 31 ratings
Publisher: Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Soulfully evocative and painfully beautiful glimpse into the world of two Cuban immigrant musicians who come to this country in 1949. The book is alive with the sounds and feel of Cuban music and provided a fascinating portrait of a culture I was not familiar with. The book throbbed with passion and timid readers may be alarmed by the graphic descriptions of the Mambo King's extremely active sex life! Nevertheless this is one fantastic book, gorgeously written and deeply moving.
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The story attempts to portrays a very thin slice of life: the alleged life of Cuban musicians in exile, and I'm not sure why it merited a Pulitzer Prize. But I read it with interest to the end because the characters were so well developed. If you saw the movie, do not compare the movie with the book. We saw the movie last night. The movie was really shallow by comparison to the book. The characters in the book are more fully developed; sometimes to their detriment. It was a worthy read, but difficult to maintain sympathy for the major character.
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This is a pretty cool book that is supposed to read like songs off a record. The main character is a fun-loving, hypersexual, mambo singer reviewing his life as he basically kills himself with whiskey in a hotel room. He returns to a hotel room where he has fond memories of sexual exploits to listen to records and reflect on his life. I kept trying to figure out if I liked this guy as I read the book. He is egotistical and misogynistic but he's Cuban and he was raised by an abusive father. He loves his mother deeply and I think he's truly a good man but works through his issues by exploiting women & drinking whiskey. I really liked the writing style it floats in and out through different time periods of his life so you feel like you're really reflecting along with him.
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Wonderful. You will want to listen to Cuban music and eat Cubin food after you read it!
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Probably not my favorite of the Pulitzers, but it's a quality book nevertheless.
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I know this one won a Pulitzer, but I didn't find it all that riveting. I liked his first book better, Our House in the Last World. If reading about the size of a man's equipment isn't your thing, then skip this one.
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"Brilliant...memorable...a heady and powerful triumph...one of the most spectacularly vibrant and moving works by an American in years." - Alice Metcalf Miller, Cleveland Plain-Dealer
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Very interesting reading about the Cuban culture and music in the US post war era.


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