A vivid description of latin-american life and character in New York in the Fifties, the two sides of it: the womanizer and gregarious Cesar on one side, the romantic and self-contained Nestor, the Mambo Kings. An aura of nostalgia looms over the story and I think this is the weak point of the book, a good novel anyway, not the masterpiece you expect to find into a Pulitzer prize winner....Continua
I admit it - I only bought this book because I loved the movie... but I'm so glad I'm an armand Assasnte fan, else I never would've discovered Sr. Hijuelos and his lovely, nuanced writing. This book is a treasure - beautifully written, carefully paced. It's the story of two Cuban brothers who come to America to make it big in the emerging "Mambo" craze.
Excellent portrayal of the tribulations of two musicians - both professionally and personally. A somber, lovely book....Continua