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 of youth--a golden time that thirty years later will be remembered with nostalgia and deep afection. In The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love,Oscar Hijuelos has created a rich and enthralling novel about passion and loss, memory and desire....Continua
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