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Read The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love Read · eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Characters È eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ¸ Oscar Hijuelos Ten en las estrellas de la noche en las salas de baile donde ue su oruesta toca la música sensual y vibrante ue les gana el título de Los Reyes del Mambo Esta es su juventud una época ue treint. I did not have big hopes going into The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love I was hoping to be surprised Unfortunately there were only moments of surprise but not enough for this one to vault over the three star mark It beat out Billy Bathgate for the 1990 Pulitzer and as I have not yet read that book I have to assume it was mediocre and as there were no other runner ups that year must have been a downer literary speaking Maybe they should have taken a closer look at Get Shorty or Hocus Pocus although perhaps stooping down to Jurassic Park would have been too low In any case the book was interesting but lacked I don t know a likable protagonistNestor and Cesar Castillo are brothers from Cuba that arrive in New York riding the mamba wave in the 40s to become the Mambo Kings They leave their families in Cuba their abusive father their doting mother and in the case of Nestor an ex lover which haunts him and in the case of Cesar a wife and a daughter Of the two the younger Nestor is a shy trumpet player and Cesar est un flamboyant singer and multi instrumentalist and dancer The book is told from the perspective of the broken and dying Cesar from his room in the decrepit Hotel Splendor in Manhattan as he ruminates on his life while drinking it away We learn the tragic stories of various musicians on the scene killed over women drugs unpaid bills Most of the narrative is in the third person but there are first person interruptions in parentheses and occasionally we step into the minds of Nestor and his unfortunate wife Delores as well There are some nice passages in these souvenirsit s as if he s a kid again running through the center of Las Pi as at carnival and the porches of the houses are lit with huge lanterns and the balconies garlanded with ribbons and tapers and flowers and where he runs past so many musicians musicians everywhere on the street corners on the church steps on the porches of houses and continuing on toward the plaza where the big orchestra is set up that s the trumpet he hears echoing in the arcades of his town as he passes the columns and the shadows of couples hidden behind them and charges down steps past a garden through the crowds and the dancers to the bandstand where that trumpet player obese in a white suit head tilted back blows music up into the sky and this carries and bounces off the walls of another arcade in Havana and he s blowing the trumpet now at three in the morning reeling in circles and laughing after a night out at the clubs and brothels with friends and his brother laughing with the notes that whip into empty dark spaces and bounce back swirling inside him like youth p 25 If only all the text was like this it would have been a better book As it is the text is mostly about how awful Cesar is with women using and losing them one after another his disregard of his daughter despite half efforts to get to know her is the ultimate failure to meet her when she is an adultThere is some occasional insight that as someone having grown up in Miami and having been very close to several Cuban families I found appropriate in terms of how many Cubans deal with depressionHe didn t know what was going on Cubans then and Cubans now didn t know about psychological problems Cubans who felt bad went to their friends ate and drank and went out dancing Most of the time they wouldn t think about their problems A psychological problem was part of someone s character Cesar was un macho grande Nestor un infeliz People who hurt bad enough and wanted cures expected these cures to come immediately p 114 This goes far to explain for me anyway how this generation of Cuban immigrants became such hardcore conservatives and why there was so much spousal and child abuse as shown in the book and bourne out in real life in the communityThe key memory for Cesar and for Nestor is the moment that they meet Desi Arnaz and get a spot on the I Love Lucy show in 1955 to play Nestor s ballad Beautiful Maria of My Soul which gives them a temporary boost in their careers The meeting is described in a typically Cuban way And then in the way that Cubans get really friendly Arnaz and Cesar reinvented their pasts so that in fact they had probably been good friends p 127 Perhaps it is this idealism that doomed those who stayed in Cuba to accept a terrible regime under Castro and which pushed the migrants to the US to success while their unprocessed psychological problems pulled their politics hard right Unfortunately however two years later Nestor still crushed by his undiagnosed depression because of his lost love in Havana dies in a car crash The rest of Cesar s life is a slow descent into alcoholism and escapism and this is the real issue that I had with the book I sort of liked Nestor but really it was out of pity than affection and Cesar is just the boisterous Cuban asshole that I saw and detested when I grew up in Miami Even Delores was a depressing character that never rises above her station when truly she could have All the meaningless sex and there is a LOT of that and discussions of Cesar s enormous prick got to be irritating as well In summary this is a very melancholic book about extreme macho stereotypes that refuse to look in the mirror and take responsibility for their actions While Nestor was onstage and playing the solo to Beautiful Maria a bad sensation had started in his kneecap and risen slowly rib by rib through his chest and back before settling in his thoughts It was the simple feeling that his desires somehow contradicted his purpose in his life to write sad boleros to lie sick in bed to mourn long past loves to crave what he could never have p 180 Ultimately Nestor dies with that last thought and the reader is left to draw their own conclusions about the whole mess that the two brothers leave behind I suppose that many of the situations relayed here by Hijuelos were auto biographical but I just found that the pace was grueling at times and that I never liked or wanted to like Cesar especially 300 pages of his rambling self pitying memoirs

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Read The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love Read · eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Characters È eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ¸ Oscar Hijuelos A años después recordarán con nostalgia y afecto En Los Reyes del Mambo Tocan Canciones de Amor Oscar Hijuelos crea una obra rica y fascinante sobre la pasión y la muerte la memoria y el deseo. Like clockwork highly viscous graphic coitus every 3 5 pages Give that book The Pulitzer Prize Les naufrages dIsabelle obra rica y fascinante sobre la pasión y la muerte la memoria y el deseo. Like clockwork highly viscous graphic coitus every 3 5 pages Give that book The Pulitzer Prize

Characters È eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ¸ Oscar Hijuelos

Read The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love Read · eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Characters È eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ¸ Oscar Hijuelos 1949 Dos jóvenes cubanos músicos salen de la Habana y llegan al gran teatro de Nueva York Es la temporada del mambo y los hermanos Castillo uienes trabajan duro durante el día pronto se convier. A plump juicy sexy tropical fruit of a novelIts immediately evident why it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize as a matter of fact it comes from a proud line of family sagas all of them conjoined fatefully with the history of our nation The Castillo Bros castle siblings are the Kings of their music and major purveyors of the Cuban American Zeitgeist Of course the story is tragicomic sad but not in a completely unfamiliar way Yes this one seems to have inspired later Pulitzer winners such as The Stone Diaries The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay Oscar Wao the music heavy A Visit from the Goon Suad


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    PDF FREE [The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love] Characters È eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ¸ Oscar Hijuelos DNF So disappointing An extremely engaging six page intro leads into a choppy entirely sex focused story that fails to develop atmosphere or nostalgia the way the author intends It felt like being stuck at a bar next to an old drunk dude wanting to tell you every detail of his life story how he used to be a mus

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    PDF FREE [The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love] Looking at her Nestor felt faint hearted she was beautiful than the sea than the morning light than a wildflower field and her whole body agitated and sweaty from her struggles gave off an aromatic female scent so

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    PDF FREE [The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love] Oscar Hijuelos ¸ 8 Free download I did not realize that I was listening to an abridge audio version of this novel until after 3 hours of listening I came to an end This was not written anywhere when I looked it up at my library nor on the copy I borrowed Not even sure I should count it having read it Also the narrator was a surprisingly poor c

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  • Paperback
  • 560
  • The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
  • Oscar Hijuelos
  • Spanish
  • 03 March 2020
  • 9780060952143