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    (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love) PDF/EPUB ½ Oscar Hijuelos 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

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    characters Ú E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Oscar Hijuelos Oscar Hijuelos ↠ 9 characters read & download 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 somewhere between meat and perfume and ocean air that assailed Nestor's nostrils sank down into his body like mercury and twisted in his gut like Cupid's naughty arrow He was so shy that he couldn't look

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    read & download The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love characters Ú E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Oscar Hijuelos Oscar Hijuelos ↠ 9 characters I guess there was a plot But I think it was all a thinly veiled cover for writing about an old man's penis Seriously Every page includes some reference to this horny old man's sexual escapades It's gross And a little depressing Which isprovocative I guessEDIT I redacted my initial hatred filled review I might even consider re reading this fro

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    (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love) PDF/EPUB ½ Oscar Hijuelos Like clockwork highly viscous graphic coitus every 3 5 pages Give that book The Pulitzer Prize

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    (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love) PDF/EPUB ½ Oscar Hijuelos This book is nostalgic exotic erotic and narcotic It is a beautiful book and I have returned to it several times and each time I am completely swept up emotionally by it With mere words on a page the author creat

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    (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love) PDF/EPUB ½ Oscar Hijuelos 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 choice He sounds like he is having an asthma attach while reading so I heard every heavy intake of his breathe for 3 hour

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The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love characters Ñ 109 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. This book is nostalgic exotic erotic and narcotic It is a beautiful book and I have returned to it several times and each time I am completely swept up emotionally by it With mere words on a page the author creates the melodies of the Mambo era the smells of rural Cuban cane fields the sweat of a dance hall the swelter of a New York City summer The two main characters Cesar and Nestor love in completely different but totally compelling ways For Nestor love is an ideal out of reach and cause for nothing but pain Cesar loves all of womankind with an unuenchable thirst If Nestor is a Keats poem Cesar is a Marvin Gaye album I did not find the book sexist as some have claimed I did find the book unabashedly sensual as sensual as the music and culture and era in which it celebrates If your greatest erogenous zone is your mind read The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love If living a life that is drenched in passion and pleasure to it s fullest capacity is a belief you subscribe to read this book If you enjoy rich storytelling you will like this book

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The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love characters Ñ 109 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. I cannot BELIEVE this book won a Pulitzer I bought it because of the shiny red cover with the big silver medal looking sticker on the front yes that is how I judge books The Cuban historyliving in New York as a Cubanmusic scene perspective was interesting but it was overshadowed by the long long LONG woe is me sad sack self destructive fatalistic characters who were for the most part unlikable and unrelatable and the pages and pages of sex Not sexy sex DH Lawrence this is not It s like forensic sex There are much better books about Cuban jazz musicians I m sure if that s what you re in to I almost never would label a book DO NOT READ even if I didn t particularly care for it This book is one of the few However I m apparently one of the only people who feels this way The Pulitzer guys certainly didn t agree with me

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The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love characters Ñ 109 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. 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 somewhere between meat and perfume and ocean air that assailed Nestor s nostrils sank down into his body like mercury and twisted in his gut like Cupid s naughty arrow He was so shy that he couldn t look at her any and she liked this because men were always looking at herMy name is Maria she told him He is Nestor Castillo a young man born on a farm and coming to Havana to become a musician like his big brother Cesar In the big city he meets a beautiful woman has a torid love affair with her and then he loses her While Cesar is a libertine who changes his women often than his shirts Nestor cannot recover from this first love affair not even when he goes to New York like many of his fellow Cuban artists in the 1950 a at the height of the Mambo Craze in the American nightclubs not even when he meets another beautiful Cuban immigrant and marries her not even when at the height of his succes he sings with his brother in a Hollywood television programme about the pain of lost love in a melancholic bolero Bella Maria de Mi AlmaNestor remains distant taciturn tormented by absences missing not only Maria but also the land of his birth and childhood He is transformed into a symbol of the exiled soul His continuing grief was a monument to gallego melancholy Like Nestor are most of his compatriots who work on poorly paid day jobs struggle to raise families and to maintain the spirit of the homeland in an alien land Many of his friends were that way troubled souls They would always seem happy especially when they d talk about women and music but when they had finished floating through the euphoric layer of their sufferings they opened their eyes in a world of pure sadness and pain This sadness is in stark contrast with the carnival atmosphere of the dancing halls but maybe it explains the wild abandon of these people to the rhythms of the mambo their sentimentality and their readiness to come together in moments of need And in explains why their lives are best expressed trough the music they compose sing at all hours of the day dance and even make love to It may also explain the attraction exercised by the African drumbeats the raw emotions and the joy for life on the restrained and self conscious American audience in the 1950 s songs written to take the listeners back to the plazas of small towns in Cuba to Havana to past moments of courtship and love passion and a way of life that was fading from existence His and Nestor s songs were or less typical of the songwriting of that day ballads boleros and an infinite variety of fast dance numbers son montunos guarachas merengues guaracha mambos son pregones The compositions capturing the moments of youthful cockiness A thousand women have I continually satisfied because I am an amorous man Songs about flirtation magic blushing brides cheating husbands cuckolds and the cuckolded flirtatious beauties humiliation Happy sad fast and slowAnd there were songs about torment beyond all sorrows From a structural perspective the history of the two brother first in Cuba and later in New York is told through the songs they composed and sung together with their band The Mambo Kings An elderly Cesar reminisces alone and drunk in a cheap hotel room listening to old 78 s self printed records thinking back to the glory days of white silken suits Panama hats and endless nights of revelry spicy food loud music voluptuous women and companionship What did he have A few pictures from Cuba a wall filled with autographed pictures a headful of memories sometimes scrambled like eggsAgain he remembers back to long ago and his Papi in Cuba saying You become a musician and you ll be a poor man all your life The story is non linear following Cesar s scrambled train of thought jumping forward and backward in time yet the individual snapshots are painstakingly and lovingly expanded added upon and filled with extravagant minute details by Oscar Hijuelos until they become a panoramic and comprehensive big canvas memorial to the times and the people of Little Havana to the legacy of a Cuban lifestyle that was disappearing fast under the pressure of revolutionary changes and modern values This generation has lost its sense of elegance exclaims Cesar in 1970 looking at the picture of the dapper young men with immaculate suits and pencil thin moustaches remembering huge ballrooms with sparkling chandeliers and ladies in evening gowns sighing over past memories of dainty underwear and high heeled shapely legs Most of all Cesar is missing his brother and his music the energy and the resilience that he took for granted in his youth He s paying the price now for all those fat cigars and glasses of rum for the sleepless nights and casual amorous encounters he d lied so often to women over the years had mistreated and misunderstood so many women that he had resigned himself to forgetting about love and romance those very things he used to put in songs I was already a Cubanophile as one of the followers of the Mambo Kings is described in the book long before I read the present novel It started as with many of my contemporaries courtesy of the Buena Vista Social Club and the likes of Ibrahim Ferrer Compay Segundo and Ruben Gonzales I was thus already predisposed to enjoy Oscar Hijuelo s history and to look forward to the many tidbits of information and cameo appearances of popular artists from the island and from the American scene The music already spoke to me of the people and of their passion of their laughter and of their sadness walking hand in hand Hijuelos didn t disappoint but I think I can understand how another reader may view the baroue extravagance of the descriptive passages the almost academic essays on the origins inspiration and style of the songs the pervasive melancholy of the whole presentation as a drag and as self indulgence on the part of a writer who is unable to get detached enough from his subject I confess that even for me it was not a smooth ride and the density of the text often put me to sleep after a day at work The chronic depression of the two brothers started to get annoying especially in the second half of the novel the one that focuses not on the 1950 s dance craze but on the later decadence of a once macho man The mistreatment of women may be consistent with the period described but it weights uncomfortably on the modern reader There are numerous explicit sexual passages necessary in my opinion to underline the character types but liable to put stress on the susceptible readers Finally for a book that claims to be apolitical Hijuelos through the mouthpiece of Cesar Castillo unleashes uite vicious attacks on Castro and his revolutionaries going so far as to mourn for Batista and to reproduce verbatim several of the most egregious pieces of propaganda circulated by the CIA There are though enough highlights to make me glad I was patient and read through to the end of the book The novel weaves together fact and fiction so well that I had no way to tell which are the real musicians of the era and which are the fictional ones All of them feel alive ready to stand up and start blowing a trumpet or strumming a guitar take a turn around the dance floor in the arms of a sultry Latino beauty The very aboundance of the minute details of day to day life that slow down the pacing are the ones that make the experience authentic and memorable The cheap sentimentality and readiness for tears are proof that their hearts are not hardened cynical and closed to the possibility of love The night of the dance Delores was thinking about what her sister Ana Maria had told her Love is the sunlight of the soul water for the flowers of the heart and the sweet scented wind of the morning of life sentiments taken from corny boleros on the radio but maybe they were true no matter how cruel and stupid men can be Perhaps there ll be a man who ll be different and good to me I don t know if the famous bolero sung by Nestor and Cesar Castillo exists or not in one of the old mambo recordings but it echoes still in my mind almost two months after I finished the book and I know that I will listen carefully to the lyrics next time I put in one of my own Cuban CD s thinking of my own youthful disregard for the passage of time and my spendthrift atitude to friends and lovers Oh love s sadnessWhy did you come to meI was happy before youentered my heartHow can I hate youif I love you soI can t explain my tormentfor I don t know how to livewithout your love What delicious painlove has brought to mein the form of a womanMy torment and ecstasyMaria my lifeBeautiful Maria of my soul PS I know there is a movie version of the novel and I plan to find it I m glad I got to read the book first since I don t think you can condense all the rich material here in only a couple of hours of screen time Yet I also know of another Cuban movie that is constructed around the music and the 1950 s dance scene that did an excellent job with the subject and I heartily recommend it Fernando Trueba s animation feature Chico and Rita

  • Paperback
  • 560
  • The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
  • Oscar Hijuelos
  • Spanish
  • 04 July 2019
  • 9780060952143