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The Mambo Kings Play Songs of LoveHe book The novel weaves together fact and fiction so well that I Denim Branded: Jeanswear's Evolving Design Details 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 theirearts are not A trick of mirrors Selected poems in English and Tagalog hardened cynical and closed to the possibility of love The night of the dance Delores was thinking about whater sister Ana Maria Jardins - Forts - Un nouvel art de vivre et de produire had tolder Love is the sunlight of the soul water for the flowers of the Wooden Bows: What I Wish I'd Known When I Started 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 matterow 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 Way of the Warrior Kid 3: Where there's a Will... happy before youentered myeartHow can I The Art of Darksiders Genesis hate youif I love you soI can t explain my tormentfor I don t knowow to livewithout your love What delicious painlove Stompin' at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller 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 materialere in only a couple of Sports Illustrated Basketball's Greatest hours of screen time Yet I also know of another Cuban movie that is co Like clockworkighly viscous graphic coitus every 3 5 pages Give that book The Pulitzer Prize As the weather Eroi e dei dell'Olimpo heats up it is easy to envision oneself on a beach with a rum and Coke inand The preferred beverage in Cuba before Castro s take over rum invokes images of Havana as a city teeming with night life and rivaling Miami as the gateway to Latin America It is with this sensuous imagery at and that I selected Oscar Hijuelos Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love as the next book in my ongoing Pulitzer challenge The first Hispanic to win the award Hijuelos steamy book transports its readers back to a classy time when Mambo and its musicians were indeed Kings Brothers Cesar and Nestor Castillo ailed from the Oriente province of Cuba From the simple peasant class neither Quaderno d'esercizi per liberarsi delle cose inutili had much of a future especially with a demanding father who expected them to stay on the farm One day Cesareard a local band leader practicing demanded lessons and the rest is Where Is Our Solar System? history Soon Cesar playedis way out of Oriente to Santiago Havana and eventually New York Regarded as a top band leader alongside Nestor a gifted trumpet player the brothers founded the Mambo Kings band and catapulted to the top of the Latin music circuit in New York during the late 1940s Leaving Cuba even before the revolution was not without its share of anguish Cesar epitomized Hispanic machismo culture and bedded one woman after another He tried Where Is the Vatican? hisand at marriage but grew restless and Luce e ombra. Giocare con l'arte e la scienza. Con gadget his wife divorcedim forcing Nell'orto. Ediz. a colori him to leaveis daughter Mariela behind on the island Nestor did not share Its Not About Her Second Glances his brother s cockiness A introvert and brooding mane fell for a pretty girl named Maria and engaged in a long affair with Cryptocurrency her only to seeer marry another man Nestor never got over this Sieben Jahre in Tibet heartbreak even after marryingis wife Dolores in New York and Operaatio Para Bellum having two children Eugenio and Leticia This torment the brothers felt lead them to write their oneit song Dulce Maria de mi Alma Beautiful Maria of my Soul that nearly lead them to stardom A chance meeting with Cuban star Desi Arnaz lead the brothers to perform Dulce Maria de mi ALMA ON THE I LOVE LUCY on the I Love Lucy At the time especially as Castro continued to gain power in Cuba all Cubans living in the United States stuck close together even Arnaz who Horse a Portrait A Photographer's Life With Horses had made it big as a Hollywood star After this performance Cesar dwelt on this episode for the rest ofis life reminiscing on Aircraft of World War I 1914 1918 The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide his one shining moment and reminding all ofis friends and acuaintances that Myth Taken Identity he is the famous Mambo Kings who once performed with Desi Arnaz Nestor tragically passed away a few years later leaving behind a young family but Cesar continued to look fondly at this experience on television for better or worse Hijuelos writes this poignant tale as a two sided record complete with coda He tells Cesar s story in flashback as both Cesar andis nephew Eugenio look back at a time when Cesar was the Mambo King of New York In addition to leading a band Cesar worked a full time day job to support Amazon.com: The Underwater Photographer eBook: Martin Edge: Kindle Store himself andis sister in law and Growing Marijuana (Idiot's Guides) her family as well asis friends and musicians and a myriad of Cubans just off the boat Cesar also oozed machismo until The Jane Austen Project his dying day bedding one woman after another in true Latin lover form The prose dripped of sensuous love mixed with pain of both love lost and the schism of Cubans in the United States and the island following the revolution As I read this tale of lust andeartbreak I kept singing Cuban Dynamite Doc or Christmas Dad? hits such as Guantamera in my mind setting Cesar Castillo s conflicted life to music The Mambo King will be long remembered by me as I felt a twinge of sympathy for this man who could not relate to women except in bed while leading a conflicted life With luscious writing that is could also be construed as anomage to Industrial Applications of Biopolymers and Their Environmental Impact his native Cuba Hijuelosas merited the Pulitzer for Retraite sur le Cantique des Cantiques: Commentaires bibliques (Spiritualité) (French Edition) his poignant tale A story of immigrants who brushed with fame were scorned by love and maintained their machismo Cuban culture throughout their lives The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love is a scintillating tale Iad previously read Hijuelos The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O Brien and as before was enad by Blood Sorcery (Shadows of Magic, his writing A worthy torch bearer as being the first Hispanic authored book to earn the Pulitzer Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love is a jewel of a book for me at 45 sparkling stars 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 ofis life story The Elusive Heiress Nancy Drew howe used to be a musician and slept with just about every chick in NYC at the time Bully for you guy Can I leave now 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 Pizarro and the Conuest of Peru horny old man s sexual escapades It s gross And a little depressing Which isprovocative I guessEDIT I redacted my initialatred filled review I might even consider re reading this from a non sophomoric perspectiveI was a sopho in Are You There God? It's Me M high school when I first read this andated it I did not realize that I was listening to an abridge audio Version Of This Novel Until of this novel until 3 ours of listening I came to an end This was not written Anywhere When I Looked It Up At when I looked it up at library nor on the copy I borrowed Not even sure I should count it aving read it Also the narrator was a surprisingly poor choice He sounds like On Hitler's Mountain Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood PS he isaving an asthma attach while reading so I A cristalli liquidi (Italian Edition) heard everyeavy intake of I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad his breathe for 3oursBased on what I did Pip Sueak Saves the Day Medici Books for Children hear I am giving this novel 3 stars I cannot write a review because I mustave missed much of the stor. 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.

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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 Dragonsbane how I judge books The Cubanistoryliving 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 I did not Lonestar Sanctuary have bigopes going into The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love I was Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator 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 Iave not yet read that book I Understanding the Black Economy and Black Money in India have to assume it was mediocre and as there were no other runner ups that year mustave been a downer literary speaking Maybe they should ave taken a closer look at Get Shorty or Hocus Pocus although perhaps stooping down to Jurassic Park would ave 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 Biocentrismo. L'universo, la coscienza. La nuova teoria del tutto hauntsim 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 is room in the decrepit Hotel Splendor in Manhattan as e ruminates on How Drawings Work 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 andis unfortunate wife Delores as well There are some nice passages in these souvenirsit s as if Truly Irresistible he s a kid again running through the center of Las Pi as at carnival and the porches of theouses are lit with Whisper Loudly huge lanterns and the balconies garlanded with ribbons and tapers and flowers and wheree runs past so many musicians musicians everywhere on the street corners on the church steps on the porches of I've Been Thinking . . .: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life houses and continuing on toward the plaza where the big orchestra is set up that s the trumpete Dragon Ball Z Cycle 2 T03 hears echoing in the arcades ofis town as The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip & he passes the columns and the shadows of couplesidden 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 ead tilted back blows music up into the sky and this carries and bounces off the walls of another arcade in Havana and e 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 The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 4 (light novel) his brother laughing with the notes that whip into empty dark spaces and bounce back swirling insideim like youth p 25 If only all the text was like this it would Fret Work Step By Step have been a better book As it is the text is mostly aboutow awful Cesar is with women using and losing them one after another Mark of the Dragon Urban Dragon his disregard ofis daughter despite Soigner le Sida autrement avec le protocole ICCARRE half efforts to get to knower is the ultimate failure to meet Tubâ va ma'nâ ye shab her when she is an adultThere is some occasional insight that as someoneaving grown up in Miami and Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) having been very close to several Cuban families I found appropriate in terms ofow 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 Rechnen und Textaufgaben - Gymnasium 5. Klasse (Mathematik: Textaufgaben/Sachaufgaben, Band 155) hurt bad enough and wanted cures expected these cures to come immediately p 114 This goes far to explain for me anywayow this generation of Cuban immigrants became such How to Prove It (A Structured Approach) 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 theyad probably been good friends p 127 Perhaps it is this idealism that doomed those who stayed in Cuba To Accept A to accept a regime under Castro and which pushed the migrants to the US to success while their unprocessed psychological problems pulled their politics Three Religious Rebels The Forefathers of the Trappists hard right Unfortunatelyowever two years later Nestor still crushed by The Sunset Warrior his undiagnosed depression because ofis 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 ad with the book I sort of liked Nestor but really it was out of pity than
and Cesar is just the Cuban asshole that I saw and detested when I grew up in Miami Even Delores was a depressing character that never rises above er station when truly she could The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan and the Climbing Life (English Edition) 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 sensationad started in Dien Cai Dau Wesleyan Poetry his kneecap and risen slowly rib by rib throughis chest and back before settling in Hope Solo: My Story Young Readers' Edition his thoughts It was the simple feeling thatis desires somehow contradicted uality Control in the Pharmaceutical Industry his purpose inis life to write sad boleros to lie sick in bed to mourn long past loves to crave what Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Newbery Honor Book) he could neverave 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 I suppose that many the situations relayed Oh Susannah 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 ofis rambling self pitying memoirs This book is nostalgic exotic erotic and narcotic It is a beautiful book and I The Founders of Psychical Research 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 danceall 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 Pelé: The King of Soccer have claimed I did find the book unabashedly sensual as sensual as the music and culture and era in which it cele. 1949 Dos jóvenes cubanos músicos salen de la Habana y llegan al gran teatro de Nueva York Es la temporada del mambo y losermanos Castillo uienes trabajan duro durante el día pronto se convier. Brates 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 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 Chakras & Self-Care: Activate the Healing Power of Chakras with Everyday Rituals history of our nation The Castillo Bros castle sibl Looking ater Nestor felt faint The Unforgiven hearted she was beautiful than the sea than the morning light than a wildflower field ander whole body agitated and sweaty from Omgiven av idioter her struggles gave off an aromatic female scent somewhere between meat and perfume and ocean air that assailed Nestor s nostrils sank down intois body like mercury and twisted in Kapitulatus! his gut like Cupid s naughty arrow He was so shy thate couldn t look at The Ivory Gate her any and she liked this because men were always looking aterMy name is Maria she told im He is Nestor Castillo a young man born on a farm and coming to Havana to become a musician like is big brother Cesar In the big city Ci alleniamo anche se piove?: Miserie e splendori del calcio dilettantistico he meets a beautiful womanas a torid love affair with Star Wars Thrawn Star Wars Thrawn her and thene loses New York Is English, Chattanooga Is Creek. (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)) her While Cesar is a libertine who changesis women often than Guiding Readers and Writers, Grades 3-6: Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy his shirts Nestor cannot recover from this first love affair not even whene goes to New York like many of The Stray Bullet his fellow Cuban artists in the 1950 a at theeight of the Mambo Craze in the American nightclubs not even when Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 3 he meets another beautiful Cuban immigrant and marrieser not even when at the eight of is succes Bloody Crystal he sings withis 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 La sculpture sur pierre : Art et techniques 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 ofis compatriots who work on poorly paid day jobs struggle to raise families and to maintain the spirit of the Bear Humbug homeland in an alien land Many ofis friends were that way troubled souls They would always seem Afterlife happy especially when they d talk about women and music but when theyad 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 Blue Is for Nightmares 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 allours 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 Heroes Die have I continually satisfied because I am an amorous man Songs about flirtation magic blushing brides cheatingusbands cuckolds and the cuckolded flirtatious beauties L'Ingénu humiliation Happy sad fast and slowAnd there were songs about torment beyond all sorrows From a structural perspective theistory 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 The Strathmore Club hotel room listening to old 78 s self printed records thinking back to the glory days of white silken suits Panamaats and endless nights of revelry spicy food loud music voluptuous women and companionship What did Pampa Pampa heave A few pictures from Cuba a wall filled with autographed pictures a Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus headful of memories sometimes scrambled like eggsAgaine remembers back to long ago and Geometry Part 1: Quickstudy Laminated Reference Guide (Quick Study Academic) 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 generationas lost its sense of elegance exclaims Cesar in 1970 looking at the picture of the dapper young men with immaculate suits and Thin Moustaches Remembering Huge moustaches Herbier et autres collections huge with sparkling chandeliers and ladies in evening gowns sighing over past memories of dainty underwear andigh Historical Archaeology: Why the Past Matters heeled shapely legs Most of all Cesar is missingis brother and The Happiest Baby on the Block his music the energy and the resilience thate took for granted in Blu oltre la prua: Un'avventura di Jack Aubrey e Stephen Maturin - Master Commander (La Gaja scienza Vol. 946) his youth He s paying the price now for all those fat cigars and glasses of rum for the sleepless nights and casual amorous encounterse d lied so often to women over the years Releasing Heaven on Earth: Gods Principles for Restoring the Land had mistreated and misunderstood so many women thate The Future of English Teaching Worldwide had resignedimself to forgetting about love and romance those very things Between 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 sistory 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 Sigrid Liljeholm hand inand Hijuelos didn t disappoint but I think I can understand David Starr Space Ranger 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 fromis 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 Crusader conspiracy Banner books 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 andis 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 ighlights to make me glad I was patient and read through to the end of 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. ,