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Overall, I skipped a whole bunch of pages trying to get through this book.
Now, this literary treat is provided by Oscar Hijuelos, the Cuban-American author of the Nobel prize-winning, "The Mambo Kings Sing Songs of Love."
In the book, the sad story of Nestor, the writer of the song for his elusive love, the beautiful Maria of his soul, is complex and lyrical.
Having visited Cuba in July 2013 I looked forward to reading this book and was pleased to find it mentioned many of the places we had visited. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rita Lucey
I would have preferred to get the Spanish edition.
I have met women like this. You can't get them out
of your mind for the rest of your life.
The first half of the book went on forever about how beautiful Maria was. The second half of the book improved somewhat, but I would not recommend this book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Betty Fullard-Leo
A tale well told with music and color and dare I say passion. This copy is now in the hands of its third reader who has sworn an oath to return it.Published 12 months ago by Judyms
This was a really good book and especially interesting because it related to people I've known about and watched on television in the past.Published 17 months ago by Gramma
I haven't seen Mambo Kings, so Beautiful Maria was my introduction to the musical world of pre Castro Cuba. The novel was sexy and intimate, like reading from a forgotten diary. Read morePublished 18 months ago by R. McGee
Expert prose from master storyteller. Paints a beautiful picture of Cuba and lost love. Weaves in realism and happy-idh ending to boot.Published 22 months ago by Cathy Brown
While well written, I had trouble with the first half's explicitly spelled-out sex. A little goes a long way. Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by Helen A. Erickson