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The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love Paperback – Bargain Price, May 4, 2010
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My teacher was right. Keep an open mind while reading this, or any, book. But, don't deny yourself the luxury of reading such a wonderful book!
The story while full of colorful epsiodes is ultimately tragic as the brothers age and life takes it's toll on each of them in very different ways.
Hijuelos uses sexual imagery and descriptions of food to create a steamy intensity to the story with great effect. That said the lurid sexual descriptions cited by many other reviewers may turn off some readers. While I was enjoying the book enough to overlook this, there are times when he does rely too much on this device and the novel starts to feel like a guilty pleasure. If you are OK with that type of writing then there are rewards to be had in the characterizations and plot. If you cannot stomach the hard-core sexual references that are integral to this book then stay away and try one of his other novels.
It was such a bittersweet book, such an undercurrence of sadness and loss. It was essentially, a lament to old age and wasted youth. The detail is incredible, the emotions very real. It effectively captures the horrible sinking inevitability of death.
Hijelo's characters are wild, if not dislikable. This is perhaps the finest point of the piece; the characters are utterly human and terribly flawed.
Cesor's incredible libedo is at the forefront of the work, and there is a sense of humidity, sweat and the smells of sex that pervade the work. Hijelo should be admired for being able to conjuer up such senses. I found it a sensual read, however I disagree with many who describe the sex as sensual. It seemed very coarse, but this is not a criticism, it served its coarse purposes.
The only criticism I have is the distracting nature of many of the sex scenes. The sheer amount of them seemed somewhat unnecessary, however, they began to fade once Cesar aged.
Over all, innovative and superb.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had seen the film, which I loved, and reading the book was a trip back to the days when the Cubans were arriving in the USA.Published 1 month ago by David Thorn
The story reminded me of a book Gabriel Garcia may have written. It was a great read and filled me with emotion. It's sad so don't read if you get highly attached to characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James Conners
Hugely interesting review of changing New York City, Hispanic immigrants, and its music scene. Might appeal to impure interests -- you have heard of Latin lovers.Published 3 months ago by Gloria Hille
I have read very few Pulitzer Prize winning novels that I truly did not like, but this is one. This story of two brothers who come to the United States from Cuba to make their... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Adviser
can't remember which person the story was written. I couldn't put it down once I started it. If you loved the movie, you will love the book which is filled with much more back... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jo Jo
A fascinating blend of fact and fiction. Despite the macho take on male sexuality which was occasionally off putting, the sex scenes were passionately written and erotic. Read morePublished 8 months ago by electricblue201
Great novel that reads like an intimate documentary of life as a Cuban immigrant musician in NYC in the 40s and 50s. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer