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The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by [Hijuelos, Oscar]
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Length: 416 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Inspired by their heroes Xavier Cugat and Desi Arnaz, brothers Cesar and Nestor Castillo come to New York City from Cuba in 1949 with designs on becoming mambo stars. Eventually they do--performing with Arnaz on "I Love Lucy" in 1955 and recording 78s with their own band, the Mambo Kings. In his second novel, Hijuelos traces the lives of the flashy, guitar-strumming Cesar and the timid, lovelorn Nestor as they cruise the East Coast club circuit in a flamingo-pink bus. Enriching the story are the brothers' friends and family members--all driven by their own private dreams. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990.

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The Mambo Kings are two brothers, Cesar and Nestor Castillo, Cuban-born musicians who immigrate to New York City in 1949. They form a band and enjoy modest success, their popularity peaking in 1956 with a guest appearance on the I Love Lucy show. PW lauded this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel: "Hijuelos's pure storytelling skills commission every incident with a life and breath of its own."
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  • File Size: 1578 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (November 14, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 14, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GP1THIE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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