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The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love Paperback – Bargain Price, May 4, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
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
It was a tremendous book based on the trials of a sinful man. His experiences were very true to life taken in the proper prospectives.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I watched this movie when it first came out and fell in love with every aspect of it. Fast forward 20 years and I learn that it was originally a book. I had to read it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by rockygirl60617
Superb story written with an astonishing knowledge of the American English language. Two unforgettable characters, the Castillo Brothers, surrounded by the most famous Cuban and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hened Manzur-Soda
The Mambo Kings Pay Songs of Love is about the creative and destructive forces of love, in all its forms, for a culture - in a particular time and place - a family, and a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Miriam C. Jacobs
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 7 months 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 8 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 9 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 12 months ago by Adviser