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Best compared to the author's novel Mambo Kings, in its focus on music, this one details the life of famous Cuban composer Israel Levis in the first half of the 20th century,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Scott Albin
I really enjoyed this book - the central character was very human, and his story was interwoven beautifully with the history of Cuban music.Published on March 30, 2013 by John Kell
It is a wonderful rare treat when an author keeps me anxiously, deliciously turning the pages. Page turners are usually associated with action or horror novels. Read morePublished on April 20, 2010 by J. Darrah
I like this novel much more than any other done by the author. At times its sloppy, at times its slow and plodding. Read morePublished on November 21, 2008 by J. Axtell
The "Simple Habana Melody" of the title of this book is a song and rumba called "Rosas Puras" (Pretty Roses) that the main character, a fictitous composer named Israel Levis,... Read morePublished on September 3, 2008 by Robin Friedman
Few American writers write with the elegance of Oscar Hijuelos, particularly in the realm of fiction. Read morePublished on September 14, 2007 by JackOfMostTrades
We read this novel for Book Club, and all agreed that it did not live up to the glowing reviews. The characters were flat and unbelievable, the plot contrived. Read morePublished on April 15, 2007 by Jane Clegg
I read "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love", and although I was impressed with the obvious writing skills of Hijuelos, I was also put off by the nearly brutal pervasiveness of its... Read morePublished on August 24, 2006 by C. Huston