The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

3.68 avg rating
( 10,503 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780374201258: The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

It's 1949 and two young Cuban musicians make their way up from Havana to the big arena of New York, where they are workers by day, stars of dance halls by night. Hijuelos's marvelous portrait of the Castillo brothers, their families, their fellow musicians and lovers, their triumphs and tragedies, re-creates the sights and sounds of an era in music and an unsung moment in American life.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

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.

From the Back Cover:

It's 1949. It's the era of the mambo, and two young Cuban musicians make their way up from Havana to the grand stage of New York. The Castillo brothers, workers by day, become by night stars of the dance halls, where their orchestra plays the lush, sensuous, pulsing music that earns them the title of the Mambo Kings. This is their moment of youth -- a golden time that thirty years later will be remembered with nostalgia and deep affection. In The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, Oscar Hijuelos has created a rich and enthralling novel about passion and loss, memory and desire.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780374535834: The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love: A Novel

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0374535833 ISBN 13:  9780374535834
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
Softcover

9780060973278: The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

Harper..., 1990
Softcover

9780060955458: The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love: A Novel

HarpPe..., 2003
Softcover

9781401310028: The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

Hachet..., 2010
Softcover

9780060845308: Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, The tie-in

HarpPe..., 2005
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Hijuelos, Oscar
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1989)
ISBN 10: 0374201250 ISBN 13: 9780374201258
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110374201250

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 42.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Oscar Hijuelos
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1989)
ISBN 10: 0374201250 ISBN 13: 9780374201258
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1989. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0374201250

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 48.71
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Hijuelos, Oscar
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN 10: 0374201250 ISBN 13: 9780374201258
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0374201250 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0113441

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds