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The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

OSCAR HIJUELOS

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux August 1989, 1989
ISBN 10: 0374201250 / ISBN 13: 9780374201258
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Title: The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux August 1989

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine (F)

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Very collectable condition. Appears unread, crisp, clean, bright and tight. Now protected with Durafold unattached to jacket. Near fine book/Near Fine Dust Jacket. BEAUTIFUL copy. Satisfaction guarantee. Novel takes place in New York where two young Cuban musicians arrive from Cuba, working at night in dance halls, where their orchestra earns them the title of Mambo Kings. Portrait of the Castillo brothers, their families, their fellow musicians and lovers, their tragedies and triumphs with a high point being when they are guest stars on the I LOVE LUCY show, playing with Desi Arnaz. Bookseller Inventory # 20090204104539

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Synopsis: 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.

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.

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