The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

Book - 1989
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Cesar and Nestor Castillo--two very different Cuban brothers--recall their heyday in 1950s New York, when they led an orchestra, were known as "the Mambo Kings," and appeared on the "I Love Lucy" show

McMillan Palgrave
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.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1989
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374201258
Characteristics: 407 p. ; 24 cm


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Oct 07, 2015

While I enjoyed the culture, I found this book overrated. Got very tired of all the gratuitous sex--blech.

tobeor Dec 15, 2012

How is it that the NYPL has only one copy of The Mambo Kings by the first Hispanic, Oscar Hijuelos, to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and that one copy cannot be lent? What have you done with the multi-million dollar contributions? Surely not promote books.

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