The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

By Oscar Hijuelos
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060955458, 464pp.)

Publication Date: January 2000

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback

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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 afection. In "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, "Oscar Hijuelos has created a rich and enthralling novel about passion and loss, memory and desire.



NPR
Monday, Oct 14, 2013

Novelist Oscar Hijuelos was the first Latino writer to win the prize for fiction, for his second novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. He died over the weekend at age 62. David Greene talks to author Gustavo Perez Firmat, who is a Columbia University professor and was a friend of Hijuelos. More at NPR.org

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