Definitely on my top 10. Fame does not last, however. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love is a 1989 novel by Oscar Hijuelos. A great book heading towards being a classic. He wrote eight novels which, have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. It is a beautiful book and I have returned to it several times and each time I am completely swept up emotionally by it.

The first Hispanic to win the award, Hijuelos' steamy book transports its readers back to a classy time when Mambo and its musicians were indeed Kings.
This book was so sexual. I guess there was a plot. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, + No Import Fees Deposit & $9.98 Shipping to Netherlands. Capable of the utmost generosity, but with a twisted macho core. The writing style itself is good (apart from a few egregious sexual descriptions such as "they were sitting out on a pier by the sea necking, the head of his penis weeping semen tears") but the plot and characterization is paper thin so far. It is the era of mambo, and the Castillo brothers, workers by day, become stars of the dance halls by night, where their orchestra plays the lush, sensuous, pulsing music that earns them the title of the Mambo Kings. And I enjoyed it. This is their moment of youth, exuberance, love, and freedom―a golden time that decades later is remembered with nostalgia and deep affection. From FSG Classics, a special twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Oscar Hijuelos's beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning novelIt's 1949 and two young Cuban musicians make their way from Havana to the grand stage of New York City. ‘Come on now let’s move along’ is what I kept thinking. Yes, yes, I have to agree. After reading a manuscript of Hijuelos's novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, Glimcher purchased the film rights in 1988, one year before the book was published. Banderas learned his lines phonetically and worked with a dialect coach during pre-production and filming. 1990
The writing style is truly innovative and the honesty in the writing is genuinely compelling. The reader is transported to another era with a realism that rings true. I say this because, it's more noticeable when segments are redundant & repetitive. The Mambo Kings is a 1992 French–American musical drama film based on the 1989 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos. [1][9] Although Warner Bros. loved Irons's screen test, Glimcher thought he was wrong for the part and insisted on Assante. I was watching for too many details, I guess. Something went wrong.

Scenes set in Mexico were shot on location in Westward Beach in Malibu. It is a is a wonderful period piece of the early 1950's, where night clubs had dance contests, men wore zoot suits, and women hoped that all the lace and garter belts and perfume would help them find the man to take care of them. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed.

If this is an accurate depiction of a time and place, it was an awful way to live, vapid lives spent in a drug and alcohol haze, obsession with recreational sex devoid of any real commitment, the complete objectification of women as sex objects or servants. It is with this sensuous imagery at hand that I selected Oscar Hijuelos' Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love as the next book in my ongoing Pulitzer challenge. Partly because I find the Latin music sub-culture of the 50s a fascinating topic and partly because I do think Hijuelos has a fine style of writing.

When his girlfriend no longer wants him that is it for him, life over. [39] The stage version featured Esai Morales and Jaime Camil as Cesar and Nestor Castillo, with supporting performers including Christiane Noll, David Alan Grier, Cote de Pablo, Albita and Justina Machado.