Beautiful Maria of My Soul

Beautiful Maria of My Soul

Or the True Story of María García Y Cifuentes, the Lady Behind A Famous Song : A Novel

Book - 2010
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The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love is a Pulitzer Prize-winning contemporary American classic, a book that still captivates and inspires readers twenty years after its first publication. Now, in Beautiful Maria of My Soul, Oscar Hijuelos returns to this indelible story, to tell it from the point of view of its beloved heroine, Maria.

She's the great Cuban beauty who stole musician Nestor Castillo's heart and broke it, inspiring him to write the Mambo Kings' biggest hit, ''Beautiful Maria of My Soul.'' Now in her sixties and living in Miami with her pediatrician daughter, Teresa, Maria remains a beauty, still capable of turning heads. But she has never forgotten Nestor, and as she thinks back to her days--and nights--in Havana, an entirely new perspective on the Mambo Kings story unfolds.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2010.
ISBN: 9781401323349
Characteristics: 340 p. ;,25 cm.


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Feb 23, 2012

Hijuelos is a talented writer, who can bring a time and place to life. He has a talent for inventing interesting, multi-faceted characters, although sometimes I think 'okay, enough of the sex stuff already, it's getting boring'! All in all, it's still a very good read, but my favorite of his novels is "Mr. Ives' Christmas", a lesser-known work.

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