Title Profile & Character Information

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

Annotation
It's 1949, the era of the mambo, and two young Cuban musicians make their way from Havana to New York. The Castillo brothers, workers by day, become, by night, stars of the dance halls, where their orchestra plays the sensuous, pulsing music that earns them the title of the Mambo Kings. This is a golden time that thirty years later will be remembered with deep affection. In The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, Oscar Hijuelos has created an enthralling novel about passion and loss, memory and desire. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Characters
NameCastillo, Nester
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsMusician
 Songwriter
 Musician
 Songwriter
TraitsCuban
Immigrant
Cuban
Immigrant

NameCastillo, Cesar
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsMusician
 Songwriter
 Musician
 Songwriter
TraitsCuban
Immigrant
Cuban
Immigrant

GenreDomestic
Fiction
Historical
Tragi-comedy
TopicsBrothers
Musicians
Cuban culture
Immigrants
Bands
Passion
Loss
Obsessive love
Family tragedy
Desire
Brothers
Musicians
Cuban culture
Immigrants
Bands
Passion
Loss
Obsessive love
Family tragedy
Desire
SettingNew York City
New York City
Urban
Urban