Picks and Pans Review: The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
updated 12/25/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/25/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST
So evocative you can hear the congas and smell the garlic, Hijuelos's rich novel follows a Cuban band to New York City in the late '40s and '50s. The Mambo Kings are more ambitious than talented, which is hardly true of Hijuelos—and this is a very ambitious novel.