Beautiful Maria of My Soul by Oscar Hijuelos

By Oscar Hijuelos

"Savor the mysterious strength of a master's pentimento." --Los Angeles Times

"It takes loads of nerve and talent to drag off anything as wealthy as Beautiful MarÍa of My Soul, yet pull it off Hijuelos does." --Cleveland undeniable Dealer

"I fell immediately in love with the wonderful soul of Beautiful María of My Soul. Hijuelos has created and taken to lifestyles cherished characters, a heart-stealing heroine and Havana in the course of an epoch of fixing fate." --Amy Tan, bestselling writer of The pleasure good fortune Club

In Beautiful María of My Soul, Oscar Hijuelos returns to the passionate story he begun two decades in the past in The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.

María is the nice Cuban good looks who stole musician Nestor Castillo's center and broke it, inspiring him to jot down the Mambo Kings' largest hit, "Beautiful María of My Soul.'" Now in her sixties and residing as an exile in Miami, María continues to be a good looks, nonetheless able to turning heads. yet whereas she left Cuba many years in the past, she hasn't ever forgotten Nestor. As she thinks again to her days--and nights--in Havana, a wholly new point of view at the Mambo Kings tale unfolds. Beautiful María of My Soul is a gorgeous act of reinvention, and one other modern vintage from an awfully proficient author.

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I have not yet learned, precisely, how to mix those attitudes. " Notes 1. Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, in The Complete Poetry and Prose of Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. John H. Fisher (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1977), p. 15. 2. See Thomas A. Kirby, "The General Prologue," in Companion to Chaucer Studies, ed. Beryl Rowland (New York: Oxford, 1968), pp. 20828, for a comprehensive review of scholarship on Chaucer as literary portrait painter. See also J. Burke Severs, "Chaucer's Clerks," in Chaucer and Middle English Studies in Honour of Rossel Hope Robbins, ed.

233. 28. Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass (London: Macmillan, 1904), pp. 11314. < previous page page_xxix next page > < previous page page_ii intentionally left blank next page > < previous page page_xxxi next page > Page xxxi Acknowledgments That these essays have become a book is due to the help and support of many people. The contributors of essays and other participants in the original conference are identified on the following page. The planning committee who devised the commissioning of these essays included, besides myself, Elmer Cole, Catherine Fowler, Robert Gorrell, William Jacobsen, Joanne Kimball, Mary Ellen McMullen, Wilbur Shepperson and Judith Winzeler.

11. See James Sledd, "The Clerk's Tale: The Monsters and the Critics," Modern Philology 51 (1953): 7382, for the major statement on this point. See also Delores W. Frese, "Chaucer's Clerk's Tale: The Monsters and the Critics Reconsidered," Chaucer Review 8 (1973): 13346. < previous page page_19 next page > < previous page page_20 next page > Page 20 The Root of the Matter Reflections on English Etymological Dictionaries William H. Jacobsen, Jr. My paper stands apart in being about etymologies and etymological dictionaries.

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