A Simple Habana Melody
It is 1947, and Israel Levis, a Cuban composer whose life had once been a dream of music, love, and sadness, returns to Cuba after being mistakenly imprisoned during the Nazi occupation of France.
When Levis arrives back in Habana, his mind returns to an unrequited romance with the alluring Rita Valladares, a singer for whom Levis had written his most famous song, "Rosas P...more
In the opening pages of “A Simple Habana Melody,” a musician returns home to Cuba in 1946 after having survived a German concentration camp. Israel Levis sees, smells, hears, and tastes all that he once loved on his beloved island, and this damaged soul begins to remember the world...more
P98: "...in her case it was with the composer of "Rosas Puras", Israel Levis himself, who, ever gentlemanly, to her disbelief, had always been too timidly disposed around her."
P143: "...in her case with the composer of "Rosas Puras", Israel Levis himself, who, to her disappointment, had always been too timidly inclined around her."
That is but one example out of many.
Yet, I did not think this book was boring an...more
Hijuelos was born in New York City, in Morningside Heights, Manhattan, to Cuban immigrant parents. He attended the Corpus Christi Schoo, public schools, and later attended Bronx Community College, Lehman College, and Manhattan Community College before matriculating into and s...more