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Beautiful Maria of My Soul by Oscar Hijuelos
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Feb 21, 2012

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I really wanted to love this and just didn't. I did enjoy the writing, but there was no plot at all. Maria is with this guy. And then she isn't. Then she's with another dude. And then not. Then she has a daughter. Etc etc. Also, have I mentioned she's beautiful? Because she's beautiful. SHE'S REALLY REALLY BEAUTIFUL. REALLY. But the writing and depictions of Cuba and specifically Havana were fantastic. I'm also very intrigued by the tie-in with Hijuelos' first book--I want to read it, but I'm afraid of disappointment.

Also, what the heck is up with the weird physical descriptions? I think Hijuelos might be an alien which would explain why he has little idea of what humans actually look like. Nestor's penis is as thick as Maria's wrist and as long as her forearm? No, dude, it's not. Sorry. Also that is not even hot. Not even a little bit. And Maria is 5'7'', 120lbs and too voluptuous to be in a beginner adult ballet class? Please stop, Oscar. You're embarrassing yourself.
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Cassandra Ramos You would probably like Mambo Kings better.


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