Thoughts Without Cigarettes: A Memoir

Thoughts Without Cigarettes: A Memoir

Oscar Hijuelos


The loved Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist turns his pen to the genuine humans and areas that experience encouraged his existence and, in flip, his literature. growing to be up in 1950's working-class long island urban to Cuban immigrants, Hijuelos trip to literary acclaim is the evolution of an not likely author.

Oscar Hijuelos has enchanted readers with brilliant characters who starvation for achievement, love, and self-acceptance. In his first paintings of nonfiction, Hijuelos writes from the center concerning the humans and locations that encouraged his foreign bestselling novels.

Born in Manhattan's Morningside Heights to Cuban immigrants in 1951, Hijuelos introduces readers to the colourful situations of his upbringing. The son of a Cuban lodge employee and exuberant poetry- writing mom, his tale, performed out opposed to the backdrop of a frequently prejudiced working-class local, takes on a good richer size whilst his dating to his kinfolk and tradition adjustments endlessly. in the course of a sojourn in pre-Castro Cuba along with his mom, he catches a sickness that sends him right into a Dickensian domestic for terminally sick teenagers. The yearlong remain estranges him from the very language and other people he had so enjoyed.

With a solid of characters whose tales are either humorous and tragic, Thoughts with out Cigarettes follows Hijuelos's next quest for his precise identification into maturity, via collage and beyond-a secret whose solution he ultimately discovers hidden away within the trappings of his fiction, and which reveals its so much wonderful expression in his best-known ebook, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. Illuminating the main surprising scenes from his novels, Thoughts with out Cigarettes finds the genuine tales and indelible stories that formed a literary genius.

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