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Empress of the Splendid Season / Edition 1

Empress of the Splendid Season / Edition 1

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by Oscar Hijuelos

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ISBN-10: 0060928700

ISBN-13: 2900060928703

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Through four novels in the last decade, Oscar Hijuelos has produced a body of work that is without rival in contemporary literature, both in the lush, incantatory rhythms of his extraordinary prose and in his profound and heartfelt vision. In his transcendent new novel, Hijuelos tells the story of Lydia Espana, a beautiful and formerly prosperous

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Empress of the Splendid Season 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a multicultural reading group. I definitely enjoyed this book for it was rich in detail and insight into the human condition. It's refreshing to read a book with a hispanic, specifically cuban, perspective and I think any person from an ethnic background will relate to this book. It's a simple story about a cleaning woman and her ordinary lower-middle class life. The main critique I have of this book is sometimes I felt the book was specifically saying "look this is what it's like to grow up Hispanic and poor in New York City" like when the son gets arrested b/c he's with some rough characters, or we can't have anything expensive in our apartment b/c we can't afford security. Also I find it hard believing the main character would have had the intellectual capacity to understand exactly why the wealthy family she worships has succeeded so much in life despite her prominent family background in Cuba. But overall it's a great book. And I enjoy the Manhattan setting b/c I've enjoyed trips there. It is a long book and I can't say I entirely recommend it. Although I don't regret the time I spent reading it for a book group.
Guest More than 1 year ago
fans of hijuelos will not be disappointed with this wonderful novel