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READ PDF ⛓ Empress of the Splendid Season ⛈ Oscar Hijuelos vividly brings to life the joys, desires, and disappointment of American life witnessed through the experience of a formerly prosperous Cuban migr named Lydia Espana now a cleaning woman in New York In magnetic prose, he juxtaposes Lydia s tale with the stories of her clients, contrasting her experiences with the secret lives of those for whom she works No one writes better of love or the pulse of a city, nor has any writer better captured the complexity inherent in the emigration experience how assimilation is at once the achievement of dreams, yet also a loss of the past Empress of the Splendid Season is Hijuelos at his masterful best, a novel filled with incantatory, rhythmic prose and rich in heartfelt vision The Kenneth Anderson Omnibus desires Chinas New Dawn and disappointment of American life witnessed through the experience of a formerly prosperous Cuban migr named Lydia Espana now a cleaning woman in New York In magnetic prose روز هزار ساعت دارد he juxtaposes Lydia s tale with the stories of her clients Judge Dredd contrasting her experiences with the secret lives of those for whom she works No one writes better of love or the pulse of a city Lo Zingarelli nor has any writer better captured the complexity inherent in the emigration experience how assimilation is at once the achievement of dreams Bordeaux Legends yet also a loss of the past Empress of the Splendid Season is Hijuelos at his masterful best Human Trial II a novel filled with incantatory World Directory Business Information Web Sites rhythmic prose and rich in heartfelt vision I d like to give this a 4.5 Hijuelos beautifully crafted novel that seems to ramble, but never leaves the crux of its story gives the reader a birds eye view of what it is to be a emigre in this case Cuban in the US And it isthan that, as it is novel that deeply probes its characters through the passage of their day, their inner thoughts and the stories they tell about others that people their life I am a fan of Latin American writers and Hijuelos is a star among them. I was enthralled with Hijuelos s upcoming release, Beautiful Maria of My Soul so when I ran across this in the library, I literally jumped up and down and made some gleeful noises However, Hijuelos s previous work, namely this particular novel, did not live up to my expectations Around page 125 or thereabouts I started wondering What is the plot What the heck is this about, really It s written somewhat like a biography about a fictional Cuban American maid, Lydia Lydia cleans rich peopl I was enthralled with Hijuelos s upcoming release, Beautiful Maria of My Soul so when I ran across this in the library, I literally jumped up and down and made some gleeful noises However, Hijuelos s previous work, namely this particular novel, did not live up to my expectations Around page 125 or thereabouts I started wondering What is the plot What the heck is this about, really It s written somewhat like a biography about a fictional Cuban American maid, Lydia Lydia cleans rich people s apartments and fantasizes about being like them She is always trying to be someone she is not or at least give them the impression that she is better than those around her Her husband has a bad heart Her daughter is sexually curious Beatles fan and her son has a near miss with a life of crime Basically, it is about a family living in the 1960s in New York That s it They just happen to be Cuban, but very little Cuban culture comes to light in any part of the novel BORING I stuck with it because I had no other book on my person today However, in the end, I did realize that there was a moral to the story Money doesn t necessarily mean happiness You can be poor and happy or rich and miserable or vise versa Hopefully, Lydia realizes that before it is too late Meh Too many short vignettes Not enough plot or flow Felt like I was always being distracted Wanted Moore Cuba, less Bronx. I am a huge fan of Oscar Hijuelos I love that he somehow accomplishes a Cuban rhythm that lies underneath his writing It is as if a Caribbean breeze softly wafts a bolero constantly as I read His novel Empress of the Spendid Season is no different that captivating melody pervades it And I was once again transported to the seductive world of Oscar Hijuelos That being said, this is my least favorite of the five books of his that I ve read This one has its charms and is certainly a worthwhil I am a huge fan of Oscar Hijuelos I love that he somehow accomplishes a Cuban rhythm that lies underneath his writing It is as if a Caribbean breeze softly wafts a bolero constantly as I read His novel Empress of the Spendid Season is no different that captivating melody pervades it And I was once again transported to the seductive world of Oscar Hijuelos That being said, this is my least favorite of the five books of his that I ve read This one has its charms and is certainly a worthwhile read, but I just didn t fall in love with it as I did with the others I think it is because it has very little plot, and while the episodes in the life of Cuban immigrant Lydia Espana are rich and satisfying, there is no linear development of her life and those around her That, however, is also the charm of the book, for Hijuelos seems to be interested in showing the simple life of a Cuban immigrant and how it is not much different from those of other cultures here in America Once again, the characters reside in that great melting pot New York City As with so many immigrants, Lydia is thrust into a world different from the life she led in Cuba, and she must sink or swim Early in the story, in order to support her family, she becomes a cleaning lady, a job that does not jibe with the privileged life she led in her home country This, too, is so indicative of many immigrants lives We ve heard of doctors in Vietnam who became day laborers when they came to the states, so Lydia s plight is quite believable And yet, she becomes a great housekeeper, one who is proud of her work and her clients She never lets her diminished circumstances get her down Her husband Raul, a dreamer, is the one who dubs her the Empress of the Splendid Season, and that title is both ironic and not Never does Lydia become anything approaching the American equivalent of an empress, but she never loses sight that she has worth and deserves respect She also is always striving for a better life and striving to make a better life for her two children So this is a story of perseverance, of gain, of the best choices made Hijuelos is a master craftsman, and though I deem this one of his lesser works, it is far better than the best of many authors