very well narrated, good storyline, a glimpse into the life of people of the Dominican Republic. especially relevant in today's time when our country struggles with attitudes and policies towards immigrants
This book had great reviews and i tried for months to get into it, but I couldn't. Honestly i've never tried so hard to get into a book. I think it has potential but I kept getting bored and would have to restart. So sadly, I am returning this book.
learned a lot about Dominica history, kept my interest with honest language, people who you could know. Very funny just wanted less profanity.
the story is okay, hard to keep up with all of the Spanish words and ideas that are integrated into the story and the story itself is a bit confusing. it helped to listen to the story since this was for one of my classes and the narrators were great so if you need to read it i recommend listening to it.
I already resent the time I spent finishing this book, so I'll keep this short. I've never rooted for a main character to die before this novel. The sister's perspective was insightful, the historical backdrop was fascinating, but I hated the main character and I wanted him to die. His storyline and his dialogue felt like they came from a porno script, and he basically remains in stasis throughout the novel which made it boring to hear about him. I finished the book out of pure spite.
Say something about yourself!
This very well-written novel is not the kind I enjoy reading. To me, it had no redeeming value.
This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is well worth the read -- or listen. The only drawback for me what the narrator's unfamiliarity with the "nerdy" vocabulary that infuses the novel. You'd think someone would have helped him learn how to pronounce the names of Lord of the Rings characters or classic movie titles.
There's a LOT of explicit language in this book, so you might want headphones. Great but sad stories woven together about a Dominican family. Great book.