I remember a different English class at my school had students reading this book during 8th grade. I loved This Is How You Lose Her and Drown so I assumed this would be revelatory if it was good enough to be required reading, but I don't quite get the hype. It's good, but not astounding?
Also the narrator randomly switches to a southern drawl-y voice midway through the book as though he forgot which character or book this is and it's pretty irritating haha. But otherwise everything's great! Just not 5 stars great.
Tells about the legacy of the Trujillo dictatorship, the DR immigrant experience and loads of Spanish slang. The story I found to be lacking and ended weakly. Maybe comic book nerds like this story better. I can't see it being worthy of the Pulitzer.
first off, and this is no spoiler, this is a sad book. all of the characters lives steeped in tragedies and those shape their lives. the second, the performance is amazing, and third the writing is so heart wrenching ly good! my one and only complaint is that there is a fair amount Spanish in the story, and while beautifully performed, my rusty Spanish could not always keep up. had I been reading the book, I could have looked up the phrases.
Not sure this would be a book that I would read on my own. I read it as an assignment. It was not a bad book by any means just a lot of dark sometimes violent humor that is taken as everyday things. Author lessens the violent truth with linguistically vulgar (both cursing and sexual) humor. Not dreadful. Not outstanding.
I kept waiting for the story to grip me and to get excited about this book, but it never happened. It is possible that I didn't fully understand the book since you must understand a bit of Spanish to get through it. I believe some of the nuances of the story were lost on me during the Spanish portions which were not translated in the audiobook. Had I had a hard copy of this book I may have looked up the meanings of the words.
part time gourmet, full time nerd
The writer seems capable of painting a vivid picture and setting up the storytelling framework but I found the content vulgar and boring.
this is a tale is told in a way that makes the sad story an adventure of a lifetime. my favourite element was the storytelling, the use of expressions and dialect made the story feel familiar and real. I loved how it all plays out, our doomed protagonist truly is wondrous like the great tragedies of the Greeks.