Near the top.
Junot Diaz's voice. His narrative. His perspective.
He made it "real".
This was an amazing, complicated, heart wrenching story. The author was was an incredible performer.
I am not sure who might enjoy this book?
This book is a waste of money.
I really enjoyed the fact that this was read by the author.
The characters, particularly Yunior, had such an authentic voice. He is flawed and relatable.
The scene where Elvis finds out that the son he thought was his, was not.
Mr. Diaz creates fascinating characters with strong voices. He is particularly adept at capturing heart wrenching emotions behind the heavy masks of his multidimensional characters.
a different reader!
my book club read the book, I listened to it. I believe they enjoyed the book more than I did because they were not distracted by the reader.
Yes, the author tells heartfelt and penitent tales of love and loss, and honestly depicts his role in each story.
The ending paragraph had me in tears.
A tone of integrity.
Having absolutely no knowledge of Spanish, had I known that a considerable amount of the book is sporadically in Spanish, I might not have purchased it. But I hope this doesn't keep people from listening, because the context in which the Spanish is inserted is written in a way that one can get the gist of what they are saying, and doesn't interfere with the story.
Listening to books makes my mundane tasks so much more palatable.
Junot Diaz's writing is extremely fresh, new, and immensely entertaining. Yunior, the recurring narrator throughout most of these stories, is a character unlike any other I've come across. The writing here, especially the Dominican street talk, is vivid.
While I liked the book overall, I gave the story itself only three stars. For me, the stories, detailing Yunior's romantic relationships, and the inevitable breakups, got a little repetitive. I really liked the stories about Yunior's childhood, the coldness of his father, the mother's obliviousness, and the stories of Rafa's (Yunior's brother) sad end. Yunior's chronic infidelities are interesting at first, but I eventually just got tired of hearing about them in almost every story. In one of the last stories, Yunior claims to have cheated on one long-time girlfriend over 50 times. At that point, the reader has read so much about cheating that it elicits only a shrug.
The writing is so good here. I just wish other characters would have had more voice, and that relationship issues other than infidelity would have figured into the stories.
I loved The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao and was looking forward to hearing this collection of related stories. I was so happy with the results. The collection is beautifully written and a bitter sweet description of his character's loves (or rather failures of love) and lives. The real treat was Diaz's performance of his stories. His narration provided the amazing experience of hearing the author words as he meant them.
I'm also a Central New Jersey guy and know almost all of the places where the stories took place. That also made it great.
I cannot recommend this collection of stories more.
This story is so well told that I travelled to the Dominican Republic;s history and felt what living there and then being an immigrant in the streets of New Jersey.... It was compelling, exciting, well written and a page turner... Thank you Junot!!
A culture I knew nothing of became real and alive for me
Definitely, there is very much to love and like in this wonderful audiobook from critically acclaimed author Junot Díaz who features also as the narrator giving the short stories of this book a unique perspective and a (very) personal touch. Add in the short bachata musical introductions (featuring Romeo Santos) to each of the chapters and you got yourself a masterpiece.
The book relies quite heavily in the use of Latino expressions, culture and symbols. Therefore, and audience not familiarized or interested in Latin American culture may not enjoy it as much as those who do. Moreover, some knowledge of the Spanish language, although not mandatory, is highly recommended for anyone interested in this audiobook.
The main argument of the (semi-autobiographical) of each tale is easy to follow and captivating (who hasn’t lost a soul mate once in a lifetime? Who hasn’t wrecked what otherwise seemed to be a promising relationship?). I found each of the stories to be interesting and some of them were very exciting.
Way to go Junot, I will definitely keep an eye out for your next book.