Junot Díaz burst into the literary world with Drown, a collection of indelible stories that revealed a major new writer with the "eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet" (Newsweek). His eagerly awaited first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, arrived like a thunderclap, topping best-of-the-year lists and winning a host of major awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. Now Díaz turns his prodigious talent to the haunting, impossible power of love.
The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through - "the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying" - to try to mend what we've broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care. They teach us the catechism of affections: that the faithlessness of the fathers is visited upon the children; that what we do unto our exes is inevitably done in turn unto us; and that loving thy neighbor as thyself is a commandment more safely honored on platonic than erotic terms. Most of all, these stories remind us that the habit of passion always triumphs over experience, and that "love, when it hits us for real, has a half-life of forever."
©2012 Junot Díaz (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks
I generally do not like short stories. But I so very much loved Oscar Wao that I tried this one and was not disappointed. Diaz brings such a unique voice to the table in Junior--brash, bright, of the streets but literary, vulgar, introspective and charming. This is a book about people in a world very different than mine, who I wanted to meet and get to know. Only one of the stories fell a bit flat, interestingly the one told in a woman's voice.
I had read his previous book where we meet Yunior and I really enjoyed getting to know him better.
I liked the flow of the book but it feels like the character recalls his life but doesnt reflect on it. theres no connection to fallout of his tragedies. but its a great listen and very well written. Plus, you get to learn a lil espanol Dominicano style.
Surpassed my expectations. Most memorable moment when the couple buys their first home in Paterson. Junot Diaz did a great job as narrator. He also gave it the Dominican raised or born in America vibe. Great read.
Disjointed rambling and complaining! I wish I could give this negative stars. Also wish I could find the creator of "great books to listen to on a road trip" and punch them in the face! 5 hours of bullshit.
Always great to read along the text with an audio version of it by your side and this truly was a perfect companion. Glad he took the time and placed great care in his narrating as well!
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
His stories are so beautifully written they make you ache. His characters are painfully flawed and real and vibrant and wonderful. This story, like everything I have read by him was masterful.
The other reviewers are right, this is a book that you'd be better off reading than listening to. The author reads it like he's doing story time for children, it was hard to finish for me. Overall good book, the author should probably just stick to writing.
Junot Diaz stories are in unique first person accounts of modern life,love and death. His prose is visceral and brilliant, providing insight into the Dominican American experience in the Northeastern United States (New York and Boston), but more importantly the constant struggle of the human heart to satisfy both temporal and physical pleasures. Readers gain insight into all these aspects of life while at the same time being entertained by fascinating stories.
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