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
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.
If you're in the mood for effectively written, heart-wrenching contemporary stories that might well leave you feeling sad, this is the collection for you. Note, I listened to the audiobook version, which earns an extra star for the author's earnest narration efforts.
In perfect form, Junot Diaz relates to readers exactly how you lose her. We've all known guys like Junior. He is a sympathetic character who isn't perfect, isn't always nice, but who, through perfect storytelling, we come to love in spite of his flaws. Diaz as narrator adds the intended flavor to this masterpiece collection of shorts that is simply too good to miss.
"You must learn her.
You must know the reason why she is silent. You must trace her weakest spots. You must write to her. You must remind her that you are there. You must know how long it takes for her to give up. You must be there to hold her when she is about to.
You must love her because many have tried and failed. And she wants to know that she is worthy to be loved, that she is worthy to be kept.
And, this is how you keep her."
I read the reviews that were saying it was a sexist novel. Of course I didn't believe it because Junot Diaz is definitely is not a sexist. He talks about it and gives examples but how else to do bring up issues? By avoiding them? Seriously people, I don't know what you were thinking while writing this!
I was fascinated my metaphors he uses all over the book, you have to listen to this!
The book is filled with emotions. Great humor, overwhelming pain...
Also Junot is a great narrator!
funny, humane, stirring
It has a lot in common with Oscar Wao, though it's less narratively straightforward and traditional. It feels more personal.
He has a warm, handsome voice that brings a lot to the personal feeling of this audiobook.
I really loved this book. Junot Diaz is an excellent author and I can't wait for more by him, especially his own readings.
I loved Oscar Wao and have given it as a gift to friends and family so I had high hopes for this new book. I simply didn't get it, there was a lot of cursing which didn't bother me, the stories just seemed disconnected and lacking.
You won me.
When he actually says "this is how you lose her..."
His voice is so identifiable.
It made me laugh out loud many times. It made me sick. It made me feel like I was actually inside the mind of every bad boyfriend I had in NYc. And it made me love Diaz even more than I did after Oscar Wao.
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