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 think Junot Diaz is a gifted writer, but I don't feel I was his target audience. I didn't like any of the characters and didn't feel badly when their relationships fell apart. ****SPOILER ALERT**** All of the men were cheaters, all of them. All but maybe one or two of the women were users. If this is Junot Diaz's reality, then I feel really badly for him. I guess it would make anyone cynical. I didn't enjoy it and couldn't recommend it to anyone.
I love audio books because they allow me to knit and read at the same time. Since this was narrated by the author, it ensured that the perspective of the author came through.
The most memorable for me is when Rafi works in the yarn store. He has absolutely nothing in common with any of the ladies there, however, he still insists on overcoming his illness.
Of course, Yunior was my favorite. However, I loved Rafi.
Yes it is.
This is a popular book right now, deservedly so. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
We don't usually get the inside scoop on what goes on in the mind of a "cheating" guy, how he justifies it and regrets it, how he deals with the challenges of his life -- upbringing, dying brother, and much more. I liked the linked story format -- we meet him at different times of his life, and we piece together how all of these experiences made him the person he is.
Fabulous performance. He brought his character to life with his reading, his accent, his idiosyncrasies.
A Cheater's Life Revealed
The author reads well and is interesting to listen to. As an author he should stick to a male point of view. There is some fairly graphic descriptions of sexual activity which are totally appropriate to the stories.
Yes, for a short listn
I loved his natural accent and it was easy to distinguish the variou characters.
So far the best narration among all audiobooks I have listened to!!
Cather of the Rye, Extremely Close Incredibly Loud
Amazing opening, amazing narration, feels like listening to an amazing life-stories while sitting down with friends.
Raw, Sad, Smart
no idea, but it left me with the same sad feeling as the Great Gatsby.
I like the way he talks. So raw and then he'll throw in a SAT word. Lots of fun.
I wouldn't do that.
I thought Junot Diaz did an incredible job narrating his book. I enjoyed reading about Dominican culture as seen through the eyes of different age groups and sexes.
I love short stories, but I don't think I have read anything that I could compare to this.
Loved the inclusion of Spanish/Dominican slang.
I love that the autor narrates this book, as he is capable of imprinting in his voice the emotions that he gave to his characters, therefore the experience becomes so intimate and enchanting.
While I very much enjoyed The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Diaz is at his best when working with the short story form. Like Drown, this is an outstanding book with connected but independent short stories. Diaz's voice is like no one else's, and he creates memorable, flawed, yet endearing characters. Many readers are hesitant to read collections of short stories, but This is How You Lose Her reads almost like a novel.
All things being equal, I prefer author-narrated audiobooks, though some authors shouldn't be allowed within twenty feet of a microphone. Diaz is the perfect narrator for his work, and his warm tone is perfect for describing the dialogue and actions of characters who are sometimes less than sympathetic.
This weird little story was not what I expected, but it completely captured my interest from the first pages. Junot Diaz has a disarming, genuine style that delivered a certain oomph to an already compelling storyline. I am impressed.
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