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 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.
Hearing Junot read this is essential, i can't even imagine it any other way. His storytelling is superb and accessible, witty and full of heart and grief and real emotion.
Junot 's reading matches the quaility of the prose. Direct and honest, with that touch of feeling that is so masculine and heart breaking.
I I can’t but help think this is autobiographical .. Life is stranger than fiction and this is too strange and wonderful to not be true. Beautifully crafted “short stories” that interweave into one of the most heart stopping concluding paragraphs I’ve come across. Short and beautiful … thank you Junto Diaz.
A 17 year old hetrosexual male deeply versed in street slang.
Sounds nothing like a man that speaks in gutter-eez.
Not ONE....NOT ONE would I keep.
I'm not a prude.... but, geez!!!!! After a protaganist recounts, in trash talk, the second time about the smell of his hand after he stuck it up a girl's skirt and I'm done. I don't WANT to listen to more.
I COLLECT BOOKS; I READ BOOKS; I LISTEN TO BOOKS; I EAT BOOKS...
I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK
ALL OF THE CHARACTERS WERE MY FAVORITE
ALL OF THE SCENES WERE MY FAVORITE
IF I WERE TO MAKE A FILM OF THIS BOOK THE TAG LINE WOULD BE "UNA VAINA BUENA; PERO BIEN BUENA; BUENA BUENA BUENA"
CHECK THIS BOOK OUT NOW!!! HURRY UP!!!
The characters were not people I would want to know anything about. Pigs. I didn't find one redeeming thing about anyone in the book. A shame.
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