Junot Díaz ( Free ) This is How You Lose Her
A War of Witches hThis isow you lost me You gave me flat characters powered by preoccupations with sex and body parts especially bushy American Hipster hair peppered the prose with Spanish words that were often slangy or derogatory and allowed superficial albeit energetic descriptions of shallow thoughtlessness to masuerade as gritty literary styleI am puzzled as to why I feel so far off the general opinion of the literary pundits who widely praise this book I do wonder if it is because of my utter lack of exposure to any Spanish or Hispanic culture That differs markedly from the USA where varying degrees of Hispanic influence are ubiuitous and this in turn may inform an American reader s interpretation and reaction Perhaps I lack the cultural tools to appreciate itNonetheless I didn t like it These stories left me either cold or irritated usually the latter and they were not redeemed by insight poetic prose unusual characters or stories Iad the same response to Drown and The Solomon Complex hoped even expected that it was a one off but now I can say with certainty that I do not like Diaz s writing This Is How You Lose Her is another blast of ingenious storytelling from the talented Junot Diaz In 1997e walloped the literary landscape and established Filthy Rich his name as a meteoric presence with Drown a collection of gritty stories centering on Dominican American immigrants and culture Not until a decade later dide finish Heal the World his next work the acclaimed novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao which recounts in ecstatic prose the tragedies that befall a first generation Dominican American family With this collection of stories Diaz continues to exploreis trademark themes of Sanctuary hardship loss failure and resilience in the lives of Dominican American characters Each of the stories focuses on individuals confronting tough times and the conseuences of their choices especially in regards to love and relationships The central figure and narrator for several of the pieces is the incomparable Yunior His voice ranks among the most distinctive and inimitable in modern literature Throughis perspective Diaz gives us an uncensored glimpse into the lives of a community of men and women battling through the riotous terrain of love from both the emotional and carnal side Diaz does not My Holiday in North Korea hold back withis oftentimes salacious details of love He navigates the perils of sex and relationships with complete The American Tradition of Descent-Dissent honesty and openness He is a genius of language most notably with the peerless voice of Yunior Diaz s literary abilities allowim to employ a poetical style that places Light Years Selected Early Works 1969-1972 (A Dynamite book) him in a league ofis own His prose is like wildfire tearing through everything and leaving you unsettled With some of America s literary giants such as Morrison McCarthy and Doctorow now in the twilight of their careers I feel comfortable with Diaz blazing the trail for the next generation of great writers to follow We can only Legal Analysis (2012) hope Diaz continues to produce work in the decades ahead that resonates with the same uproarious energy for life ase does in This Is How You Lose Her I can If You Follow Me hardly wait foris next work Rating 35 stars out of 5How does an author follow up a Pulitzer Prize winning novel For one thing you d ope that under no circumstances they would attempt to replicate the work Junot Diaz as come full circle and returned to Everyman his writing roots Likeis debut collection of short Drown Diaz s third literary outing This Is How You Lose Her is Like The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) his collection of short stories Drown Diaz s third literary outing This Is How You Lose Her is comprised of short stories but these revolve around the love life of Yunior the character who surfaced in Drown and the author s breakout novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao This Is How can best be described as a spinoff The unapologetic use of the word nigger and the raw sexual references that Diazas become known for are also back for a second occasion Short story collections are usually A Cidade Das Trevas (Dean Koontzs Frankenstein, hit and miss You ll find yourself reading one story and be completely engrossed and not want it to end Then the next moment you ll uestion the very inclusion of another story This Is How follows this pattern The book begins with the story The Sun the Moon the Stars a tale of infidelity and karmic justice Yunioras a bleeding eart girlfriend in Magdalena forgiving in attendance every Sunday for Spanish Mass super sensitive and according the author Takes to urt the way water takes to paper Much to Yunior s chagrin Magda as she s affectionately known receives an anonymous letter from a girl Yunior Tarot for Magical Times has been secretly seeing behinder back The relationship between Yunior and girl Yunior as been secretly seeing behind er back The relationship between Yunior and subseuently takes a turn for the worse after this revelation Alma ends almost as soon as in begins Yunior is found to be a cheater by yet another girlfriend Alma summarized as a comic book reading alternatinas with a big Dominican ass The four page story despite its abbreviated length manages to paint a detailed portrait of a young academic minded Latina who s adored for the dimensions of Dangerous Heat her plump backside and ultimately betrayed byer philandering partner Yunior receives the brunt of Alma s ire for Birds, Beasts, and Bandits his acts of indiscretion Readers are introduced to Yunior s Cancer plagued and eually antagonistic older brother Rafa in the story Nilda The Pura Principle revists the plight of Yunior s sibling in an expanded treatment Here we are given a clear glimpse into their family dynamics Due toer initial fears of not being able to conceive Yunior s mother regards er first offspring Rafa as a miracle child of sorts and following is birth The Accidental Startup he instantly becomes the apple ofer eye However this maternal bond is now being threatened by each irrational decision of Rafa s while in the throes of the Big C namely The Man in the High Castle his choice to date Pura an opportunistic Dominican mother of two young children desperately seeking citizenship in AmericaIn the end it really doesn t matter what type of book Diaz decided to write as the follow up to The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao And despite the fact that This Is How is not a novel it will still draw unfair comparisons to its predecessor I m neither unimpressed nor blown away by This Is How It certainly deserves credit for its uniue construction Diaz is one of Caribbean literature s most fearless voices in terms ofis use of language His absolute disregard for the notion of offensive content is refreshing You ll either love Essays from the Visit of Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas to Heidelberg his style or be repu. A mustave collector's edition of Junot Díaz’s bestseller and National Book Award finalist brilliantly illustrated by celebrated comic artist Jaime HernandezA major New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award This Is How You Lose Her is Pulitzer Prize. ,
No Here let me show youNot sure what kind of audience this book targets but it definitely wasn t for me I m not very familiar with Dominican culture nor am i going to sit ere and act like an expert on the subject All i know is i despised the main character and In Darkest London hated almost every womene dated Everyone is ghetto AF If someone cheated on you why on earth would you ever give them a second chance Particularly someone like this guy I just don t get it I really don t LOATH THE WRITING Allow me to give you a sneak peek Later kids And remember if you love yourself stay as far as possible from this book I Naturalistless had theonour of attending Junot Diaz s author talk late last month The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler here in Vancouver He was reading excerpts from the first three of the short stories in this book The Sun The Moon The Stars Nilda and Alma I wasonestly struck by Babys Mealtime how emphaticallye read The Miracle Equation his own stories even impressed that I rememberedis cadences He is a gifted orator as well as a storytellerAs mentioned this is a collection of short stories They all feature a young Dominican American man named Yunior the narrative persona Diaz uses in most of The Dawn of Modern Thought his work The main motif of the stories is cheating Other themes include immigration keeping families apart patriarchy racism and colourism Why I love this book is that Diaz incorporates so many different style of language in it In the same paragraphe may use street slang Spanish expressions as well as erudite expressions The way The Infamous Ellen James (Infamous, he organizes it is witty and very timely I burst out laughing than once while reading the storiesWhy I admire Diaz so much as an author isis need to challenge simplistic knowledge in Samael Aun Weor, The Absolute Man his books He sayse s obsessed Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe (Halcyon Blithe, his word choice with patriarchy and byow masculinity interacts in society His stories also contain colourism issues and during Satria dari Negeri Tayli 1-28 his talke talked about the prevalence of skin bleaching what Goethean Science he believed was a result of the power of eurocentrism and was something we despise talking about Inis own words it s Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets! hidden that Sauron and Voldermot Just a disclaimer there are a lot of swear words racial epithets and relatively graphic sexual references in this bookIf I can figure outow to add photos to my review I will Junot Diaz brings back Yunior from The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao as the narrator for most of the stories but leaves out the Dominican Digital Crossroads history and the geek references Instead we get to read abouteartbreak infidelity remorse alienation and cancer You know the stuff tha The straight reviewers meaning non GR ave curled up and just about died of pure pleasure from reading this book but I was not uite so jaw on the floor for me it was a little bit Junot Diaz s difficult third album 1996 2007 2012 three books not big ones either in 15 years If Junot Diaz was a singer songwriter e d be Kate Bush He takes forever on is stuff It reads extremely fast goes down like alcopop but you know it s meticulous He keens over every word and the words are good I dock a star for three reasons First it s a stifling book We re up close and breathing the frowsy sweat of the unloveliest parts of male macho attitude in all of these stories every one I found a uote from Diaz The uestion was always for someone like me What is the role of a male artist in the feminist struggle We can t be feminists I Think Our Privilege Prevents Us Our privilege prevents us can be feminist aligned in some way And so the women kept saying to us dudes the best thing you can do is draw maps of masculine privilege You can go places we can t Draw maps so when we drop the bombs they land accurateSo you can see these stories as accurate maps for the feminists but cher professor do they need any maps Those feminists ave How to Negotiate Your First Job had plenty to go on all the way from Henry Miller to Brett Easton Ellis theirard drives are crammed with gigabytes of misogynism ain t no need for no I thinks On the other and you ave to write what you know That is soSecond and this is just me the Anglo Monolingual Saxon speaking I found the many sentences like this a bit uestionable Dude was figureando Perfect Justice (Ben Kencaid, hard Had always been a papi chulo so of coursee dove right back into the grip of The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore his old suciasYes the authentic vibe and all that but it s spread on thick with a damned trowel just a bit It s aumble reader opining Suggestions for Marketing Small Timber here what do I know JD could slug me on the bean withis Pulizer any dayAnd three I ave a personal beef with second person narration you do this you say that which is employed way too much although once is way too much for me Why don t I like it Because I keep snapping at the story stop telling me what to do all the time This is turning into My Year of Great American Short Story Collections so JD as got some serious serious competition Alyssa Nutting George Saunders Frank Bill Jordan Harper and Donald Ray Pollock and by the way it kind of bugs me that these writers Saunders excepted don t get none of the big yes Yes Yes litgasm of love JD gets The Shaping of Western Civilization he s good great even but so are these othersThis book is festooned with the kind of zingers which will put a smile on any reader s face Iner mind a woman with no child could only be explained by vast untrammelled calamity Maybe she just doesn t like children Nobody likes children your mother assured you That doesn t mean you don t ave themOr describing a depression Like someone flew a plane into your soulIn this collection JD gives us close up focus on Yunior is alter ego
His Ma His Pa His ma The Ecology, Exploitation and Conservation of River Turtles his pais brother Rafa and their many girlfriends The Area Of Investigation area of investigation male sexuality sub category Medicine and Religion heterosexual sub sub category Dominican sub sub sub category American Dominican In fact the focus is so close that everything else is veryazy in the stories about the grown up Yunior it s only mentioned in passing that The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, he s an academice seems to transform from ghetto boy to professor without any intervening stages like Clark Kent nipping into the phone box Well it s not an autobiography But it does seem to be semi autobiographical everyone says so and therefore I wonder wonder wonder about the last story The Cheater s Guide to Love even if only faintly factual it boggles my brain could you really spoilery spoilery and your inamorata be completely ignorant about it So many for so long And yet she went to Harvard If so what does that say for the rest of us Answer not a lo. Ns one for each story that brilliantly capture the love aunted spirit of the book and of the gutsy women whom irrepressible irresistible Yunior loves and loses A true work of art inside and out this is a keepsake that fans will treasure and new readers will delight in discovering. .
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Lsed by it There s no real middle ground Nine interlinked short tales chronicling ruined relationships cheating death family and At the eart of these stories is the irrepressible irresistible Yunior a young ardhead whose longing for love is eualed only by is recklessness and by the extraordinary women Shunned he loves and loses artistic Alma the aging Miss Lora Magdalena who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters and the love ofis life whose Craving (Willow Creek, heartbreak ultimately becomesis own And that s when I know it s over As soon as you start thinking about the beginning it s the end This being my first read by Junot Diaz I was in for a pleasant surprise regarding the writing and the tempo of each tale The author specializes in making Oba, the Last Samurai his short stories fly by However Iad a Yonen Buzz, Volume 1 (Yonen Buzz, hard time reading most of these tales of cheating and feeling literally zero remorse for it And even going so far as to say that it was just a mistake Iave only one thing in mind for people that use that einous excuse And I just wish the women in this collection could ve listened to Dua Lipa s New Rules SourceSide note on the above song I recently discovered this feminist girl power bop and I m completely digging it It s been on repeat for days now Not only is the aesthetic on point in the music video those color coordinations but Dua Lipa s singing voice is one not to be trifled withCircling back to the actual story collection While the first andful of stories were capturing and different enough to keep me interested once the narrator became the same one for each coming tale I grew uite over it Following Yunior from a teen to adulthood didn t end up working in my favour since The Wood Demon his character wasn t that intriguing to see developed over the course of a number of stories And neitheris family nor First Shapes his romantic partners kept me intrigued enough so I was disappointed with the secondalf of this collectionThis Is How You Lose Her is Dispatches from Dystopia however a striking introduction to the author s immaculately curated writing style I m not sureowever if I ll be eager to check out Junot Diaz s other books in the near future Mainly because the short stories left me extremely underwhelmed with the characters as a whole So only time will tell on this one255 stars Note I m an Affiliate If you re interested in buying This Is How You Lose Her just click on the image below to go through my link I ll make a small commission Support creators you love Buy a Coffee for nat bookspoils with Released September 11 I Max and the Tom Cats (More Bob Books for Young Readers, Set II, Book 8) heard a a lot ofype for this book by Junot Diaz I wanted to see what is all the fuss about Why did this jump to the top of the NY Bestseller List I think I can tell you In my best bookish librarian voice the writing is raw Eye opening It shifts between several different love stories some unreuited some failedsome still standing I felt as if the narrator was sitting with me on the stoop of some NY slum telling me about this girlfriend Or this story that just Ancient World happened last week at school orow their Fighter heart is broken The narrators confide in you shock you and involve you in each of their stories It s a close up look at Dominican life in New York and some of the stories wereeart wrenching The relationships poverty the racism but it didn t address these topics in a Събрани разкази, Том 5 high schoolistory class kinda way Was this the best book I ve read this year No Was it fantastic writing choice prose Yes Could I recommend it to everyone No Sexual content and LANGUAGE MAKE THIS A VERY GRITTY make this a very gritty I found it to be compelling and eye opening but it s not for your conservative book club I looked up a review when I finished because I was a bit puzzled as to what my take away was love is depressing life is a B stay in your The Real James Herriot home country America doesn tave the answers and this one was great Take a peek at it if you want some crafty real writing that makes you say How did Diaz make me feel like I was in the room with Waterloo (Sharpe, him Can I write characters that real 375 out of 5 starsSee my other reviews at eatpaintreadblogspotcom This is a collection of short stories about Yunior Yunior is a louse All the men inis life are serial cheaters from Cinderella his father tois brother to คนรวมวิญญาณ 1 โรงเรียนติววิญญาณ his best friend Yes there is a pitch that this is part of the Dominican Culture but frankly I can speak with women friends of mine from France Spain Italy Russia Germany and England and every single one of them knows this guy oras dated this clown He screws around on women and when e is caught and discarded there is great chest thumping and air tearing and e learnsnothingMr Diaz provides imagery fireworks great use of language flying sentences created a real louse of a character Yunior who keeps you reading because well it s like watching a bad driver wreck is same car in the same way 5 or six timesMy big problem with this book is that is left me unmoved and oddly unfeeling considering the subject matter Took me a while to figure it outThere is not one fully drawn women character in any of these stories In fact there is one story that took me until page six to figure out it was supposed to be a female character The women are merely devices to allow Yunior to react to something Even Lionboy (Lionboy Trilogy, he Mr Diaz onis website talks about Halt v nebezpečí (Hraničářův učeň, his inability to create female characterse s male Had the writer gotten past this as many male writers do Miss Emily he coudave opened up the story to a real look at this explosive topic This is Phoenix (Black City, how you loseer True dat This is exactly What The Queen Wills (Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales how you lose meI usually like to start my reviews rants with a uote since this involved words such as bitches nrs sluts in almost every single sentence i think i ll just skip that part Not that there was worth uoting anything inere anyway Here is the thing i get tremendously excited when my real life friends recommend me a book especially if it s a guy friend No no i am not sexist by any means i just like seeing what men find interesting in fiction when they aren t babbling about Star Wars My Great Friend William Lend Me His Copy Wars My great friend William lend me is copy i couldn t wait to dive into it It s
A SMALL BOOK 200 PAGES ORsmall book 200 pages or Mind you i read HP and Goblet of Fire in less than two days so this looked like a piece of cake to me BOY OH BOY Was i wrong or was i fucking wrong Reading this was a struggle I ate everything about it I couldn t read a single page without making that face you know. Winner Junot Díaz’s celebration of love in all its facets obsessive love illicit love fading love maternal love For this gorgeous new edition Jaime Hernandez deemed “one of the twentieth century’s most significant comic creators” Saul Bellow has crafted stunning full page illustratio.