R the notion of offensive content is refreshing You ll either love his style or be repulsed by it There s no real middle ground This is how you lose her True dat This is exactly 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 in here 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 and i couldn t wait to dive into it It s a small book 200 pages or so 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 hate everything about it I couldn t read a single page without making that face you now No Here let me show youNot sure what Beyond the Mist 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 here and act like an expert on the subject All inow is i despised the main character and hated almost every women he 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 Phemes Regret kids And remember if you love yourself stay as far as possible from this book Nine interlinked short tales chronicling ruined relationships cheating death family and At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible irresistible Yunior a young hardhead whose longing for love is eualed only by his recklessness and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses artistic Alma the aging Miss Lora Magdalena who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters and the love of his life whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own And that s when Inow 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 his short stories fly by However I had a 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 I have only one thing in mind for people that use that heinous 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 handful of stories were capturing and different enough to eep 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 coming tale I grew uite over it Following Yunior from a teen to adulthood didn t up working in my favour since his character wasn t that intriguing to see developed over the course of a number of stories And neither his family nor his romantic partners ept me intrigued enough so I was disappointed with the second half of this collectionThis Is How You Lose Her is however a striking introduction to the author s immaculately curated writing style I m not sure however 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 This Is How You Lose Her just click on the below to go through my link I ll make a small commission Support creators you love Buy a Coffee for nat bookspoils with I had the honour of attending Junot Diaz s author talk late last month 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 was honestly struck by how emphatically he read his own stories even impressed that I remembered his 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 his work The main motif of the stories is cheating Other themes include immigration eeping families apart patriarchy racism and his work The main motif of the stories is cheating Other themes include immigration eeping families apart patriarchy racism and Why I love this book is that Diaz incorporates so many different style of language in it In the same paragraph he may use street slang Spanish expressions as well as erudite expressions The way 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 is his need to challenge simplistic Biscuits Bullets A Gettysburg Story knowledge in his books He says he s obsessed his word choice with patriarchy and by how masculinity interacts in society His stories also contain colourism issues and during his talk he talked about the prevalence of skin bleaching what he believed was a result of the power of eurocentrism and was something we despise talking about In his own words it s 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 out how to add photos to my review I will This is how you lost me You gave me flat characters powered by preoccupations with sex and body parts especially bushy hai. Ns one for each story that brilliantly capture the love haunted 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 aeepsake that fans will treasure and new readers will delight in discovering.
Junot Díaz ✓ 7 READ & DOWNLOADΟ ελληνικός εμφύλιος πόλεμος, 1943-1950 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 hard Had always been a papi chulo so of course he dove right back into the grip of his old suciasYes the authentic vibe and all that but it s spread on thick with a damned trowel just a bit It s a humble reader opining here what do Inow JD could slug me on the bean with his Pulizer any dayAnd three I have 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 The Probability Pad 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 has got some serious serious competition Alyssa Nutting George Saunders Frank Bill Jordan Harper and Donald Ray Pollock and by the way itind of bugs me that these writers Saunders excepted don t get none of the big yes Yes Yes litgasm of love JD gets he s good great even but so are these othersThis book is festooned with the ind of zingers which will put a smile on any reader s face In her 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 have themOr describing a depression Like someone flew a plane into your soulIn this collection JD gives us close up focus on Yunior his alter ego his ma his pa his doomed brother Rafa and their many girlfriends the area of investigation is male sexuality sub category heterosexual sub sub category Dominican sub sub sub category American Dominican In fact the focus is so close that everything else is very hazy in the stories about the grown up Yunior it s only mentioned in passing that he s an academic he 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 lot Rating 35 stars out of 5How does an author follow up a Pulitzer Prize winning novel For one thing you d hope that under no circumstances they would attempt to replicate the work Junot Diaz has come full circle and returned to his writing roots Like his debut collection of short stories Drown Diaz s third literary outing
Is How You Lose Her is also comprised of short stories but 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 Diaz has become nown for are also back for a second occasion Short story collections are usually 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 Markham Hall Series Bundle (Markham Hall, karmic justice Yunior has a bleeding heart girlfriend in Magdalena forgiving in attendance every Sunday for Spanish Mass super sensitive and according the author Takes to hurt the way water takes to paper Much to Yunior s chagrin Magda as she s affectionatelynown receives an anonymous letter from a girl Yunior Has Been Secretly Seeing has been secretly seeing her back The relationship between Yunior and Magda 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 her plump backside and ultimately betrayed by her philandering partner Yunior receives the brunt of Alma s ire for 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 anThis Is How You Lose Her is also comprised of short stories but
expanded treatment here we are given a cleartreatment Here we are given a clear into their family dynamics Due to her initial fears of not being able to conceive Yunior s mother regards her first offspring Rafa as a miracle child of sorts and following his birth he instantly becomes the apple of her 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 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 of his use of language His absolute disregard fo. 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” has crafted stunning full page illustratio. Released September 11 I heard a a lot of hype 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 differen 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 history and the geek references Instead we get to read about heartbreak infidelity remorse alienation and cancer You now the stuff that makes life worth livingTaken as a whole these powerful stories give us a history for Yunior as he grows up in Jersey as a Dominican immigrant dealing with his family and his tendency to cheat on the women in his life until one betrayal too many sends him into a downward spiral that seemingly lasts for yearsThe odd thing here is that I never felt that depressed or sad while reading It isn t that Diaz doesn t create sympathy for his characters He does and he does it often So even though the stories are pretty ugly on one level the writing flows so well that it never felt like I was stuck in a dark place even though they aren t exactly cheerful readsBelieve the hype This Is How You Lose Her is another blast of ingenious storytelling from the talented Junot Diaz In 1997 he walloped the literary landscape and established 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 did he finish 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 explore his trademark themes of 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 Through his 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 hold back with his oftentimes salacious details of love He navigates the perils of sex and relationships with complete honesty and openness He is a genius of language most notably with the peerless voice of Yunior Diaz s literary abilities allow him to employ a poetical style that places him in a league of his 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 hope Diaz continues to produce work in the decades ahead that resonates with the same uproarious energy for life as he does in This Is How You Lose Her I can hardly wait for his
Next Work This Iswork This is collection of short stories about Yunior Yunior is a louse All the men in his life are serial cheaters from his father to his brother to 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 nows this guy or has dated this clown He screws around on women and when he is caught and discarded there is great chest thumping and hair tearing and he learnsnothingMr Diaz provides imagery fireworks great use of language flying sentences created a real louse of a character Yunior who eeps you reading because well it s like watching a bad driver wreck his 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 he Mr Diaz on his website talks about his inability to create female characters he s male Had the writer gotten past this as many male writers
he coud opened up the story to a real look at this explosive topic The straight reviewers meaning non GR have 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 he d be Kate Bush He takes forever on his stuff It reads extremely fast goes down like alcopop but you now it s meticulous He eens 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 We can be feminist feminist struggle We can t be feminists I think Our privilege prevents us We can be feminist in some way And so the women ept 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. A must have 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.do he coud