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  • Title: This Is How You Lose Her
  • Author: Junot Díaz
  • ISBN: 9781594487361
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover s washing and thinks about his wife In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing foOn a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover s washing and thinks about his wife In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled 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 In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that the half life of love is forever.
    This Is How You Lose Her On a beach in the Dominican Republic a doomed relationship flounders In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey a woman does her lover s washing and thinks about his wife In Boston a man

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    1. This is a 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 knows 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 h [...]

    2. This is how you lost me You gave me flat characters powered by preoccupations with sex and body parts, especially bushy hair, peppered the prose with Spanish words that were often slangy or derogatory, and allowed superficial, albeit energetic, descriptions of shallow thoughtlessness to masquerade as gritty literary style.I 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 an [...]

    3. 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 famil [...]

    4. This is how you lose her True dat This is exactly how you lose me.I usually like to start my reviews rants with a quote, since this involved words such as bitches, n rs, sluts, in almost every single sentence, i think i ll just skip that part Not that there was worth quoting 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 inte [...]

    5. Rating 3.5 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, This Is How You Lose Her, is also comprised of short stories, but these revolve around the love life of Yunior, the character who surfaced in Drown and the author s breakout [...]

    6. 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 know, the stuff that makes life worth living.Taken 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 [...]

    7. 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 equaled 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 I know it s over As soon as you sta [...]

    8. 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 storyteller.As mentioned, this is a collection of short stories They all feature a young Dominican American man named Yunior, the narrativ [...]

    9. 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 different love stories, some unrequited, some failedme 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 happened [...]

    10. The straight reviewers meaning non GR have curled up and just about died of pure pleasure from reading this book, but I was not quite 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 know it s meticulous He keens over every word, and the words are good I dock [...]

    11. Junot Diaz has always been a favorite author of mine, ever since college when he came to the Latin American lit class I was taking in 98 By that time, I had already read Drown and was on my way to reading Negocios, the Spanish translation of Drown, expertly done by my lit professor, Mr Eduardo Lago even the colloquialisms and the SHUCO ness, the grit, the sarcasm, the naughtiness, came through, which I know, as an amateur translator myself, is supremely tough to accomplish.Diaz s language, dialo [...]

    12. a.k.a The Various Sexcapades of Yunior and Other Dominican Men.I can praise this I can even say that it shows you a accurate representation of what love is than a hell lot of books out there But I won t Yunior, so funny and eloquent in Oscar Wao, is only amusing at best here From start to end, it s just an unemotional, cold, and distant narration of who he fucked and who he cheated on and what he did to win them back only to lapse back into the habit like gamblers and alcoholics.There might be [...]

    13. Holy cannoli on a flying Popsicle stick I never got around to reading Oscar Wao mostly because I never got around to it and a little because I was concerned that I simply wouldn t be able to relate to a story about a nerdy teenage boy living in what Diaz himself describes as the ghetto But, I heard that it was good you know, in that Pulitzer winning way and then there was increased buzz around this latest collection of short stories Somehow, I was the first person on the library reserve list I c [...]

    14. 3.5 Stars This book is not for everyone The protagonist of the book is not a very easy guy to like He is a serial cheater And this book is a snapshot of times he spent with different women I read it all in one sitting because, strangely I felt attached to the guy right from page one I knew he was flawed and things he did were not the things any woman can forgive easily But I think all he needed was love The writing is rich in certain places but so subtle in others that as a reader you can t not [...]

    15. My friends sometimes ask me why I don t read contemporary fiction, and my reaction to this book is a good illustration of the reason On a purely superficial level, I don t like the style D az s prose is punchy and energetic but its energy reminds me of how CGI is abused in contemporary films an added dose of color and dazzle that attempts to make up for a lack of substance I felt as though he was constantly trying to maintain my attention, with a punchline, a striking image, a vulgarity, rather [...]

    16. I m a big fan of Junot I own all 3 of his books and love when he has a story featured in The New Yorker which is how I discovered him, many moons ago, in high school This Is How You Lose Her is another winner Diaz has a way with words, that much is certain Each story has it s own little gem and specialness to it This book is comprised of 9 short stories, most of them intertwined, linking the main character, Yunior, with his dealings with women, his dickhead brother, Rafa, who is arrogant and can [...]

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    18. I have to preface this review with the following I saw Junot D az at a sold out Inprint event in Houston earlier this fall where he was promoting This is How You Lose Her Anyone who has met D az in person will understand the significance of this statement D az is a bona fide firecracker and has a great sense of humor to boot He showed up on stage in tennis shoes and blue jeans and held the audience completely captive He was exceedingly liberal with his language, which, by the way, works its way [...]

    19. I hate to filter my response to book based upon others responses to a book, but after a National Book Award nomination, a Guggenheim, and the almost unseemly vocal adoration of seemingly every major reviewer, one comes to a book with certain expectations And in the case of this collection of nine short stories seven of which were published previously in periodicals that it took the author ten plus years to complete, the subjects of which are men who keep cheating on their girlfriends and feeling [...]

    20. All right, we get it, Junot Diaz You ve got a fun, energetic style, and we don t know any other Dominican writers, so you can keep writing about sucios and nos and we ll keep applauding because it ll seem culturally insensitive to say that, after three books largely focused on your thinly veiled alter ego, Yunior, it s time you tried something new.In his previous two works, Drown and the Pulitzer winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Yunior was a dorky outcast likely to read Lovecraft t [...]

    21. 1 Misogyny Women are just fucktoys Men are not loyal, never will be loyal, and women shouldn t expect them to be Men will cheat and fuck anything that moves until they die Just the way it is There s no such thing as a loyal husband or boyfriend.Women have no personalities or character traits Instead they are distinguished by their body parts, the one with the small breasts, the one with the wide hips, the one with the gigantic ass 2 The world is pain Everything is terrible There is no good in th [...]

    22. Twelve pages in and this amazing line, She s sensitive, too Takes to hurt the way water takes to paper I m so excited about how much I m going to love this book.

    23. I won this book from GoodReads as a free FirstReads giveaway This Is How You Lose Her by Junot DiazThis book is composed of several short stories with Yunior, a Dominican, as the main character The stories are related but not told in chronological order they go forward and backward in time There is a lot of Spanish in this book as well I understood some of it but not a lot I think most of the time I was lost somewhere in translation.The first story is about Yunior on vacation in Santo Domingo wi [...]

    24. I don t know what to sayWhat did I just read Why did I read this book What was the point of all this Was there a message I missed or was it just page after page of dudes Gettin laid Even though I hated Oscar Wao, at least there was some historical facts woven into its story line that made things interesting but this was just smut Diaz might be a good writer but his choice of words, his storyline, his endless catalog of tits and ass, it just gives me goosebumps, and no matter how much I read, I d [...]

    25. There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea You think about signs How it is so easy to miss them, misinterpret them, ignore them, spit in their face Is it about rebellion Is it trying to defy the inevitable If you ignore the whole nations, anguish, tossing part of the bible quote and focus on the selfish, defeatist, lovelorn Yunior and his tales of woe that is This is How You Lose Her, you know that [...]

    26. Voice, voice, voice What a treasure This slim volume of nine short stories, about the battlefield of love There s cheating And searching Being with one you don t want Yearning for the one you want Watching parents struggle with their own disappointments Several of the stories feature Yunior, a young Dominican man sometimes boy struggling to live up to male culture while at the same time trying to find what s true to himself while his brother Rafa is a pure heat seeking missile of sex Rafa s deat [...]

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