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Author: Junot Díaz
ISBN13: 978-1611761108
Title: This Is How You Lose Her
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Language: English
Category: Short Stories and Anthologies
Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (September 11, 2012)

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz

Home Junot Díaz This Is How You Lose Her. Home. This is how you lose her, . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14. JUNOT DÍAZ. RIVERHEAD BOOKS a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. New York 2012. No part of this book may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without permission.

This Is How You Lose Her is the second collection of short stories by Junot Díaz. This story was included in The Best American Short Stories 1999.

Junot Díaz’s new collection of stories features a familiar character, Yunior, and themes of family history, cultural mores and romantic infidelity. His new collection, This Is How You Lose Her, can stand on its own, but fans will be glad to hear that it brings back Yunior, who narrated several of the stories in Díaz’s first collection, Drown, as well as parts of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Yunior is a gorgeously full-blown character - half the time you want to comfort him, the other half you want to kick him in the pants - and at this point it just seems lame not to refer to him as Díaz’s alter ego, so conspicuously do their biographies overlap.

Oreallym8 says: It was pretty interesting - the perspective of a dude who has been heavily influenced by corrupt male figures in his life, but chooses to view himself as a genuinely okay person nse that he knows who he wants to be, but has trouble getting there. He's emotional, but apathetic about his bad decisions. I somehow empathized for him right from the start. MoreLess Show More Show Less.

Q: What do Junot Díaz's three books have in common? A: Yunior, the flamboyantly unfaithful Dominican narrator who talks a streetwise American-English studded with Spanish slang. This repetition is a brave gambit with an enormous payoff. In Drown (short stories, 1996), Yunior's voice was not quite fully formed. In Díaz, there are always other stories taking place away from the main narrative. Yunior is centre stage in This Is How You Lose Her: although his brother, Rafa, has cancer, his primary concern is his own life and heartbreaks. Díaz's great achievement is to remain true to the helpless solipsism that possesses all of us most of the time, while allowing the reader to see those other stories on the periphery of Yunior's purview.

Junot Diaz has come full circle and returned to his writing roots can best be described as a spinoff. I'll make a small commission! Support creators you love. The way he organizes it is witty and very timely; I burst out laughing more than once while reading the stories.

I really liked Diaz’ previous book, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Incredible writing, great character, compelling story, etc. This one still has Diaz’ unique writing style and even brings back one of the characters from Oscar Wao, and ye.  . She’s a Bergenline original: short with a big mouth and big hips and dark curly hair you could lose a hand in. Her father’s a baker, her mother sells kid’s clothes door to door. She might be nobody’s pendeja but she’s also a forgiving soul. Dragged me into church every Sunday for Spanish Mass, and when one of her relatives is sick, especially the ones in Cuba, she writes letters to some nuns in Pennsylvania, asks the sisters to pray for her family.

Díaz says that he was never encouraged as a young boy by the culture around him to see women as fully human.

RIVERHEAD BOOKS a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Published by the Penguin Group. I ask her what the hell she thinks this is and she says, That’s what I’m trying to figure out. I know what she was doing. Making me aware of my precarious position in her life. Like I was not aware. Hot white clouds stranded in the sky, cars being washed down with hoses, music allowed outside. Everybody getting ready for summer, even us.

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.” “Díaz delivers a winning performance; his narration is clear, nuanced, and true to the text, his voice as engaging and confident as that of any professional narrator. Díaz’s reading ably captures the emotional states of his characters, his voice conveying all the humor, sorrow, and anger of the prose. Additionally, he lends his characters a host of subtle accents and dialects—each one distinct and appropriate to their background. This is a must listen.” - Publishers Weekly
Reviews: 7
This was my first foray into Junot Diaz and it was as painful as the title suggests. It's also pretty self referential which also stings.

Junior's relationships with the women in his life is a giant billboard for how people get trapped in the grooves and struggle to change in spite of their desire to do so. There's also an element of the external witness who sees Yunior's train coming vs. the internal Yunior who wanders along looking only at the tracks. He's always surprised each time he gets hit.

I really loved reading this book. There are some really funny laugh out loud moments and quite a lot of times I was sucking air through my teeth hoping for a different outcome and knowing it wouldn't change.

The book is also beautifully crafted with sharp, sharp descriptive and beautiful images of the world Yunior inhabits. I especially loved the descriptions of the women in Yuniors' life but all of the other characters, in particular his brother, are alive with depth.

I struggled with the Spanish along the way and ended up using google translate on my phone to read my iPad which worked well. Understanding the Spanish added a lot so I recommend taking the time to do that.

I'm looking forward to reading more Junot Diaz. Thank you as always to my friend for the recommendation. <3
This novel was AMAZING!! The author did a great job of creating Yunior as a very likeable, but troubled character. Through writing techniques, such as changing the point of view each chapter, readers are able to understand each character personally and also how each character views one another. For me, however, while most of the time I liked the switches in perspective, it a lot of the time wasn’t clear who was speaking until the end of the chapter. I think the author should have clarified when the speaker changed and to who it changed to, then it wouldn’t have caused as much confusion for me. He might have been doing that on purpose, so you had to figure out who was talking and their relations to the other characters, but I personally did not know who was speaking in many of the chapters. The ongoing conflict in the book that Yunior, his brother, and his dad having relationship and commitment issues helps to shape the theme that relationships require hard work and more than just love in order to be successful. This is very well exhibited in the last chapter, “The Cheater’s Guide to Love,” when Yunior is head over heels for a girl and then cheats on her anyways despite his love for her. The author also uses an interesting diction choice of mixing of spanish and english throughout the book to portray the importance of background, culture, and the immense role that it plays in the characters lives. Having a spanish to english dictionary nearby is definitely a must when reading because the spanish words pop up during significant moments in the book, which again emphasizes the thematic topic of cultural importance. A symbol that is brought up throughout the book is snow. Snow is mostly mentioned when Yunior is a young boy and is wanting to go play in the snow, and his dad won’t let him. I believe the repetition of snow throughout the novel is to represent wanting something they can’t have. Wanting things the characters don’t have and not being content with what they do have is another major theme. Although this theme is mostly related to relationships and heartbreak, it is also portrayed when talking about the hardships, but also the benefits of moving to the United States. Diaz also uses a very unique syntax technique of not putting in any quotation marks. I loved this so much when I was reading because at times I wasn’t sure whether the characters were speaking out loud or if it was the thoughts in their head. I think this gave me a chance as a reader to interpret some actions and made me wonder and think about what was happening much more. Overall, it was an amazing book with a riveting plot and great, compelling descriptive language that made it impossible to put down.
This book has a wrap around which explicates the three short stories in the center. Diaz’s writing style remains enticingly conversational. You feel like you are listening to someone’s personal story, but as a reader it is not a character you really want to embody. His ‘love map’ has been seriously screwed up because of the examples his father and brother have demonstrated with the women in their lives. In fact, no man the main character interacts with has a healthy, loving, faithful relationship with any woman in their lives. Without spoiling the plot, as the wrap around plot with the main characters continues the chronological plot, Yunior’s physical body begins breaking down after he destroys his relationship with his fiancé. In the end, the half life of love is infinite.
This is an easy read, but I couldn’t help but wonder, even though this book was written well before the ‘me too’ movement, how these seemingly semi-autobiographical characters, reflect on the allegations leveled at Diaz by female students and interns. I enjoy the voice. I don’t like the way men from the Dominican Republic are all portrayed as misogynistic users of women.
Nothing personal
Sorry, but I am going to write part of this review in Spanish...because I just want to be sure that what I put in here, is exactly what I need to say..!

Soy dominicano, entero y sin complejos y por tanto "culpable" de cuantas cosas, propios y ajenos, con justificacion o sin ella, me quieran endilgar. Pero veo a Junot ante todo como un latino, que orgulloso de sus origenes y poseedor de una gran calidad literaria, de vez en cuando nos suelta una joya, para que recordemos que por el y muchos otros, tambien brillamos.

Veo esta ultima entrega de Junot, como una reflexion interesante, planteada en su tremendo y fuerte estilo, sobre, no solo las relaciones de pareja, sino tambien sobre la mentalidad de hombres y mujeres latinos y quizas mas que latinos, caribenos. Capta y refleja de manera exquisita y cruda a la vez, nuestra esencia y forma de ser...que a veces rayara en lo comico para aquellos, que aunque en sus paises son considerados por sus propias elites como "white trash", se sienten superiores. Pero no muy en el fondo nuestra esencia y cultura mantiene su solida humanidad...Junot la refleja y representa muy bien.

Great work...!
Ps- I am also Diaz, but as far as I know, not related to Junot.