I usually agree with the taste of the Pulitzer Prize committee but the fact that this book won the top prize surprised me.
I started this book with much anticipation because Junot Diaz is a good writer (read his first book of short stories) and the plot had so much potential (sci-fi loving ghetto nerd, what's not to like?) but I found the main character weak, simple and just plain boring. I struggled to finish. The overwhelming amount of Spanish slang took so much away from the book, usually one can infer the meaning of a foreign word in the context of the paragraph - NOT in the case of this book - the slang was distracting, confusing and made the story feel disjointed. Diaz probably felt he was keeping things authentic but when the reader walks away confused, it's not helping your story. For a native Spanish speaker I'm sure the experience of this novel will be high but for those who have only little to basic knowledge of Spanish, it's a chore.
My favorite book of the Princes Trilogy. Harry is Lady Georgina's land steward, the crux of the conflict is the class difference, one is the daughter of an earl and the other a "commoner," but Harry is NO common male. Oh yeah, there is a villian running around also, killing sheep and blaming it on Harry, everyone is suspicious and Harry is trying to find out who is behind all the ruckus, all the while trying to fend off the mutual attraction between servant and Lady.
The attraction is definitely there, sparks fly, love scenes are hot and borderline erotica (in my opinion) but no matter the romance and feelings of Harry & Lady ring true.
This one is going on my keeper shelf, sorry! =)
Very deep, introspective memoir by the author of "The Lovely Bones," detailing the effects and aftermath of her rape when she was just 18 years old. I was highly engaged by this book and think it's amazing that the author was able to detail such an awful event with so much soul.