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Rowena's Reviews

My true loves: Wilkie Collins, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Anais Nin, George Eliot, James Joyce, James Baldwin, George Orwell, Oscar Wilde, bell hooks, Chinua Achebe, Langston Hughes, William Shakespeare... I'm falling for : Italo Calvino, Toni Morrison, Frantz Fanon, Wole Soyinka, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, Albert Camus, Margaret Atwood, Somerset Maugham, Junot Diaz, A.S. Byatt... And the lists continue to grow! I will read almost anything, as long as it's well-written. I always love to expand my reading horizons.

Currently reading

Edward W. Said
Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
Finnegans Wake (Trade Paperback)
James Joyce
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz Great story. Junot Diaz really knows how to captivate an audience!

Personally, I enjoyed the historical footnotes. I don't know much about Dominican history so I was interested to read about the dictator Trujillo and other Dominican historical figures. Also, I think the author did a good job in portraying how prevalent colourism is in the Dominican Republic.

I did not like the excessive use of the n-word and my Spanish isn't good enough to understand the copious amount of Spanish phrases in the book. Overall, I really enjoyed the story.