Posts Categorized: Junot Díaz

The Pura Principle – Junot Diaz

          In the Pura Principle, Junot Diaz created a narrator with a great voice that was full of humor.  That seems to be a given for Diaz.  I read, though couldn’t finish, the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and the narrator’s seem quite similar.  They were both geeky, Hispanic teens that don’t really fit in, and say funny things.  If you like that, or if you liked his novel, you’ll probably like this short story.  Where the story broke down for me was in the ending.  It failed.  It fell flat.  It was like the ending of a sit-com, utterly forgettable, and with zero impact.
         After cancer treatment, and the older brother falling in love with an illegal resident, moving out, and being ostracized by his mother, the narrator’s brother moves back home and has been ripped off by his wife.  In the end, the brother punished the narrator, and the story ends with him saying, “Didn’t I tell you I was going to fix you? Didn’t I?”  That’s it?  Diaz should have done something better than that, anything.  He’s a talented writer, but without a fine ending the reader is left asking herself, so what?

Review: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

I’m giving up.

At first, I didn’t care much for the narrator’s voice, but once I hit the sections with Lola and Beli, I really missed it. Those sections just seemed boring and unnecessary though, so I ended up skipping them. When I came back to the next chapter in Oscar’s life it was better, but I found myself not caring about him, and thinking he’s as annoying as the other characters believe him to be.
Perhaps this book didn’t catch on for me because I recently read the Savage Detectives…more I’m giving up.

At first, I didn’t care much for the narrator’s voice, but once I hit the sections with Lola and Beli, I really missed it. Those sections just seemed boring and unnecessary though, so I ended up skipping them. When I came back to the next chapter in Oscar’s life it was better, but I found myself not caring about him, and thinking he’s as annoying as the other characters believe him to be.
Perhaps this book didn’t catch on for me because I recently read the Savage Detectives which is sprawling and full of numerous narrators. Anyway, not sure what all the buzz about this book is, seems like one to miss.