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On Wao. [Saturday, Jun. 20th, 2009|09:38 pm]
The richest girl in town.
Okay, I've finished it. As someone else mentioned, I didn't really get drawn in until something like page 80--Lola's chapter. Still feel some of the writing was unnecessarily messy and confusing--yes, I had the "I SEE WHUT YOU DID THAR" moment, but still. The narration--the primary narration, anyway--reminds me of something I tried to do with a novel I thought I'd write once. Diaz fell into some of the same traps I did; problems with how involved my omniscient narrator was to be in the story were some of the main reasons I nixed the book, actually.

But anyway.... Those of you who have read it, thoughts?
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From: delux_vivens
2009-06-21 06:16 pm (UTC)
I liked the book, but it was too intense for me to linger over for long.
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[User Picture]From: iphisol
2009-06-21 08:18 pm (UTC)
I got to read a copy before it was published, so my only context for it was having read his first bunch of short stories. And I loved it- I had the same thing you did, where I thought it really got off the ground in that second part. But the more I hear him talk, and the more I hear it get picked apart by valid criticisms, the more I think, well, dude made a good book, but it's flawed for sure.

I think mostly I just like that he writes about towns I've lived in.
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[User Picture]From: tyggerjai
2009-06-25 05:38 pm (UTC)
I liked Drown, and I'm liking Wao. My Spanish is pretty much nonexistent, which doesn't help, but it's definitely gripping me.
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