I’d never heard of Diaz, much less that this was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, but a reader I trust recommended it and. . . wow! This has to be one of the most gripping and tightly-written novels I’ve read in a long time. It was very difficult to put down. Diaz’s precise detail and meticulous sentences reminded me of the first time I read Cormac McCarthy. Even the layout of the cover – which irked me for a time – ends up making vivid and beautiful sense.
Sit in the bookstore or library and read Chapter 20. It’s a masterwork all by itself.
The book, which is strong from the beginning, only gets better as it goes. As in Chapter 20, Diaz’s depictions of time are absolutely incredible.
And I just discovered that this is his first novel. Absolutely magnificent.