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An unsympathetic look at guys cheating
on 18 June 2017
An interesting perspective from a serial cheater/man whore. The book is told in a non-chronological manner, and across generations from a few perspectives. This asynchronous method helps to explain the behaviour of the protagonist, as he serially mistreats the woman in his life, but importantly, I don't think it ever made you forgive or pity him, which was really interesting to read. I think too often stories (both book and film) about middle aged men cheating, portray it as something that just happens, as if there is a genetic switch that will eventually click, and whilst it is not nice we just need to accept this. Junot definitely avoids this, and depicts a more environmental explanation, that is not completely deterministic, which creates a less than lovable protagonist.
And all of the above aside, a good read about the experience of a South to North American immigrant.