This book accomplishes a lot. It's funny, it has a voice (and a witty one at that), it tells an important history of the Trujillo-era Dominican Republic, it's a coming of age novel and it has memorable characters. More than anything, I enjoyed the history lesson given in such colloquial delivery. It's a haunting history, and Diaz's characters - both those born during and after Trujillo's regime, are caught in the lingering terror. I can see why this book won the Pulitzer and would recommend it as a good read. It did feel a bit long and I was waiting to finish it.