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Like the world of Macondo that Garcia Marquez creates in One-Hundred Years of Solitude, Diaz's TBWL abounds in literary and cultural references, and merges seemingly incompatible paradigms and artistic forms, from the "low" literary, from comic books and fantasy novels to allusions to Grecian tragedy in order to represent multiple generations of an immigrant Dominican family struggling with the complexities of familial and national struggles, race, language, gender, and psychosocial development; the novel combines English and Dominican Spanish to represent how many bilingual Latinos express their quotidian lived experience as bicultural subjects.
As in his much acclaimed Drown, Diaz narrates TBWL through the voice of Yunior, a figure who embodies the stereotypical Dominican machismo that Oscar wishes to emulate and who also constantly subjects Oscar to ridicule and racist epithets.