I was planning to be blown away by this novel.... however....
It's odd. I couldn't put it down. Then when it was finished, I had to say to myself, "That really wasn't worth the time."
It's lyrically told, and I enjoyed learning something of the history of the Dominican Republic, but I found the liberal use of the Spanish with no translation to be off-putting.
When I learned that he did this so as to give the reader a taste of the "Immigrant Experience" - well, this simply means that I now know that I don't want to read any of his other books. This seems overly manipulative. I read to be told a story, not to have an immigrant experience. To me, this comes off as way way way too speshul-snowflake precious. Spare me.
On the whole, it was fairly enjoyable, and I'm glad that I read it, but it's nothing to go out of your way for, imho.