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My Broken Language


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How does the title, My Broken Language, speak to the entire memoir?

Created: 01/06/22

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davinamw

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How does the title, My Broken Language, speak to the entire memoir?

How does the title, My Broken Language, speak to the entire memoir?


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paulak

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RE: How does the title, My Broken ...

Such an interesting title. The word "broken" has so many definitions - something in need of repair, something uneven, something divided. And I see the word "language" as applying quite broadly - not only the written and spoken language that differed so greatly in Quiara's various environments - but the language of music and art. I'm glad you asked this question because it forced me to really think about the title and, in the end, it seems just perfect.


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melanieb

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RE: How does the title, My Broken ...

The fractured ways that we communicate while trying to speak to the whole of what we’re trying to share.


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beckys

Join Date: 08/12/16

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RE: How does the title, My Broken ...

My husbands family immigrated here from Italy and his mom used to say that his grandmother didn't speak good English or good Italian...I thought of this many times during the book as they switched back and forth between English and Spanish... just the brokenness and lack of fluidity of their speech, I thought it was a great title for the book.


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melissa c.

Join Date: 01/10/21

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RE: How does the title, My Broken ...

The meaning of the title changed over the course of the book. It really took hold when Quiara was writing music and her play(s). One doesn't have to be verbose to get their story told. Sometimes it's just as effective, if not even more so, to keep things short, simple and to the point. In other words, less is more.


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kathleenk

Join Date: 10/31/17

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RE: How does the title, My Broken ...

I found it fascinating that instead of focusing on culture alone, she saw her life as divided by the two languages around her. She really kept to this theme by viewing her life and memoir through this lens. I loved when the chapter titles reflected this, too.


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Gabi

Join Date: 02/22/21

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RE: How does the title, My Broken ...

“My Broken Language” refers to the disparity between Quiara’s English and Spanish worlds - not only the actual language, but the cultures, the priorities, the environments, etc.


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Marcia S

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RE: How does the title, My Broken ...

There's a quote in the book, "If you're fluent in language, there's a place you belong." (p 127). I think Quiara was searching for who she really was and where she belonged. She experienced language through the celebrations of her culture and her family, through music, experiences, and especially through her writing. It was a fitting title.


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