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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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This is the long-awaited first novel from one of the most original and memorable writers working today. Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd, a Bew Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding... show more
This is the long-awaited first novel from one of the most original and memorable writers working today.

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd, a Bew Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fukú — the ancient curse that has haunted the Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still dreaming of his first kiss, is only its most recent victim - until the fateful summer that he decides to be its last.

With dazzling energy and insight, Junot Díaz immerses us in the uproarious lives of our hero Oscar, his runaway sister Lola, and their ferocious beauty-queen mother Belicia, and in the epic journey from Santo Domingo to Washinton Heights to New Jersey's Bergenline and back again. Rendered with uncommon warmth and humor, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao presents an astonishing vision of the comtemporary American experience and the endless human capacity to persevere - and to risk it all - in the of love.

A true literary triumph, this novel confirms Junot Díaz as one of the best and most exciting writers of our time.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780571239733 (0571239730)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Pages no: 335
Edition language: English
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Literary Sara
Literary Sara rated it
Another book I picked up from a used book sale. The book grabbed me by its intro, which mixes pop culture and scifi/fantasy references with historical details from the Dominican Republic and a little bit of magic and curses. How does that even work? How is it possible that the first chapters describ...
Sarah's Library
Sarah's Library rated it
1.5 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
31/5 - This isn't working for me. The footnotes are bothering me particularly. I barely know anything about the Dominican Republic and I feel like Diaz expects me to be well versed in their history and their notable historical figures, as well as other pop culture references that are as clear as mud...
DanySpike
DanySpike rated it
4.5 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Díaz
This book had been recommended to me over and over but I kept putting it off. Now I understand why everybody wanted me to read it. This book shows you the life of Oscar and his family in a very special, latinamerican way, with passion, fury, magic and resignation. It truly felt as if I was readi...
The English Student
The English Student rated it
4.0 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz
I'm really not sure what I can say about The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I'm not even 100% sure I actually enjoyed it. It's the story of several generations of a Dominican family and the supposed curse that lingers around them from the time of the Dominican dictator Trujillo. Chronologically...
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it
4.0 Diaz's The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao
The most important work of the post second world war literature is 100 Years of Solitude. I would have preferred Lolita, 1984 or Last Exit to Brooklyn to be the most important work. While I love 100 Years of Solitude, it has led to a lot of disappointing writing. Oscar Wao is very much in that tr...
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