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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Community Reviews back

by Junot Diaz
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so many books, so little time
so many books, so little time rated it 7 years ago
Rating deleted. I can't in good conscience keep ratings for books by any of the 204 writers who signed the letter protesting the award for courage PEN gave to Charlie Hebdo. Such willful obtuseness by writers, of all people, toward freedom of expression is very troubling.
Crystal Starr Light, Raging Snarky Stormtrooper Pony
Bullet Review:"WAHHHHHH! My life is so horrible!! I'm 100+ pounds overweight, have no friends, and have never gotten laid!! Especially to some fine b!tch with huge tits! The one time I "tried", the girl was in an abusive relationship with a d-bag. I was TOTALLY the Nice Guy; she should have gone wit...
ism
ism rated it 9 years ago
Apparently I can't give 3 1/2 stars for this Pulitzer Prize winning novel so I think I'll be generous and give it a 4. Not that it didn't deserve it. I did have fun reading the book and I did smile at the ending. Yes (and I don't think this is much of a spoiler since the title says it all), the main...
Raging Biblioholism
Raging Biblioholism rated it 10 years ago
A smart, original novel that deserves all of the acclaim it has received. Diaz's voice is sharp and witty, I loved the footnotes and the myriad nerd references (A Captain Trips comment about six pages in hooked me but good), and the story itself is both interesting and engaging. If the tale lags a...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it 10 years ago
Let me preface this with a personal disclaimer. This was not an easy book to navigate with an audio version, although the reader was superb, because of the many Spanish words and colloquialisms which I did not recognize. With a visual, I could have looked back, checked the spelling, looked up words...
nbarman
nbarman rated it 10 years ago
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...
coffee & ink
coffee & ink rated it 10 years ago
The voice is terrific. I'm still thinking about why sex is the filter -- not just for Oscar and Yunior, but for the stories they jointly tell about the DR.
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 10 years ago
Not for me at this time.Author: Junot DiazNarrator: Jonathan Davis and Staci SnellPublisher: Penguin Audiobooks, 2007Running Time: 10 h 57 minblurb -Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives...
llanito
llanito rated it 10 years ago
One of the blackest and most compelling books I have ever read.
Regina's Reads
Regina's Reads rated it 11 years ago
4.5 stars. My review dissappeared. But I will just say I loved this book. I listened to the audio and the performance is outstanding. Why not 5 stars? Well, I thought the vulgarity, the slang, the discussions of sex were genuine and not forced, they were not gratutitous, but sometimes they got ol...
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