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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Díaz, Junot (Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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Publisher description: 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 with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar 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 Fukœ-the 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 waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.
Authors: Díaz, Junot, 1968-
Title: The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2007
Characteristics: 339 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Junot Díaz
Summary: Publisher description: 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 with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar 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 Fukœ-the 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 waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.
ISBN: 9781594489587
1594489580
Branch Call Number: FICTION DIAZ
Subject Headings: Dominican Americans Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Dominican Americans
LCCN: 2007017251
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Join the discussion on Dec. 2, 2014. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2008, this novel, set in New Jersey, is a portrait of a brutal time in the 20th century Dominican Republic and the life of a family who escaped it. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, it explores the endless human capacity... Read More »

If you like funny with your heartbreak: The tumultuous life of Oscar and his family at large, is also a story of the Dominican-American experience and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss.

The Dominican-American called Oscar is a brilliant, science fiction loving teen who is accepted by no one, thanks in part to the Fuku-the curse that has haunted the Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Funny, heartbr... Read More »

A beautifully written, heartbreaking story of a Dominican boy living in New York who cannot find a place where he is accepted. The novel is filled with rapid-fire allusions to science fiction novels from Stephen King to Octavia Butler to E.E. Doc Smith to Andre Norton to...

The Dominican-American called Oscar is a brilliant, science fiction loving teen who is accepted by no one. Funny, heartbreaking, and crackling with allusions.


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Oct 20, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Hopeless, romantic, ghetto nerd Oscar Wao, his sister the pragmatic, punk, track star Lola and their tough, heartbroken mother Beli are haunted by a fuku curse from Trujillo-era Dominican Republic that shapes their lives. Homeboy turned college teacher Yunior shifts from Spanish, to English, then to a hybrid of Dominican-American slang as he narrates this family’s tragic-comic, fractured assimilation into New Jersey life.

Aug 05, 2014
  • JCLJoshN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a beautiful, harrowing novel! I reveled in the extreme and obscure nerdiness, fell in love (in a complicated way, of course) with the troubled nation of the Dominican Republic and its people, and cried for the difficult lives of Oscar, his sister Lola, his mother Beli, and the narrator, Yunior. This is a dark and darkly funny, funky, soul-touching, magical novel. I may be a white boy living in the Midwest, but I could really feel for these East Coast Dominicans, especially the smart, quirky, lonely Oscar.

Jul 25, 2014
  • I_sing_the_Body_Electric rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Its a pretty decent book that talks a lot about history and life struggles with a slight satire to it. The narration in the novel is confusing at first but it all makes sense at the end. I must say though, it was a happy ending after all.

May 25, 2014
  • tocch101 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A little depressing, yet with a slight undertone that is very sweet. The overall story line is great and enjoyable.

Aug 18, 2013
  • Rock_Shadow rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Thoroughly enjoyed the book, and laughed a lot. I liked the way Diaz first introduced Oscar and then other family members - I saw it as his way to introduce history and struggle of Dominicans at home, Dominican immigrants, and Oscar with his family. Oscar follows his male ancestors path of the least resistance - he just brings it "higher" than anyone else. The females in his famly are hardy, enjoyable, and much more embeded in the real world than the males are. The book, with all the great humor, gives a multifaceted peek into what makes a Dominican.

Jun 03, 2013
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was interesting – I learned a lot about the dictatorial history of the Dominican Republic – but it wasn’t really all that compelling. It was exciting enough that I was pulled through it in less than a week, but I had no real relish in picking it up or even finishing it. I spent most of the time trying to figure out who the narrator was, and why the style kept jumping all over the place. The high energy is the common thread, not the actual subject matter, which keeps this book from being truly great. Is it really a curse if you’re dumb enough to pursue a woman who’s engaged to a crooked cop?

Recently saw Junot Diaz @ NYPL he is so AWESOME!!

Jan 04, 2013
  • mombrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic!!

Dec 23, 2012
  • mr_moa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An amazing lesson in Dominican History during the Trujillo dictatorship.... I found it very insightful. I would like to know what does the author have against quotation marks? At times it is difficult to know who is narating. This book was an amazing experience for me!

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Jul 09, 2012
  • portmanteau rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A first lesson in the fragility of love and the preternatural cowardice of men. And out of this disillusionment and turmoil sprang Beli's first adult oath, on that would follow her into adulthood, to the States and beyond. I will not serve. Never again would she follow any lead other than her own Not the rector's, not the nuns', not La Inca's, not her poor dead parents'. Only me, she whispered. Me.

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