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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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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, 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. D'az immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience, and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss. A true literary triumph, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao confirms Junot Diaz as one of the best and most exciting voices of our time. .
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
ISBN: 9781594489587
1594489580
Branch Call Number: FICTION DIAZ
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  • 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.

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  • 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!!

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  • mombrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic!!

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  • 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!

Report This Oct 09, 2012
  • Clio84 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book! Through it you discover the true colors of Oscar, an overweight nerd who adores science fiction, but who has really bad luck in love, besides his family issues. You fall in love with him, feel sorry for him, you want to help him... A really nice story to read, even though it's sad.

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  • kasabian rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A very honest and critical look at ethnic identity and race relations, and definitely one of my favourites. Better than most of the wishy washy 'multicultural' drivel they make us read at university.

Montlk Library August book.

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  • gsreibers rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Interesting book, although I probably would not have chosen to read it on my own. It was chosen as my book club's July book. We met to discuss it over dinner at one of our member's houses. She prepared a Dominican Republic signature dish called Sancocho, which is mentioned in this book!

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  • 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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