The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Sep 6, 2007 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.

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Wonderful smart writing! - LibraryThing
Diaz's prose makes the book. - LibraryThing
It definitely moved at an awesome pace. - LibraryThing
Great writing, some interesting characters, poor story. - LibraryThing
Insight into the horrors of the country's history. - LibraryThing
I enjoyed the imagery and symbolism. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Paulagraph - LibraryThing

This was a repeat read for me. I bought the book to give to my son for Xmas a few years back & did a quick read through at that time. Since a good friend & voracious reader has referenced the novel ... Read full review

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User Review  - CaroPi - LibraryThing

Is a pretty nice book. It tells the sad story of Oscar Wao at the same time that it shows how was terrible life in Dominican Republic under the times that the Dictator Trujillo was there. It gives the ... Read full review

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Contents

GhettoNerd at the End of the World
The Three Heartbreaks of Belicia Cabral
Sentimental Education
Poor Abelard
ii
The Final Voyage
vii
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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