The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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 Fukoe-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.
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A moving and truly unique reading experience!User Review - book n music lover - Borders
A very powerful book! Díaz is nothing if not authentic, with a “take no prisoners” attitude, only writing to please himself as well as those readers willing to open themselves to this intensely moving ... Read full review
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I read this book in about three sittings, it is written in very frank language as if you and the various narrarators are speaking over coffee, or a beer, or sitting in their bedroom (where you often ... Read full review