The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Oscar is 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 Fuk --the curse that has haunted 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 D az as one of the best and most exciting voices of our time.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mirikayla - LibraryThing
This was good. Really good. Be prepared for difficult descriptions of violence under the Trujillo dictatorship, and also for some Spanish phrases that aren't translated. (If I'd been reading the hard ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
Though a wonderful sense of humor pervades this book, some of the scenes that take place in the Dominican Republic are just downright brutal. Diaz has created a novel that makes us laugh and cry along ... Read full review