The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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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