The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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Penguin, 2007 - Fiction - 339 pages
121 Reviews
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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User Review  - Thomas - Goodreads

An impressive book, both in what it includes and what it has achieved. The Brief Life of Oscar Wao centers on Oscar De Leon, an overweight sci-fi nerd growing up in Paterson, New Jersey. Junot Diaz ... Read full review

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User Review  - helen the bookowl - Goodreads

This was an okay book, but nothing more than that, to be honest. It is the story of Oscar Wao who grows up in the Dominican Republic and how his life turned out. It is a story told through different ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
51
Section 4
77
Section 5
167
Section 6
204
Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 10
311
Section 11
315
Section 12
323
Section 13
329
Section 14
333
Section 15
337
Section 16
341
Copyright

Section 9
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About the author (2007)

Junot Díaz's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Best American Short Stories. His highly-anticipated first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was greeted with rapturous reviews, including Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times calling it "a book that decisively establishes him as one of contemporary fiction's most distinctive and irresistible new voices." His debut story collection, Drown, published eleven years prior to Oscar Wao, was also met with unprecedented acclaim; it became a national bestseller, won numerous awards, and has since grown into a landmark of contemporary literature. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey, Díaz lives in New York City and is a professor of creative writing at MIT.

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