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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Díaz, Junot

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2007
ISBN: 1594489580
Characteristics: 339 p. ;,22 cm


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Mar 24, 2015
  • bibliokrisp rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Funny, sad, earth-shattering. Oscar Wao is a dreamer, a reader, an iconoclast who doesn't fit in with his Dominicano friends. This is his story, but also his narrators' stories (his sister Lola and best friend Yunior), as well as the story of the Dominican Republic and the suffering brought on by Trujillo and his men. All of Diaz's characters are tragic, yet there is humor and hope against the fuku--Isis will grow up and learn how to defeat the family curse. Amazing book of history, pop/Sci fi fantasy, comic book references, with colorful people to root for and against. One big, ambitious book.

Mar 11, 2015
  • SFPL_RicardoA rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Don't be intimidated by the title of this Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Junot Diaz. At times hilarious, horrific, or deeply moving, it narrates the adventures of young and nerdy Oscar de Leon (a.k.a. Oscar Wao by his Dominican friends) and his family in Patterson, New Jersey. Along the way, this exotic family saga detours to the Dominican Republic, revealing Oscar's family colorful but tragic past.

Get ready to read some virtuoso prose in English and Spanish (keep a bilingual dictionary handy) used to describe the 21st century clash of Latino and U.S. cultures. If that is not enough to justify a Pulitzer, Diaz has also managed to open a window into the immigrant experience and into the history of the Dominican Republic that perhaps no other book, fiction or non-fiction, could give us today.

A great and challenging book.

Dec 29, 2014
  • kgoepen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant, frenetic prose. Be prepared to do a lot of research so you actually have the context for this novel. The character is memorable, human, an underdog of epic proportions, so perceptive and so, so likeable. Love this book.

Oct 20, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Hopeless, romantic, ghetto nerd Oscar Wao, his sister the pragmatic, punk, track star Lola and their tough, heartbroken mother Beli are haunted by a fuku curse from Trujillo-era Dominican Republic that shapes their lives. Homeboy turned college teacher Yunior shifts from Spanish, to English, then to a hybrid of Dominican-American slang as he narrates this family’s tragic-comic, fractured assimilation into New Jersey life.

Aug 05, 2014
  • JCLJoshN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a beautiful, harrowing novel! I reveled in the extreme and obscure nerdiness, fell in love (in a complicated way, of course) with the troubled nation of the Dominican Republic and its people, and cried for the difficult lives of Oscar, his sister Lola, his mother Beli, and the narrator, Yunior. This is a dark and darkly funny, funky, soul-touching, magical novel. I may be a white boy living in the Midwest, but I could really feel for these East Coast Dominicans, especially the smart, quirky, lonely Oscar.

Jul 25, 2014
  • I_sing_the_Body_Electric rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Its a pretty decent book that talks a lot about history and life struggles with a slight satire to it. The narration in the novel is confusing at first but it all makes sense at the end. I must say though, it was a happy ending after all.

May 25, 2014
  • tocch101 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A little depressing, yet with a slight undertone that is very sweet. The overall story line is great and enjoyable.

Aug 18, 2013
  • Rock_Shadow rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Thoroughly enjoyed the book, and laughed a lot. I liked the way Diaz first introduced Oscar and then other family members - I saw it as his way to introduce history and struggle of Dominicans at home, Dominican immigrants, and Oscar with his family. Oscar follows his male ancestors path of the least resistance - he just brings it "higher" than anyone else. The females in his famly are hardy, enjoyable, and much more embeded in the real world than the males are. The book, with all the great humor, gives a multifaceted peek into what makes a Dominican.

Jun 03, 2013
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was interesting – I learned a lot about the dictatorial history of the Dominican Republic – but it wasn’t really all that compelling. It was exciting enough that I was pulled through it in less than a week, but I had no real relish in picking it up or even finishing it. I spent most of the time trying to figure out who the narrator was, and why the style kept jumping all over the place. The high energy is the common thread, not the actual subject matter, which keeps this book from being truly great. Is it really a curse if you’re dumb enough to pursue a woman who’s engaged to a crooked cop?

May 08, 2013

Recently saw Junot Diaz @ NYPL he is so AWESOME!!

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Jul 09, 2012
  • portmanteau rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A first lesson in the fragility of love and the preternatural cowardice of men. And out of this disillusionment and turmoil sprang Beli's first adult oath, on that would follow her into adulthood, to the States and beyond. I will not serve. Never again would she follow any lead other than her own Not the rector's, not the nuns', not La Inca's, not her poor dead parents'. Only me, she whispered. Me.


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