The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Book - 2007
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Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2007
ISBN: 9781594489587
Branch Call Number: FICTION DIAZ JUNOT
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 22 cm


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Jun 07, 2017

Junot Diaz is a phenomenal writer. He will make you feel something. This book is a perfect summer read and will stick with me for years to come.

Jan 29, 2017

I chose this book for book club as it seemed promising. I must apologize to my fellow members. This book received rave reviews. I struggled to get through it and it made me feel stupid. I didn't understand what was going on or where it was going. I couldn't relate to the characters at all and it seemed as if the primary characters were all just looking to get laid. I didn't find that they had any depth and were all stupid, frankly. I struggled to get through this book and skimmed the last 30 or so pages. I didn't find it vibrant, fast paced or particularly funny. A huge disappointment.

AL_LESLEY Nov 16, 2016

Junot Diaz is hilarious, insightful, shockingly crass and real as can be. I am a fan.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Oct 31, 2016

I read This is How You Lose Her a few years back and liked it for sure but did not love it, which I thought peculiar since I had heard so, so many great things about Diaz's writing. When I told a friend this, he insisted that I read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the book he thought would really introduce me to the author. I am SO glad I did- I loved it through and through and through. I actually thought my love for it had reached maximum capacity in the beginning part of the book, when getting to know Oscar and Lola. Little did I know it would grow from there with the intersection of present and past. I may have just read my favorite book.

AL_BETHW Sep 09, 2016

This Pulitzer Prize winning novel is a refreshing and spicy piece of work. Oscar is not your typical hero, but the unsung hero of all ghetto nerds. His story is complex and wound tight, told through a multigenerational family saga, cultural and political history, and the powerful fuku (aka curse) that controls it all. Set in the U.S. and D.R. this book explores the complexities of living in two cultures at once (okay, I borrowed that line) with the added awkward coming of age. Fantastic!

Sep 08, 2016

I wanted to like this - but ending up calling it quits more than half way in. Slow and hard to follow.

AL_ALISON Aug 08, 2016

This book was unlike anything I read in a long time. Junot Diaz takes the reader on a wild read through New Jersey and the Dominican Republic following the de Leon family. Not only do we have the story of an immigrant family, but also of a curse that may or may not be the reason for all strange things that happen.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

Haunting. Affecting. There's also this wonderful story about love. I enjoyed the casual tone of the book, the importance of one kiss, and the relationships between Oscar and his family. At its core, ...Oscar Wao is a story that is hard to shake.

Apr 12, 2016

A painfully slow start. It's about a teenage boy, so it sounds like a teenage boy is telling the story.

I am very surprised at the awards it has won.

Feb 12, 2016

I think a person will either like or dislike this book. It is definitely not for everyone. I thought I would not really like it, but as I progressed I got more involved. The characters live life with gusto, collecting women like notches on a belt, using lots of spicy language, and in general trying to be the most desired and envied in the neighbourhood. The writing is conversational with a lot of Spanglish thrown in. I don't speak Spanish and didn't take the time to look up the words so probably didn't get the full flavour of the story, but don't think it hindered my understanding. Oscar and his family, Dominicans living in the United States, are trying to escape the curse placed on their family in the days of Trujillo's dictatorship. Oscar's grandfather was imprisoned, tortured, and murdered, and his family cursed forever. We learn many ugly horrifying things about the regime of the day and what the Dominicans suffered and are still suffering. Corruption, brutality, entitlement seem to be the watchwords in that society. We hope for better for Oscar and his sister Lola but life is still a struggle. Poor Oscar is hugely overweight, nerdy, practically friendless and still a virgin. He yearns to be a cool dude and have a girlfriend but fails at every turn. His life changes dramatically when he goes to visit his aunt in the Dominican Republic.

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portmanteau Jul 09, 2012

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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