The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
|Rating||:||4.24 (979 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||462 Pages|
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. 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.. 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. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants
This was the most dynamic, entertaining, and achingly heartfelt novel I've read in a long time. Make some room for Oscar Wao on your bookshelf--you won't be disappointed. --Brad Thomas Parsons. The rope-a-dope narrative is funny, hip, tragic, soulful, and bursting with desire. My head is still buzzing with the memory of dozens of killer passages that I dog-eared throughout the book. Best of the Month, September 2007: It's been 11 years since Junot Díaz's critically acclaimed story collection, Drown, landed on bookshelves and from page one of his debut novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, any worries of a sophomore jinx disappear. The titular Oscar is a 300-pound-plus "lovesick ghetto nerd" with zero game (except for Du
A Rochester said I am not young enough to like this book.. This book was not written for my generation There are references to pop culture, a fantasy world, and all kinds of "stuff"and people that I know nothing about. I think Diaz wrote this book for the intellectual. Luckily, they found it and adopted it as their own. Some of the reasons I found the book hard to read: the story jumped from generation to generation; many Spanish words were used and not translated; Diaz often referred to contemporary music; literature; people; lots of sex; and lots of foul language. I don't mean to sound like a prude but I found the crude language overdone. Now for the characters. Here,I can say something . "Magical Realism at its Finest" according to Anna. Pros: For me, this book somehow manages to embody that elusive “magical realism” genre that so many authors have attempted to capture since Gabriel Garcia Marquez coined the category with “One Hundred Years of Solitude.” The characters are real and flawed and complex, the history is rich, and the story sucked me in immediately. This is honestly one of the best books I have read in the past few years. I have given it as a gift to multiple people, and they have had nothing but good things to say about it.Cons: Don’t buy the Kindle edition. You need the hard-copy with the footnotes right on the page for y. No no no I had to read this for a literature class, and I could only read through Chapter 3, before I switched to an audiobook. Having this read to me is more tolerable, I can tune it out when Diaz is doing nothing more than rambling, to make this ridiculously boring and vulgar book longer. No organization, skips around, mixes Spanish and English, why? It has footnotes too?! I could barely contain my vomiting reading the text, then the author wants me to read footnotes too? Books like this, is why I hate reading. Hopelessly, uncreative and unbrilliant.