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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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    by Junot Diaz

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    Mass-market paperback, Faber & Faber
    2009
    352 pages

    ISBN: 0571239730
    ISBN-13: 9780571239733

    Things have never been easy for Oscar. A ghetto nerd living with his Dominican family in New Jersey, he's sweet but disastrously overweight. He dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien and he keeps falling hopelessly in love. Poor Oscar may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku - the curse that has haunted his family for generations. With dazzling energy and insight Diaz immerses us in the tumultuous lives of Oscar; his runaway sister Lola; their beautiful mother Belicia; and in the family's uproarious journey from ... Show more

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Reviews of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Overall customer rating: 4.334
Michelle H

Great Buy !

by Michelle H on Apr 12, 2011

The book is worth buying. If you choose to purchase this book you will not be disappointed. More

livres

Read this!

by livres on Mar 4, 2010

This is a unique voice telling a fascinating story about a part of the world most non-Dominicans won't have heard much about. It made me feel ashamed about my own lack of awareness but also spurred me to think more about other repressive political histories and diasporic peoples. I listened to it on ... More

greebs

Don't get swept away by the hype

by greebs on Jun 15, 2009

'Oscar Wao' is indeed a very good book, but it has gotten such praise, awards and - frankly - hype, that for me it slightly failed to live up to expectations. It is a wonderful story - a small story wrapped inside what amounts to a recent history of the Dominican Republic - about a loner 'dweeb' named ... More

vbn44

So what are those DomiCans about?

by vbn44 on Jul 18, 2008

This shy author's on stage demeanor completely belies the torrid and fantastical population that inhabits and suffuses this novel with Caribbean angst and sex. A dweeb he might be personally, but Diaz is the new generation of nano Latins writing and beguiling their audience with life tales of the post ... More

LizaL33

Am I Missing Something?

by LizaL33 on May 7, 2008

I just do not get what the big deal is with this book! I have not read Diaz's previous book, Drown, so maybe something there identifies him as a major talent, but I'm sorry to say I don't get that impression from this novel. The story is slow moving, it jumps forward and backward through time, and ... More

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laGirl

Good book club pick?

I'm thinking of picking Oscar Wao for my next book club meeting. Is this a good book for group discussion? Enough material to get some good conversations going?

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