The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Author:Junot Diaz 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 fuku ... more »- 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.« less
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I was hooked from the first page of this riveting book! I loved the Spanish "dichos" (sayings) and all of the Fantasy/Sci-Fi references and was absolutely captivated by the characters. The plot was compelling and heart-wrenching. IMHO, this book is most deserving of the Pulitzer Prize. ˇBravo!
From the title of this book and its back cover, I wasn't sure that I was going to relate to the overweight, sci-fi loving Oscar Wao. However, Junot Diaz managed to hook me from the first pages with his story about four generations of a Dominican-American family who are always on the brink of making it. I enjoyed his liberal usage of Spanish, despite my limited understanding. I also enjoyed the non-chronological nature of the story that somehow unraveled in just the way I needed it to, to really empathize with the characters. The Dominican history lessons sprinkled throughout the book were an enjoyable aside to the main story. I recommend this book to those who aren't put off by foul language!
Currently 1.5/5 Stars.
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I read the back of this book and bought it as I love to read about Central and S American cultures. Started out good - was a little frustrated by the footnotes which in my opinion could have been in the book and not as separate mini text. Lots of Spanish and slang and when I actually knew the words added to the book. When I didn't, I found it distracting. Almost needs a glossary in the back for those that don't know the words. Struggled to get into it and ended up putting it down (which I rarely do but am learning its OK) about the midpoint. Not my cup of tea but maybe someone else would enjoy.
Im not a huge fan of the pulitzer winners but this one is an exception. Interesting characters and writing that holds your attention.
Currently 1/5 Stars.
Amber J. reviewed The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao on
Didn't love it. It was a difficult one to finish (and I almost didn't). The N word is used way too much for what seems like no real reason. I don't believe that these kids are calling each other that. I know a lot of friends who used to use it with the **ggA at the end, but not the ER. It just rubbed me the wrong way.
Also, the footnotes were excessive and annoying (I stopped reading them) and there were a lot of chapters that I completely skimmed through. They were more of a history lesson than anything else.
All in all this book was painful for me to get through. I'm really disappointed considering the rave reviews it has received.
Currently 5/5 Stars.
Sandra M. reviewed The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao on