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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao 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

  • Title: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  • Author: Junot Díaz
  • ISBN: 9781594489587
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 Fuk the curse that has haunted tThings 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 Fuk 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 Diaz immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican American experience, and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss A true literary triumph, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao confirms Junot Diaz as one of the best and most exciting voices of our time.

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao The Dominican Republic Daz portrays in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a wild, beautiful, dangerous, and contradictory place, both hopelessly impoverished and impossibly rich Not so different, perhaps, from anyone else s ancestral homeland, but Daz s weirdly wonderful novel illustrates the island s uniquely powerful hold on Dominicans wherever they may wander. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Kindle edition by Best of the Month, September It s been years since Junot Daz 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 sopho jinx disappear The titular Oscar is a pound plus lovesick ghetto nerd with zero game except for Dungeons Dragons who cranks out The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Daz Junot Diaz s Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao is an achingly beautiful, irresistibly harrowing depiction of Dominican Republic The twentieth century s one of the most disreputable dictators, Rafael Trujillo exercised absolute power over Dominican Republic like a feudal lord from February, until his assassination in May, . The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Character List A list of all the characters in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Characters include Yunior,Oscar de Len Oscar Wao ,Lola de Len,Belicia de Len,Abelard Luis Cabral and The Brief Wondrous GPA Guide The Brief Wondrous To experience passionate feelings for the first time is invigorating, maybe on the grounds that it increases to a startling level of self change We re all impacted by our loved ones, however a few of us all the so Evident in the novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, there are some people in the world who have

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    About Author

    1. Junot Díaz says:
      Junot D az was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist He is the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Fellowship, PEN Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN O Henry Award A graduate of Rutgers College, D az is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Comment 881 on “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    1. Cameron says:
      How this book won the Pulitzer Prize AND the National Book Critics Circle is beyond me It s terrible Here s the review I wrote when it came out I stand by this completely If someone says they read this and liked it, punch them in the throat I m kidding, naturally Review of Junot Diaz s first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, published Oct 7, 2007 Imagine, if you will, that seven years after publishing The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, Ernest Hemingway decided to expand his wel [...]

    2. Malbadeen says:
      I want to know all about your family, your childhood, your grandparents, their childhood, etc, etc, I want to know where you lived, what food you ate, what games you played or didn t play I want to know why this is important to you or that is not Which is why I LOVED this book Junot Diaz takes 300 pages to tell a story about a boy that wants to be kissed and the kiss MATTERS because we know his family, we know his friends, we know their superstitions and their pains, and their loses and their su [...]

    3. Michael Finocchiaro says:
      Exhilarating Brutal yet beautiful Wao I really enjoyed both the style and the story of this whirlwind of a novel by Junot D az I can see why he got a Pulitzer and wonder if he other books are as fun to read I think that Seven Killings was even masterful, but Oscar delivers nearly as much gore and Caribbean corruption and historical facts as well I especially enjoyed the footnotes Writing any about this book would certainly break my no spoilers rules so suffice it to say that this book was GREA [...]

    4. The Crimson Fucker says:
      Ok, I m writing a review of this book right now or I ma die trying goddamn it 1 HOUR LATERI got nothing I ve deleted like 20 paragraphs 1 HOUR LATER 2 bruises in my forehead, kind of dizzy, I ve cursed the gods of knowledge for being born without literary talent And 0 review Oh god I give up This is all I got This book is awesome Is a nerdy dude being nerdy as hell and not getting pussy Even tho he desperately wants it he watches Akira which I think is kind of cool he watches cool tv shows that [...]

    5. Andy says:
      I bought Oscar Wao as a birthday gift for my mother in October based on scores of sterling reviews She read it, gave it a mild thumbs up probably just being nice and handed it off to me Now having read it, I m pretty mortified I thought this book would be something she might like The critical consensus seemed to be that Junot Diaz is a good writer, and he picked a good story to tell here in his first novel But I found this book lacking on both counts I found the writing lazy and unexpressive in [...]

    6. Dan says:
      Soon after I started reading this book, I also started reading Housekeeping vs The Dirt by Nick Hornby In it s preface, Hornby discusses why reading has fallen by the wayside as of late A lot of people associate reading with boredom because to most, it feels like a chore to get through novels If people would just read what they enjoyed, then they would begin again to see the pleasures of reading and thus, do of it he even makes a point that someone who reads only The Economist and their daily p [...]

    7. Cassy says:
      Honestly, if someone had warned me that this book would barrage me, page after page, line after line, clause after clause, with obscure dorky references, Dominican Republican history lessons, and Spanish colloquialisms, I may not have picked it up But I am glad I did.It is comforting to realize that on the scale of nerd dom, I fall on the light end I could follow the shout outs to science fiction authors, as well as the Lord of the Rings allusions of which there were many But I was lost for all [...]

    8. David Abrams says:
      Meet Oscar de Leon, dubbed Oscar Wao by bullies who liken him to the foppish Oscar Wilde Our Oscar is a fat, virginal Dominican American teenager who carries a Planet of the Apes lunchbox to school, spends hours painting his Dungeons Dragons miniatures, and who knows about the Marvel Universe than Stan Lee If Nerd was a country, Oscar would be its undisputed king Oscar is the kind of kid sweaty, mumbles to himself, inevitably invades personal space, probably has bad breath we would avoid on the [...]

    9. James says:
      The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot D az is pure genius storytelling at its core This was a Book Club choice that had me a little nervous but in the end had me tightly strapped in for the ride.As the title suggests, there is brevity to Oscar Wao s life Going into the read knowing this fact makes it even harder to accept as you have little hope that he will survive all that is thrown at him in his early years You root for him the entire length of the book but know deep in your heart it [...]

    10. Jason says:
      A lot of people seem to either hate or love this book Most people get irritated with misleading title, the hard to follow narration storyline, but mostly with the eclectic use of spanglish that is scattered throughout the book and with no footnote, i might add In an interview, Junot Diaz said that he offered up the Spanish without translation because he wanted to give English readers an idea of the immigrant experience The spanish in this book reflects the immigrant experience The alienation fro [...]

    11. Nishat says:
      Junot Diaz s 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Waois an achingly beautiful, irresistibly harrowing depiction of Dominican Republic.The twentieth century s one of the most disreputable dictators, Rafael Trujillo exercised absolute power over Dominican Republic like a feudal lord from February, 1930 until his assassination in May, 1961 The longevity of his barbarous reign led to the pitiless slaughter of 50,000 Dominicans The author, Junot D az persuasively creates [...]

    12. Darth J says:
      GarbageThis book was recommended to me by my cousin so I thought I would like it I was so wrong All that s here is childish profanity, body shaming, and portraying minorities is stereotypical ways For an author who is so lauded, I am left confused at what he has to offer It all seemed so forced and inorganic for something that was supposedly based on the author s past that it felt like a poorly drawn cartoon that fifth graders would make as if they were aiming to create the next South Park.

    13. Dolors says:
      How do you pick up the threads of an old life How do you go on, when in your heart, you begin to understand, there is no going back There are some things that time cannot mend Some hurts that go too deepat have taken hold J.R.R Tolkien.Oscar Wao is a wonder of nature A nerd Weirdo Freak This is the story of an outcast and his travails A free spirit who speaks in sci fi gibberish and aspires to become the Dominican J.R.R.Tolkien His isolation is as massive as his 307 pounds and his inglorious vir [...]

    14. Crystal Starr Light says:
      Bullet Review WAHHHHHH My life is so horrible I m 100 pounds overweight, have no friends, and have never gotten laid Especially to some fine b tch with huge tits The one time I tried , the girl was in an abusive relationship with a d bag I was TOTALLY the Nice Guy she should have gone with ME Now I will whine and do nerdy things, and occasionally mention them so that the cover blurb saying I m the Dominican Tolkien won t be 100% inaccurate If this is what you want to read, go ahead, be my guest [...]

    15. Vit Babenco says:
      The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a great coming of age tale about a boy who wished to grow up but just couldn t He just managed to grow older And somehow I place this unusual novel between To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, and of course it has some sinister touch of The Comedians by Graham Greene to boot In September he headed to Rutgers New Brunswick, his mother gave him a hundred dollars and his first kiss in five years, his t o a box of con [...]

    16. Fabian says:
      Because in my brain there is a sharp edge precise hierarchy of the MODERN CLASSICS read in the most recent years , and because this book is newly minted therein 1STMIDDLESEX2NDTHE CORRECTIONS3RDWORLD S END4TH TIE ON BEAUTY THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFEI mean, surely this is a book to join the others It s about pretty much the same thing as those others it deals with the Family Odyssey Theme of the decade Half century I subscribe to the belief that nowadays the family chronicle, the history that lives [...]

    17. Annalisa says:
      These are the reasons I m abandoning this book 1 It s crude And it s not just the overuse of the f word I m over The sex and violence is crude too There s love that s personal and emotional and touches something deep down inside And then there s banal sex that devalues human connection and emotion, the kind of thing someone who was desensitized to real relationships in preference of porn would write This is the later Even inexperienced Oscar s interest in women is banal and of no depth.2 It s a [...]

    18. Whitney Atkinson says:
      I loved listening to this because Lin Manuel Miranda narrated it and, subsequently, I was attuned to every word But although I loved listening to this, both because of Lin s voice and the content, I would love to revisit this in a few years and actually read it to see what else I can pull from it It s very different than anything I would typically read, and it delves so far into backstories and family lineage that I would love to try flying through it in order to pick up connections.This was ju [...]

    19. Tatiana says:
      Not sure what was so wondrous about Oscar s life.

    20. Julie says:
      Junot Diaz has created a masterpiece here, an incredible tribute to Dominican culture and history, and let s face it what in the hell did you know about Dominican anything before you read this book Nada Less than nada Chances are, unless you re Dominican, a Caribbean history buff or a fan of Julia Alvarez s, you know mierda about Trujillo or his reign of terror or how badly Dominican women have been treated.And, if you haven t read this book you don t know Oscar Wao, and that s a tragedy.This bo [...]

    21. Michael says:
      I have tended to neglect the Latin American masters of magical realism because of foolish biases in expectation For my taste I stubbornly clung to a preference for outright science fiction or full fledged fantasy over some half way order of things or a sporadic supernatural or otherworldly force of causality in a narrative But I am changing my ways under the onslaught of talented writers who make the magical realism approach work well Like with this one, where Diaz gets me onboard already in the [...]

    22. Saleh MoonWalker says:
      Onvan The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Nevisande Junot D _az ISBN 1594489580 ISBN13 9781594489587 Dar 335 Safhe Saal e Chap 2007

    23. Kim says:
      TBWLOOW would have been a good read , I honestly believe that, but I don t know something happened along the way Maybe it was the fact that I started this during the holidays, and that s not fair to any book, I m the biggest wench from November 15th to January 15th I should limit my reading to People magazine or maybe some old Three s Company scripts I don t know, I haven t figured out the system just yet.Maybe it was my utter lack of knowledge about the political turmoil that is the Dominican R [...]

    24. Patrick says:
      Hype can really change the way you perceive a book Although the buzz for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao has been steadily building since it was released almost a year ago, the book I picked up at the bookstore had a big, gold starburst attached to it reading WINNER 2008 Pulitzer Prize , and had been brandished THE BEST BOOK I EVER READ by no less authority than my friend Kevin right here on this very website It s almost not fair, the way we build up these books, or movies, or other pop cul [...]

    25. Kelly says:
      This is someone s masterpiece, is what I kept thinking Someone s lifechanger, someone s book they hug to their chest when they finish and re read every couple of years for the rest of their life And I would nominate it for classic canon worthy for that reason, and I should be so lucky to ever get the gift to discuss it with a class.Diaz tells the story of the de Leon family and their trials and tribulations throughout at least three generations under the horrors of the Trujillo dictatorship in t [...]

    26. Roy says:
      This book is a true wonder and treasure, the very definition of a 5 star read I m placing it in the exhalted position of one of my 3 favorite books of all time, sitting alongside The World According to Garp and Love in the Time of Cholera It is a magnificent chronicle of a Dominican American family and the fuku that haunts them throughout generations, with its main focus on poor Oscar, a heavyset nerd personified in eternal search for love, preferably the variety that is accompanied by sex The n [...]

    27. Mariel says:
      The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao spoke my language of self consciousness The parts of yourself that you wish weren t there and cannot forget about They could perch on your shoulder like not so polar opposites of shame and pride Maybe not spoken fluently but we could get by and have a nice conversation about all the good stuff like families, books, musics, hopes and disappointments I liked being talked to It means a lot to me to be able to use my own heart and mind and feel something about wh [...]

    28. David says:
      I enjoyed this book a lot, and think it deserves the good reviews it s received I just hadn t expected it to be quite as sad as it was Somehow, it wasn t the obviously depressing aspects e.g the persecution and torture that were routinely practiced under the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic that got to me so much as the smaller stuff The continued failure of the various members of Oscar s family to connect, the accumulated hostility between generations, as well as the meanness an [...]

    29. Nina Rapsodia says:
      Mini review in englishNOTE READ THIS NOVEL IN ENGLISH AKA THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE DO IT OR YOU WILL LOOSE A LOT OF IDIOMATIC JOKES and ALL the good stuff.Said this, I can definitely say that I am to be declared as Junot Diaz fan Because I heard about this novel before it was assigned as class reading at uni It never ceased to amaze me by the different narrative voices, the words used of dominican spanish that the writing style includes and all the footnotes that the book have They are in there and [...]

    30. Abby says:
      This book was kind of disappointing It had a lot of pages I d have to go check to see how many for sure, but only about 83 of them were actually necessary for the story The rest of it was just filler swear words and phrases in Spanish that I didn t understand Oh yeah, also references to nerdy things that I ve never heard of, like fantasy movies and famous sci fi books Because I of course, am the epitome of not nerdy The whole book swore and swore and swore like a swearing sailor, and then every [...]

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