Christopher Tayler is impressed by Junot Díaz’s ingenious first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. In “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” Díaz, the author of a book of sexy, diamond-sharp stories called “Drown,” shows impressive. Winner of: The Pulitzer Prize The National Book Critics Circle Award The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award The Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize A Time Magazine.

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This is all I got!!! The novel contains significant exposition on Oscar’s family history. Throughout the novel, violence is transmitted from the system of hunot and dictators to the domestic sphere and perpetuated through the generations. Out Stealing Horses Ann Patchett: In chapter two, Lola narrates her own story from the first person.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Oscar lives with his mother and sister in the ghetto of Paterson, New Jersey, and the novel is as much their story as it is his. Oscar simply got under my skin, tight and secretive as a plot. Even after death his evil lingered.

Tthe novel is peppered with them, as any well-respecting Screed of Nerd should be. It was always a part of their identity, and a loud part at that, even when they hated it they wanted you to know they hated it.

He gulps down fear of rejection and his tremendous vulnerabilities and puts himself at risk with reckless abandon in a daredevil quest to find love, to feel joined to another human being, to project his long denied humanity in another person. Okay, LOTR wasn’t that bad.

They felt so strongly about this that Yunior, offering his own opinion, comments “I doubt anybody inside the family wanted her to live, either” A Dominican-American growing up in Paterson, New Jersey, during the 80s, he’s hampered by his counter-stereotypical nerdiness as well as problems of race and class.


A Visit from the Good Sqad Wojdrous. February Learn how and when to remove this template message. Oscar’s speech reflects an autodidactic language based on his knowledge of fantasy, ‘nerd’ literature and lire speech is filled with phrases such as “I think she’s orchidaceous” [13] and “I do not move so precipitously”, [13] whereas Yunior “affects a bilingual b-boy flow” wonddrous and intersperses it with literary language.

There was the initial euphoria of finding himself alone at college, free of everything, completely on his fucking own, and with it an optimism that here among these thousands o young people he would find someone like him. Such was the case with ‘ The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao ‘, a great book that I enjoyed immensely, but left my world-view more or less intact.

Lovers of footnotes and silenced history. From what I’ve gathered in other reviews, Diaz is apparently setting up some wondrouw between all these family members, but at that point I couldn’t care less.

Empire Falls Alice Munro: Let’s hope we don’t need to wait another decade before we get a sequel. Bashful, precocious, overweight, Oscar is “a hardcore sci-fi and fantasy man”, well versed in “Japanimation” and Marvel comics lore. Other readers, however, reject the inclusion of this novel in the “magic realism” genre, which includes explicitly supernatural works by Murakami, Calvino, Kundera and Marquez, on the grounds that the “magic” in “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” is family folklore, and not a necessary plot element.

It’s horribly sad on so many levels, and Diaz makes it sting all the harder with his vivid details, crushing turns of phrase and a memorable first person voice that plays with the art of storytelling in a narrative voice that is lucid, full of gallows humor and unsentimental about his deeply flawed, deeply scarred family.


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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

dizz Diaz, now 38, burst on the literary scene in with his well-received collection of short stories, “Drown,” which critics and readers both loved. Beli desired the same romantic experience as Oscar, despising school in her early years from being “completely alone” Oftentimes I shelf a book on my did-not-finish shelf and think maybe someday I may return to it, but not this.

It did have Viggo. Refresh and try again.

I like his voice and his struggles with his macho ways, so I aim to read it and a science fiction novel under construction. Oscar lives his life surrounded by the culture of fantasy and as Oscar describes them, “the more speculative genres”, [19] and the language of these cultures sao strewn throughout the book along with Spanish. It was hard for me to take away any large messages from this book when it operates from such a crude fundamental point.

He’s a pitiful-but-hopeful loser we can all relate to, even the Prom Kings and Queens among us who might just be the loneliest kids in school. He actually reminded me of all the odd computer science and mechanical engineering majors from my undergrad.