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DOWNLOAD Ã 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 Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J R R Tolkien and most of all of finding love BuNg 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 by Junot Díaz 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 rideAs 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 will not end well The imagery foreshadowing and character development is on point rich with emotion and passion You will fall in love with Oscar knowing all the while he is so very different from you but so very similar at the same time You will suffer the torture and experience the pain he feelsBut in the end you accept what has happened despite the heartbreak and sadness that comes with it I am better man having read about Oscar than I was before About Me For those new to me or my reviews here's the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you'll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by


S to the Fukœ 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 renderi. 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 many places Granted I have no Spanish language background so there were some important places in the novel where I couldn't get the total meaning of the sentences but I thought Diaz's reliance on slang collouialism arose out of laziness than from the narrative voice which was often sloppy There are multiple narrators and they mostly talk in the same voice with the same elements of short humor pithy street wisdom offered The story was just as diappointing There were efforts made at epic storytelling here tackling the Trujillo dictatorship of the Dominican and its spiritual ramifications on the generations of the de Leon family But when you boil this thing down it's just the story of a loser teenager trying to get laid And there aren't any characters who raise the level of discussion Besides Oscar his mother's trying to get laid his sister's trying to get laid and so it seems the essence of the Dominican character is about getting laid Maybe it's honest but it's not saying much about their culture relevance It was hard for me to take away any large messages from this book when it operates from such a crude fundamental pointI give it two stars only because Diaz seems to have a knack for narrative the plot is well constructed even if it is slight irrelevant and there are a few characters who will remain in my mind

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoThings 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 thank. 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 naturallyReview 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 well known short story into a 350 page novel Imagine if before Macomber is accidentally shot by his wife on that safari Hemingway decided to pad the narrative with a couple hundred pages about Macomber's mother sister and grandfather tangents that only serve to betray the proper focus of the story its title and the reader's trustThat in short is what Junot Diaz has done with The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Riverhead Books 2495 a short story he wrote for the New Yorker in 2000 and which in novel form devotes pages to the title character's extended family and it's so called curse or fuku than it does to the fat girl challenged nerdy writer who loves “The Lord of the Rings trilogy and aspires to be the Dominican Tolkien Diaz now 38 burst on the literary scene in 1996 with his well received collection of short stories Drown which critics and readers both loved I've been meaning to read it for some time and when I learned he was coming out with a novel I figured the timing was perfect I'd sample his lone collection of short stories get a flavor for his style and then progress to the novel Unfortunately the library's sole copy has been checked out for weeks so I didn't get to read Drown before experiencing The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao which happens to be one of the most erratic ill conceived and annoying books I've ever encounteredThe book begins with short lived promise We meet dorky Oscar as a high school sopho living in Paterson NJ with his mother Belicia; his sister Lola; and his heroin addicted uncle who plays a minor insignificant role The mother had been born in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic but immigrated to the United States in the early 1960s The kids' father whom she met on the plane to the states took off a long time ago and the story of his flight from domesticity is about the only case of love gone bad that isn't described in excruciating detail in this bookCrazy love is the family's curse or fuku which is the superstitious element of magical realism that threads through the novelNo matter what its name or provenance it is believed that the arrival of Europeans on Hispaniola unleashed the fuku on the world and we've all been in the bleep ever since says the sometime narrator Yunior the onetime boyfriend of Oscar's sister whose name and identity won't be revealed until halfway through the book and for no other reason than Diaz wants to torture his readers That's the only reason I could glean anywaySo Oscar's personal fuku is that he loves girls but they don't love him And basically they don't love him because he doesn't look like Enriue Iglesias To hear Diaz tell it Oscar's the only Dominican who doesn'tHad none of the Higher Powers of your typical Dominican male couldn't have pulled a girl if his life depended on it Couldn't play sports for bleep dominoes was beyond uncoordinated threw a ball like a girl Had no knack for music or business or dance no hustle no rap no G And most damning of all no looks He wore his semi kink hair in a Puerto Rican afro rocked enormous Section 8 glassessported an unappealing trace of mustache on his upper lip and possessed a pair of close set eyes that made him look somewhat retardedYunior goes on Perhaps if he'd been like me he'd been able to hide his otakuness maybe bleep would have been easier for him but he couldn't Dude wore his nerdiness like a Jedi wore his light saber or a Lensman her lens Couldn't have passed for Normal if he'd wanted toAt this point we don't who the narrator is or what his relationship to Oscar might be Truthfully wanting to know does help drag the reader through the novel But learning the identity isn't ultimately rewarding; it's annoyingEarly on the forward momentum of the novel stalls and the narrative flashes back in time and focuses on Lola the sister and how she ran away from home in the 1990s; and then to the mother Belicia and how she was a star crossed lover herself in the Dominican Republic The mother's section of the book lasts 90 pages and covers the years 1955 1962 A wise reader would have uit the 335 page book at this point because The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao had morphed into The Bloated Family Background of Oscar Wao But I read on waiting for it to get better Unfortunately it never did and the reasons seem clearNot only is the narrative timeline all over the place but important information be it dialogue or exposition is often relayed in Spanish Now I took two semesters of the language in college and yet I had no idea what characters were saying in many parts because context didn't lend hints If Diaz is aiming this book towards a bilingual audience then so be it But how difficult would it have been to translate the Spanish in footnotes The book is already rife with footnotes anyway which mainly serve to explain the history of the brutal dictatorship of Trujillo in the Dominican Republic Throw a gringo a boneIn describing how Belicia Oscar's mother had developed a brash attitude as a teenager while living in the Dominican Republic with her adoptive mother La Inca Diaz writes Those of you who have stood at the corner of 142nd and Broadway can guess what it was she spoke the blunt irreverent cant of the pueblo that gives all dominicanos cultos nightmares on their 400 thread count sheets and that La Inca had assumed perished along with Beli's first life in Outer Azua but here it was so alive it was like it had never left Oye pariguayo y ue paso con esa esposa tuya Gordo no me digas ue tu todavia tienes hambreUh no comprende amigoA lack of Spanish skills won't be the only thing that keeps you from enjoying this book Beyond its organizational problems the literary devices in play the magical realism the comic book references and the fat supposedly lovable title character make the book feel derivative of Jorge Luis Borges Michael Chabon The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay and A Confederacy of DuncesTowards the end of the novel Yunior the narrator is describing Oscar's last great love a semi retired prostitute named Ybon He says I know I've thrown a lot of fantasy and sci fi in the mix but this is supposed to be a true account of the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Can't we believe that an Ybon can exist and that a brother like Oscar might be due a little luck after twenty three yearsThis is your chance If blue pill continue If red pill return to the MatrixToo bad that offer came so late on page 285 Do yourself a favor and take the red pill now Return to the Matrix and don't read this book