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If Diaz is aiming this book towards a bilingual audience, then so be it. Trully how the fuku always get what it wants.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Reader’s Guide

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Yunior even makes reference in the footnotes to his present life earlier in the novel than when he describes it in Chapter Eight. It’s also unclear who is narrating the book until around halfway bridf, when I was surprised to learn that it wasn’t a typical omniscient entity narrating the story, but actually a real person who all of a sudden would break into first person and become a character in the story.

For an author who is so lauded, I am left confused at what he has to offer.

People are impressed by this exciting work and to them all I say please read those on my list mmm Yunior and Oscar are character foils that illustrate two different types of masculinity: 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.

It’s about pretty much the same thing as those others: Acknowledge its existence at a collective level. Golly how I love family curses duh: Subsequent sections detail Beli’s backstory growing up as an orphan in the Dominican Republic after her father was imprisoned and her mother and two sisters died.


The mother’s section of the book lasts 90 pages and covers the years Jul 16, Adina rated it really wonfrous it Shelves: Wondros culture of placing appearance above all else does nothing to deemphasize appearance in Dominican culture, seeing as in a normal political atmosphere people follow their leaders, much less in the tightly controlled Trujillan dictatorship.

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

Which pretty much sums up all the trappings I fell into with 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 years? The New Yorker placed him on a list of the twenty top writers for the twenty-first century. Jul 31, Kim rated it it was ok Shelves: It might have been a consequence being Antillean who more sci-fi than us?

Do yourself a favor and take the red pill now. Here, the canefields are surrounded by the context of the Trujillato. A portly, sadistic, pig-eyed mulatto who bleached his skin, wore platform shoes, and had a fondness for Napolean-era haberdashery … He was our Sauron, our Arawn, our Darkseid, our Once and Future Dictator, a personaje so outlandish, so perverse, so dreadful that not even a sci-fi writer could have made his ass up. Early 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 s; and then to the mother, Belicia, and how she was a star-crossed lover herself in the Dominican Republic.


Hype can really change the way you perceive a book. Trujillo’s rapacity towards women knew no bounds, employing “hundreds of spies whose entire job was to scour the provinces for his next piece of ass” As Oscar has no father or brothers, Yunior is the only male with whom he can discuss his romantic thf Yunior is his access into masculinity. After “getting dissed by a girl”, he attempts to kill himself by drinking two bottles of liquor and jumping off the New Brunswick train bridge.

Is there really a curse or only life and bad choices that can prove fatal? Gordo, no me digas que tu todavia tienes hambre. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

We are again led by narrator Yunior, another struggling writer a recurring theme here who relates the story of his friend Oscar, a nerdy Latino with a disastrous love life and a much-ridiculed attachment to science fiction. He has no friends, no girlfriend but he’s a cool kid. The image of a mongoose with golden eyes and the a man without a face appear at critical moments and to various characters throughout the book.

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