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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


O Domingo to the USA Encapsulating Dominican American history The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere and risk it all in the name of lo. 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

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoCan JRR Tolkien and most of all finding love But Oscar may never get what he wants Blame the fukú a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar ePUB #10003 generations The Brief PDFEPUB or following them on their epic journey from Sant. 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 reviewOh 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 I like Talks about books that I like and has an unhealthy Tolkien obsession almost as big as mine I didn’t like it when he was hating on Magic The Gathering but whatever I know how different strategy nerds get really aggressive when talking about games they don’t like he eats platano Mucho mucho platano And god damn it I love platanos too With cebollitas and ueso frito He has a fuku almost as bad as mine I disagree with him when he compares Balaguer to one of the Ring Wraths I think it was the witch king I think if we are going to talk about dominican culture in LOTR terms Trujillo was Morgoth and Balaguer was Sauron there is a part on the Silmarillion when after the fall of Morgoth –yes I used the Noldor name fuck off Sauron escapes and they said that he gets to be as evil as his master oh god I need a life so badly anyway this book has anime DD Tolkien Dr Who platanos Dominican mother’s makes one want to kill one self voodoo Love I mean all the good stuff