The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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This is a story of marginalisation: marginalisation of Dominican immigrants in the United States, their marginalisation at home under the Trujillo dictatorship, and Oscar’s personal marginalisation from, well, pretty much everybody! By interrupting…
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Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. 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 generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo 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 love.




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About Junot Diaz

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Junot Díaz es el autor de una colección de relatos Negocios, y sus obras han aparecido en New Yorker, The Paris Review, y la antología de los mejores relatos breves Best American Short Stories. Ha recibido el Premio Pen/ Malamud, el Premio de Ficción del National Books Critics Circle, el Premio Anisfield-Wolf y el Premio Pulitzer de Ficción. Nació en Santo Domingo, República Dominicana, creció en Nueva Jersey, y vive entre Nueva York y Boston, donde es editor de ficción de la revista Boston Review y profesor en la universidad MIT.
 
Published September 6, 2007 by Riverhead Books. 364 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kat Kiddles on Jan 12 2012

This is a story of marginalisation: marginalisation of Dominican immigrants in the United States, their marginalisation at home under the Trujillo dictatorship, and Oscar’s personal marginalisation from, well, pretty much everybody! By interrupting…

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