Book Review: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Synopsis: ” This is the long-awaited first novel from one of the the most original and memorable writers working today. Things have never been easy for Oscar a sweet but disastrously overweight, ghetto nerd, a New Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican JRR Tolkien and most of all finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku’ the ancient curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents and above all ill fated love. Oscar, still dreaming of his first kiss, has become its most recent victim, until the fateful summer he decides it will be its last.( Source

My impressions:

Oscar believes his family is cursed. His mother, Belicia, has survived atrocities she almost didn’t speak of again. His sister, Lola a constant runaway. How else do you explain being a male born into a culture that bases your manhood on having sex. Which Oscar hasn’t had yet. A male virgin in this scenario ,is like a modern-day pariah. Oscar has what I call built in female repellant ; his intense interest of comic books. This may be cute on The Big Bang Theory, but in real life—not so much. When I found out this book won the Pulitzer Prize(2008). This book would be the beginning of my new interest/fixation with Junot Diaz. He would later become one of my favorite authors after I read ” Drown” and “This Is How You Lose Her”. So what is it that drew me in? Besides his good looks, boyfriend is like fire, in the literary sense. I mean he could be a cross-eyed knuckle dragger, and I would still be about that writing. He has this raw, gritty way of telling his stories, they are hauntingly beautiful. Reading this book was like finding a diamond in the garbage dump. I just didn’t expect to find something that substantial. I may be a little jaded about books that are a commercial success, but may not have the depth I am looking for. If it were possible to give this book 7 stars I would so the best I can do is give it 5 stars and add it to my permanent collection


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