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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

In American author, Author, Bestseller, Book, Dominican author, Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize, Reading, Review, World Literature on 14/11/2010 at 14:30
Junot Diaz - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Junot Diaz - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz is about, as you probably would have guessed from the title, the life of Oscar Wao. As a nerdy, fantasy-fan he dreams of being the next J.R.R. Tolkien. The reality however is slightly different; he’s disastrously overweight and he’s living with his cursed Dominican family in New Jersey.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Junot Diaz has an amazing way of writing this story and introducing you to Oscar’s life. While Oscar is the main character of this book, it’s narrated by Yunior – Oscar’s college roommate. Besides sharing the story of Oscar, Diaz cleverly manages to share a bit of information on Dominican history and politics.

Throughout the book the reader is confronted with the ordeals and hardships of an immigrant family, beautifully told in English/Spanish. Oscar and his family have been subjected to Fukú, an ancient curse that has haunted them for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, violent accidents and, above all, ill-starred love.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao has been awarded with the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz was born in 1968 in the Dominican Republic but moved to the United States at the age of five where he lived with his father. Currently, he teaches creative writing at MIT and is also the fiction editor for the Boston Review.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (published in 2007) is his second novel, succeeding his debut novel “Drown” (1996).

Get the book!

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is available at Amazon in both paperback and Kindle version. The book is also available in Spanish (as La Breve y Maravillosa Vida de Oscar Wao), German (as Das kurze wundersame Leben des Oscar Wao) and Dutch (as Het korte maar wonderbare leven van Oscar Wao).

Book details

Title: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Author: Junot Díaz
Country: United States
Language: English, Spanish
Publisher: Riverhead
Publication date: September 6, 2007
Pages: 352 pp
ISBN-10: 0571239730
ISBN-13: 978-0571239733

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