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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

A Novel

by Junot Diaz

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2007, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    Sep 2008, 352 pages

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A vibrant, fast-talking, slang-tossing, generation-spanning, name-dropping, foot-noted ride

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a vibrant, fast-talking, slang-tossing, generation-spanning, name-dropping, foot-noted ride, filled with obscure references both high and low brow, multiple narrators, a good dose of Spanish, and a wildly complex and convoluted historical backdrop. And if that description made you wince and cross this book off your list, let me first tell you this: it's also a lot of fun. I didn't expect to like it, didn’t even really want to read it. But ten pages into the first chapter, I was bitten. Absolutely enthralled, I signed on for the rest of the ride. Unlike some other writers that might be lumped into the same stylistic category, Junot Diaz is inclusive, not exclusive. He wants you to join him, wants you to jump in ...

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