The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Firstly, I want to start by saying that if you do not understand Spanish, Spanish slang to be exact, you might not really grasp some of the neat terms used in this book. The story is told in a real New Yorker/Dominican voice - meaning lots of Spanglish. It is very graphic in nature, has a lot of cussing and has some tough patches that were a bit difficult to get through - but were needed to get gist of the story. There were huge footnotes, which tend to distract me, but had a lot of insight on the history of Santo Domingo, D.R. I found it to be hilarious, educational and brimming with "did he just write that" moments.

Oh, and if you were wondering about the title, the title of the book gets its name, from the thick-accented pronunciation of Oscar Wilde, becoming Oscar "Wao."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm reading this for the From the Stacks Challenge too. Great review!

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