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I was excited as this guy and I shared a love for geekdom. How would the novel have read differently if the content wondgous the odcar had been integrated into the main text?

Garbage This book was recommended to me by my cousin so I thought I would like it. The Savage Detectives Paul Auster: To his way of thinking, there’s no reason to draw an uncrossable line between fiction and memoir, down-at-heel realism and stylistic exuberance, the New Jersey experience and pan-American culture.

Diaz pulls out all the stops in an attempt to tell a all-encompassing story of immigration and assimilation. Diaz replays the highlights of Santo Domingo History in footnotes which annotate the novel.

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View all 12 comments. There are some times when the narrator slips into first person, suggesting that there is some relationship to Oscar and his family. Here’s the review I wrote when it came out. The Pale King J. I especially enjoyed the footnotes. What more fantasy than the Antilles? Trivia About The Brief Wondrou How can a writer be a kind of woondrous


Twice in the novel the mantra “Fear is the mindkiller” is repeated. As for Yunior, Oscar models an owcar form oscat masculinity and ultimately pushes him to reexamine his ideas about manhood. It’s about the damage, the severe PTSD, the small nervous tics, the unexplained emotional fits and cryptic half-stories told to children with something always left out.

Diaz has provided you everything you need, you just need to work at it a bit.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Like it was some sorta secret the story wanted to let the reader in on, that even pretty people feel pain, and in some cases a similar pain to Oscar who was far from pretty. Immigrants straddle two worlds, belong to none and are beset by both.

Thanks to hrief fellow book club member who sacrificed her sanity and DID finish this to warn me away while I still had the chance. Now I can’t imagine how I got along without the wonderful voices and characters Diaz evokes. I’d sample his lone collection of short stories, get a flavor for his style, and then progress to the novel.

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

There’s so much muted heartbreak in the character of Wai, it’s almost physically painful. Rant alert and unpopular opinion about metoo I read a couple of reviews who criticize this novel because it is sexist.


Going into the read knowing this fact makes it even harder to accept as you have little hope that he will survive all that is thrown at him in his early years. Rife with footnotes, science fiction and fantasy references, comic book analogies, and various Spanish dialects, the novel is also a meditation on story-telling, the Dominican diaspora and identity, sexuality, and oppression.

There were a few times where I had to gulp down some lumps in my throat. It’s also good on the weight of history, particularly as it’s brought to bear on the female characters.

From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. Always had a different excuse to not pick it up. There’s a bit of circular logic to this, of course; how are you to know if you’ll enjoy a book unless you start?

His sister’s boyfriend Yunior the narrator of much of the novel moves in with Oscar and tries to help him get in shape and become more “normal”. She was wearing stockings and a lovely pastel cardigan and stared straight ahead with this blank expression.