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La breve y maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao

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  • Posted October 21, 2008

    Muy interesante! no te puede faltar

    Escuche de esta novela en un show de tv Dominicano y me parecio muy interesante al escuchar al autor Junior Diaz describiendolo. Es un libro impresionante con un estilo unico. Une la cultura Dominicana y Americana de una manera muy original. Te hace reir a carcajadas al recordar tantas cosas de tu infancia y a la vez llorar por lo dramatico del drama. Tambien, es un libro que relata un poco de la historia Dominicana de una manera bien cingular. Lo recomiendo grandemente.<BR/>Bravo por Diaz!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009


    This is a masterpiece of our times. You can read it in English, but it has also the Spanish version.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

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    This novel won the Pulitzer Price and offers a unique vision of the immense capacity of humans to persevere and risk everything for the sake of love. It was a pleasure to read and I thank Mr. Díaz for his gift to the world.

    This is the wonderful tale of the short and wonderful life of Óscar de León, A. K. A. Óscar Wao, thus named because when he attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick on his third year he dressed as Dr. Who for a Halloween party and the Dominicans in the school tried to associate him with the homosexual Oscar Wild-which they pronounced as Wao, so the name stuck.

    The book has three parts each with chapters. The chapters are self enclosed "novellas" that could stand alone-as a matter of fact, for the fun of it they can be read in the order written or in the chronology of what they tell. Sort of like "Rayuela" by the Argentinean Julio Cortázar, which invites the reader to choose between a linear and a non-linear mode of reading.

    The narrator introduces the reader to the curse called "fukú," especially associated with the Trujillo dictatorship, vs. Zafa the antidote to the curse. Unfortunately, Óscar Wao's story is dominated by the first.

    The first "novella" The ghetto's-at the end of the world-nerd 1974 - 1987, introduces us to Óscar at age seven, and his blessed childhood when he was a womanizer having up to two girlfriends at a time. He chooses Maritza Chacón over Olga Polanco and then the fukú takes hold. Maritza drops him for Nelson Pardo, so he starts eating-to the point that he is a huge person and hides in his books and science fiction becoming the biggest nerd in the world-persecuting women to no avail.

    The second "novella" Wildwood 1982 - 1985, deals with Lola, Óscar's sister and her rebellious nature against her dominating mother. She goes through several sexual escapades culminating in Santo Domingo where she falls for a married ganster-who's very jealous wife almost kills her in a sugar cane plantation, brought back to life by her Aunt La Inca: Myotís Altagracia Toribio Cabral.

    The third "novella" The three misfortunes of Belicia Cabral 1955 - 1962, deals with the life of Hypatía Belicia Cabral, Óscar's mother. We see her at age 13, working with her aunt-La Inca-at her bread shop, sleeping together in the same bed, until Belicia develops a stupendous body and the same fights that she had with her daughter are now seen with her adoptive mother. At age 15, she escapes her mother and goes to work for Juan Then in a Chinese restaurant. Her figure, wits and savvy make the Chinese restaurant a success. Like her daughter she falls for one of Trujillo's married gangsters and like her daughter the wife, orders her killed and she ends in another sugar cane plantation, but survives and La Inca nourishes her back to life.

    The fourth "novella" Sentimental Education 1988-1992 is narrated by Junior (Yuni) and tells us about the four years Óscar spent at Rutgers University in New Brunswick-his inability to find women and how he gets his nickname. At one point Yuni informs Óscar one of my favorite lines of the novel: "It goes against the laws of nature that a Dominican will die without having sex at least once." p. 185

    The fifth "novella" Poor Abelard 1944-1946 tells us the background of the family. Dr. Abelardo Luis Cabral a famous surgeon and rich merchant. He had two daughters. He enjoyed a prominent life; had servants and several homes. He had a wife, Socorro, two daughters Jacquelyn and Astrid, and a lover, Lydia. Unfortunately the "fukú" takes hold of the family when Jacquelyn develops into a beauty. You see, in Tr

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  • Posted June 30, 2010

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    How many times can u say the N word?

    I found the language irritating and so disconnected. How many times can you say the N word? I if you like fiction that is so disconnected from reality this book for you.

    The pronunciation and spelling of the N word is very different in the hood.

    Google it!!!

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    Posted October 23, 2008

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