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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
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Oct 01, 2010

it was amazing
Read in August, 2010

Great book! Oscar is a heavy-set geeky NJ character, who is drowning in his own world of geekiness, obesity, and frustrated family. He is a true romantic, and even beyond. His Dominican Republic background colors the stories and small asides from the author. Interesting history notes too, if you don't know squat about the DR like me. The book reminds me of "100 years of Solitude" in that the element of magical realism can be felt at times, and the curse that exists in the family (depends if you believe in said "curse") is passed down. Each of Oscar's family has a wonderful back story, and the narrator is a surprise at the end. A great ending, with a lasting impression in such a skinny book. Helps if you know Spanish though!

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