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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
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May 04, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 2011
Read from May 04 to 07, 2011

Couldn't ever get behind this. My biggest beef was the voice never felt authentic. It felt disingenuous, for one. Distracting, for two. There were long sections that bored me and didn't really seem to have much to do with the central narrative. Or anyway with the narrative I was most interested in; Oscar's. Oscar is an engaging character, yes, but the book as a whole just never grabbed me. On a sentence level I'm kind of really surprised it won the Pulitzer. Structurally it totally makes sense. Reminded me of Middlesex, actually, and there's a possible Middlesex reference toward the end. Of which there are like three or five or seven. The final ending didn't sit well with me, plot-wise. No spoilers; I just didn't like it.


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Thing Two Wow. I'm sorry you didn't like this one. I was waiting for a fantastic review from you. I listened to this book on CD when it first came out, and I can still hear the voice of Oscar, and see his 'girlfriend' and his sister, even his mom. The characters stuck with me - still. But, then, I also enjoyed reading "Middlesex", so maybe I found it familiar? Oh, well. Next book?

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