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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
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May 17, 2008

it was amazing
Read in January, 2008

What is it about this novel that still haunts the reader? It is rich in history and street culture. You want the virginal and alternative Osacar de Leon to escape the fuqú curse, flourish, and treat a woman the way he has always wanted to. This is a devastating story that practically gives reason for religion to believe and pray for a change of luck. Why does evil survive as the good gets massacred? I read this a while ago, and found some of the machismo, the misogeny, the language extreme, but this book does not want to be subtle. It is a captivating tragedy of modern-day Dominicans that cannot escape their destiny. It is an amazing piece of contemporary literature.

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