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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
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Jul 25, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: geekdom, literature, myth, politics, history
Recommended to Charissa by: Pulitzer
Recommended for: lovers of great writing
Read in July, 2008

This story took me completely by surprise. Who would have thought I would feel such affinity for a young Dominican American boy from New Jersey? Junot Diaz won my heart over and over, and then broke it over and over. I have a whole new appreciation for Alfonso, who this book was apparently written for. And, as happened when I read 'Angela's Ashes', I am left feeling that life has given me precious little to complain about. No small feat sometimes.

I am still, however, wondering... how should I pronounce 'fuku'?
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Sandi The letter "u" in Spanish is pronounced like the vowel sound in "shoe". Therefore, the word should be pronounced "foo koo". But, the author does make note of the similarity to the profanity that I'm sure you picked up on.

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Petra X lol@Sandi.

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