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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
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Jan 21, 09

really liked it
Read in August, 2008

Over the past summer I took to scrolling through the Pulitzer prize web site and selected books based on what was available at the library, or what story lines I thought I could easily enjoy. A fat kid with no love life? Sold! This is one wild story though, with a narrator that seems kind of "hey, who are you?" and a touchingly different organization of all the lives bumping into each other. The narrator is basically telling a family story...for a family he doesn't even belong to, but that he happened to bump into and briefly be a part of. For all the beauty and humor in this book, the violence and horror also described will be hard to revisit. It was the kind of telling that swirls around in your mind weeks after reading. And it's a horrible truth, people vs people kind of devilry. That aside, I enjoyed how it mixed life with lore into one reality...or maybe vice versa.

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