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

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2009-books, fiction-pulitzer-prize-winning-book

A stereotype that's long running is the Machismo of Latin Males. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is the story of a Dominican Republican Ghetto Nerd whose sole purpose is to get laid. However, if that were the whole book, I would've lost interest in the first 100 pages as Oscar is a bit like Ignatious from a Confederacy of Dunces-Not particularly enjoyable, engaging but lacking the fascination of Kennedy's writing. A Brief Wondrous Life becomes fascinating and a must read when the author starts telling to story of Oscar Wao's mother and sister. Needless to say, the book is an exploration of women and a cock-eyed celebration of women. One that absolutely deserves it's Pulitzer Prize place in American Literature.

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