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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
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Mar 18, 2009

really liked it
Read in March, 2009

This book tracks the history of a family from the Dominican Republic to the states. It addresses the way the family was affected through generations by the Trujillo regime, which gave me a good and unexpected dose of history. I loved the "fuku curse" fantasy/superstition that tied the whole thing together. I also thought Diaz did a great job of weaving in the Spanish slang, which for the most part I could understand in context (though I did keep my phone nearby for quick translations). And, to top it off, it's a pretty intense love story! That's how it reminded me a bit of The Time Traveler's Wife.

P.S.: I read Junot Diaz's Drown in college, and though I don't remember much about it now, I remember liking it as well.

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