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Retrieved December 12, Picture us reading at a restaurant. To ask other readers questions about La maravillosa vida breve de Oscar Waoplease sign up. Maybe it was that I could never figure out who the hell was narrating the damn chapters. It’s a worthy book, maravilloa …more I would most definitely rate it “R”, for both language and adult situations, and there’s also more than a little violence. She works in the with a bakery business while living under the strict but loving regime of an aunt, with no knowledge of who her real father.

View all 36 comments. For example, when Beli is beaten in the canefield, a “creature that would have been an amiable mongoose if not for its odcar lion eyes and the absolute black of its pelt” [25] motivates Beli and sings to her to guide her out of the canefield. This was just a really brilliant story told through an interesting narrator, equal parts educational and tragic.

The spanish in this book reflects the immigrant experience.

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As written in footnotes, the Mirabal sisters were murdered there, too. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I know of men that do not go to business dinners with women because they are afraid they will be accused of sexual harassment.

Beli understood maravillos advantageous appearance is in the social situations of the Dominican Republic, but not until she had undergone major physical and psychological changes.

You knew right away that this was no ordinary story. I was excited as this guy and I shared a love for geekdom. I recognized the maraivllosa cover from work and said, “There’s a comic connection in there? Why the long wait? Oscar Wao also oscillates between English and Spanish. The stories here are as real as they are surreal.

But somehow Oscar is able to achieve a meaningful platonic relationship with a popular student he is smitten with, something his roommate has failed through his typical Don Juan type of pursuit.


Oscar in his twenties ends up teaching high school English in Paterson, maravillpsa in his despair he seeks more of his roots and identity and comes to spend more and more time in DR on breaks or summers. The gist of what the Spanglish phrases mean is pretty easy to pick up, and for those readers who absolutely have to know what guapa or chuleria mean…well, an English-Spanish dictionary is as close as the internet. Everybody noticed his lack of game and because they were Dominican everybody talked about it.

It’s almost not fair, the way we build up these books, or movies, or other pop-culture phenomenon as the new best thing ever, because we set up a culture of expectations to which nothing could ever live up.

His culture of placing appearance woa all else does nothing to deemphasize appearance in Dominican culture, seeing as in a normal political atmosphere people follow their leaders, much less in the tightly controlled Trujillan dictatorship.

Otherwise you have to work at it- and honestly, it isn’t that hard if you try a little and use your context clues- you’ll get a lot of it, and if you don’t, you’ll get the gist, believe me. Retrieved December 14, The beginning of chapter two also features the use of second person narration, rarely used in literature.


How fucking distracting, yo. I’ve been meaning to read it for some time, and when I learned he was coming out with a novel, I figured the timing was perfect: Maybe it was my utter lack of knowledge about the political turmoil that is the Dominican Republic in the s. As the title suggests, maraillosa is brevity to Oscar Wao’s life.

Just be a smart bookish boy of color in a contemporary U. I will not say more because I should not write about the author’s personal life but, in general, I think this metoo movement is going way too far and deviates from the original, appreciable objective, which is to denounce sexual predators like Osscar. Will this Dominican superstition obliterate the flickering candle of hope that casts light upon Oscar’s doomed future?

Ybon’s boyfriend, a violent police captain, becomes jealous of Oscar and sends two goons who kidnap Oscar, take him to the sugarcane fields, and beat him into a coma.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The story was just as diappointing. Which brings us to the next point: My life has turned out awesome. It might have been a consequence being Antillean who more sci-fi than us? In this way, zafa can be read as an undoing of colonialism because as fuku brings misery and bad luck, zafa has the potential to foil it and restore a more favorable balance. The critical consensus seemed to be that Junot Diaz is a good writer, and he picked a good story to tell here in his first novel.


Sugar and canefields were so important to the Spanish as they fueled their wealth and the creation of a white elite, fe thus plantation economy, in Hispaniola. But I was lost fo Honestly, if someone had warned me that this book would barrage me, page after page, line after line, clause after clause, with obscure dorky references, Dominican Republican history lessons, and Aao colloquialisms, I may not have picked it up.

People who don’t think they’d like the story of an immigrant family’s journey to the states. Oscar Wao is a modern day tragic maravilllosa, more lovable than Hamlet, and this book is better than black beans and rice with a side of fried yucca. Tolkien dominicano y, por encima de todo, con encontrar el amor lla su vida. Like the de Leon family, the mongoose is an immigrant, an invasive, non-native species. Junot Diaz, through his direct, explanatory writing style, succeeds in giving the readers a precious glimpse at life before and after the dictatorship.

A great darkness descended on the Island and for the third time since the rise of Fidel people were being rounded up by Trujillo’s son, Ramfis, and a good plenty were sacrificed in the most depraved fashion imaginable, the orgy of terror funeral goods for the father from the son. It’s a maravillossa lot of telling without much showing.

The Dirt by Nick Hornby. It never ceased to amaze me by the different narrative voices, the dee used of dominican spanish that the writing style includes and all the footnotes that the book have.

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