The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao: A Review

Junot Diaz's The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao

Title:  The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao
Author:  Junot Diaz
Published:  September 6, 2007
Publishing Company:  Riverhead Books
Page Count:  335

Summary via Goodreads
Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd, a New Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fukú — the ancient curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still dreaming of his first kiss, is only its most recent victim - until the fateful summer that he decides to be its last.

My Thoughts
I absolutely loved this book to the moon and back!  I read this while vacationing in San Francisco two years ago and couldn't put it down.  Even thought it is interspersed with Spanish (of which I have a very limited vocabulary), I was able to follow along and fully appreciate Oscar's story.  Oscar becomes one of those characters who you fall in love with immediately.  He has this innate ability to endear himself with readers; such a wonderful character.  You really feel for his plight (both in terms of his obesity and his quest for love).  He is a character you root for despite knowing how his story will end.  So wonderfully written!

Five stars on Goodreads.  This is a fantastic book!

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