The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao


  • Author : Junot Daz
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 339
  • ISBN 10 : 9781594483295


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Book Description :

Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness. A first novel by the author of the collection, Drown. Reprint.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao


  • Author : Junot Diaz
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release Date : 2008-09-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780571246205


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Book Description :

Things have never been easy for Oscar. A ghetto nerd living with his Dominican family in New Jersey, he's sweet but disastrously overweight. He dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien and he keeps falling hopelessly in love. Poor Oscar may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukú - the curse that has haunted his family for generations. With dazzling energy and insight Díaz immerses us in the tumultuous lives of Oscar; his runaway sister Lola; their beautiful mother Belicia; and in the family's uproarious journey from the Dominican Republic to the US and back. Rendered with uncommon warmth and humour, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a literary triumph, that confirms Junot Díaz as one of the most exciting writers of our time.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Score: 4.5
From 12 Ratings

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao


  • Author : Junot Díaz
  • Publisher : Books on Tape
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 339
  • ISBN 10 : 0525493999


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Book Description :

Read by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony Award(R)-winning creator and star of the musical Hamilton, and Tony Award(R)-winning actress, Karen Olivo. This brilliant narration adds another layer of lyricism and depth to this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic novel. Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar 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 Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim. Diaz immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience - and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss. A true literary triumph, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao confirms Junot Diaz as one of the best and most exciting voices of our time.

A Study Guide for Junot Diaz s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

A Study Guide for Junot Diaz s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao


  • Author : Gale, Cengage Learning
  • Publisher : Gale, Cengage Learning
  • Release Date : 2015-03-13
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 15
  • ISBN 10 : 9781410320407


A Study Guide for Junot Diaz s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Book Description :

A Study Guide for Junot Diaz's "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

A Critical Study of Junot Diaz s the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

A Critical Study of Junot Diaz s the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao


  • Author : Giorgia Scribellito
  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • Release Date : 2014-02-18
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 86
  • ISBN 10 : 1495956377


A Critical Study of Junot Diaz s the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Book Description :

This is a critical study of Junot Díaz 's work The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. It analyses the text from a narratological point of view and it also considers Latino identity in the book. It seeks to answer the questions “Who is Oscar Wao in American Society” and “What did author mean with his figure?”

This Is How You Lose Her
Score: 3.5
From 50 Ratings

This Is How You Lose Her


  • Author : Junot Díaz
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2012-09-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101596951


This Is How You Lose Her Book Description :

Finalist for the 2012 National Book Award A Time and People Top 10 Book of 2012 Finalist for the 2012 Story Prize Chosen as a notable or best book of the year by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The LA Times, Newsday, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, the iTunes bookstore, and many more... "Electrifying." –The New York Times Book Review “Exhibits the potent blend of literary eloquence and street cred that earned him a Pulitzer Prize… Díaz’s prose is vulgar, brave, and poetic.” –O Magazine From the award-winning author, a stunning collection that celebrates the haunting, impossible power of love. On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In a New Jersey laundry room, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness--and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses. In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, these stories lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that “the half-life of love is forever.”

Best African American Fiction 2009
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Best African American Fiction 2009


  • Author : Gerald Lyn Early
  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 316
  • ISBN 10 : 9780553806892


Best African American Fiction 2009 Book Description :

A collection that celebrates the contributions of African-American authors features short stories and novel excerpts by Michael Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie, Stephen Carter, and Christopher Paul Curtis.

Equal Partners in Crime

Equal Partners in Crime


  • Author : Rebecca Mae Holder
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2015
  • Genre: Point of view (Literature)
  • Pages : 38
  • ISBN 10 : OCLC:940110979


Equal Partners in Crime Book Description :

This reading of Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao argues that narrator Yunior's failure to capture the authentic speech of Beli illuminates the failure of narrative generally to speak authentically for the subaltern. The writings of Mikhail Bakhtin, Gayatri Spivak, and Scott McCloud work together to uncover the political and ethical implications of Yunior's willful erasure of Beli's voice. In the sections detailing her early life, Yunior draws attention to the gaps in the information he gives readers and thus reminds them that all narrative excludes and distorts details to fulfill an objective. This reading argues that those gaps of information that Yunior calls "blank pages" function similarly to the gutters in comic books. The gutters Yunior creates force the readers to fill in the blank pages with their own interpretation of events, and, in the end, both Yunior and the readers are complicit in erasing Beli's voice from her story. --Page ii.