Performed in Spanish with English supertitles. He dreams of becoming the Dominican J. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. See it if you would enjoy a contemporary story filled with great characters dealing with life. Don't see it if you do not understand Spanish are not familiar with the story - it is impossible to keep up with the supertitles due to the volume.
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See Featured Authors Answering Questions. Answered Questions Do you think this book was good enough to warrant the high accolades it went on to receive? Gabriela Yes. Because Diaz has no difficulty from weaving a comprehensible story from two languages without making you want to check a dictionary. Because the …more Yes. Because the story of Oscar's life is nothing without the background remembrance of Abelard, Beli, Lola wondrous' lives.
Because you can't figure out from sentence 2 who narrates this book and this gives the book that je ne sais quoi that keep you going. Because there are far too many atrocities committed by dictators all over the world that we have no clue about and that we are bound to know and to prevent from happening.
And also because it's not our duty to decide whether one author or the other deserve the awards they receive - what makes you feel like you're qualified to judge upon this?! Who narrates the first section, Oscars childhood and teen years?
There are some times when the narrator slips into first person, suggesting that there is some relationship to Oscar and his family.
Gabriela This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [As discovered by mid-section of the book, the narrator is Yunior, a guy who's into Lola and ends up being Oscar's bf. Dhruv Kandhari Junot Diaz has given voice to a new continent and has given a breath of fresh air to the phenomenon of The Great American Novel. To get more info http …more Junot Diaz has given voice to a new continent and has given a breath of fresh air to the phenomenon of The Great American Novel.
Is any of the story set in the Dominican Republic? In , my book club is choosing books set in countries other than the US. A couple of us would like to nominate this for a future read if it meets our criteria. Lauren Franze Yes, about a third is set in DR. I'm a highly sensitive person and don't do well reading books with violence, graphic descriptions of medical issues, or sex scenes.
Thanks for the heads up! No spoilers, please! Maxine I would most definitely rate it "R", for both language and adult situations, and there's also more than a little violence. It's a worthy book, but mig …more I would most definitely rate it "R", for both language and adult situations, and there's also more than a little violence. It's a worthy book, but might be better avoided by very sensitive readers.
Load 5 more questions. Unanswered Questions 4. In an interview Diaz said this - 'Each of the family members is explicitly linked to one of the Four—Oscar is the Thing, Abelard is Mr.
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Narrated by multiple characters, the novel incorporates a significant amount of Spanglish and neologisms, as well as references to fantasy and science fiction books and films. The middle sections of the novel center on the lives of Oscar's runaway sister, Lola; his mother, Hypatia Belicia Cabral; and his grandfather, Abelard. Rife with footnotes, science fiction and fantasy references, comic book analogies, and various Spanish dialects, the novel is also a meditation on story-telling, the Dominican diaspora and identity, sexuality, and oppression. Most of the story is told by an apparently omniscient narrator who is eventually revealed to be Yunior de Las Casas , a college roommate of Oscar's who dated Lola. Oscar desperately wants to be successful with women but, from a young age, is unable to find love, largely because he is a nerd obsessed with science fiction and comic books. His great fear is that he will die a virgin.
ISBN 13: 9781436153232
See Featured Authors Answering Questions. Answered Questions Do you think this book was good enough to warrant the high accolades it went on to receive? Gabriela Yes.
La breve y maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao
Humorous and heartbreaking story of the ultimate in contradictions: a nerdy sci-fi loving chunky Dominican from Jersey, impossibly inept with the ladies yet always falling in love. This story follows our hero Oscar, interweaving his story with that of his grandparents and mother with their lives in the DR, as well as his sister and best friend and their lives in New Jersey and elsewhere. Fascinating, with lots of interspersed Dominican history and the realities and aftermath of the brutal Trujillo regime of the 's's, as well as plenty of nerdy sci-fi references. Rocky, brave, and ultimately tragic--an engrossing story, beautifully written in the way that only Latin authors have. For someone over forty, this tale of Oscar Wao's adolescent angst is like listening to the latest rap or indie music. If you have the patience and respect to listen long enough, it may begin to sound right, even good.