The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Downloadable Audiobook - 2007
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This is the long-awaited first novel from one of the most original and memorable writers working today. 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 Fukœ--the curse that has haunted the 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. D'az 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 wonderous life of Oscar Wao confirms Junot D'az as one of the best and most exciting voices of our time.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2007
ISBN: 9781415941959
Additional Contributors: Davis, Jonathan


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Aug 22, 2016

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao defies categorization, and simply needs to be read slowly, digested and embraced.

Oscar is nerd and anti-hero. Appealingly outrageous, in the vein of Ignatius Reilly. Yunior, the often unreliable narrator, serves as both storyteller and teacher. Yunior is deceptively ingenuous; not just an observer, he is another "Child of Trujillo" and is central to the action of the plot.

This audiobook includes the early anthology Drown, stories which also feature Yunior. These stories are uneven in quality--certainly not as adept as the near-flawless Oscar Wao. "Negocios" stands out; it approaches novella length and presents a haunting and nuanced account of Yunior's father and his search for wealth.

Jonathan Davis delivers an amazing performance on the audio. His Spanish seems very close to native, which adds to the power of this book.


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