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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

I've just finished Junot Diaz's

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book The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. It's hard to describe how much I loved this book - if you haven't read it yet, it's a real treat.

It's an immigrant family saga filled with torture, tragic accidents and ill-starred loved. The main character, Oscar, is a sci-fi, comic book loving, overweight geek obsessed with girls. This excerpt from the book describes him well: "Dude wore his nerdiness like a Jedi wore his lightsaber or a Lensman her lens."

The book is mostly narrated by Oscar's sister's ex-boyfriend. It shifts back and forth in time and between the family's life in New Jersey and the Dominican Republic. We learn about Oscar and his quests for love, his mother, Beli, and her brutal childhood and his sister, Lola. It's a hilarious and tragic story laced with the Dominican Republic's fascinating and brutal history under the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo.

The book mixes Spanish with English freely and doesn't offer translations, but if you don't understand, don't let it discourage you. It's a gem of a book.

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