Review: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Grown Up Book Reports

oscar waoI have been waiting a while to read this, probably ever since I first heard of it. It had a lot of hype surround it, and author Junot Diaz was touted as some kind of living writing god.

My thoughts: it’s good, but didn’t live up to my high expectations.

I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I:

  1. Knew more Spanish words so I could understand the frequent forays into Spanglish (I did learn some slang words from this book, though!)
  2. Had more of an interest in the historical stuff about the Dominican Republic.

That being said, it was definitely fresh and cool and everything that people said it would be. The voice narrating the story, which I think turns out to be Oscar’s sister Lola’s sometime boyfriend, talks to the reader like it’s his bro, and they’re maybe sitting over a drink while he’s telling this friend about…

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