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March 8th, 2019

Stars: 4.5 / 5

Recommendation: Yes, I would say pick it up, for a dose of reality through the eyes of people who have seen life with hardships yet find their zone and live on.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a 2007 novel written by Dominican American author Junot Diaz. Published in September of 2007, the novel is primarily set in Paterson, New Jersey, in the mid-seventies to late-eighties, chronicling the life of Oscar De Leon and also about the curse that has been plaguing his family for generations. The novel won the author a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Critics Circle Award in 2008, among other awards.

Oscar De Leon aka Oscar Wao, is a Dominican American overweight boy, who is a nerdy guy always lost in his books of science fiction and fantasy novels. All he ever wants is a person to love, find true love. Apart from being obsessed with these, he is also obsessed with the curse that has been plaguing his family for generations, fuku. 

The entire plot is narrative style with narrations given by many characters in the book, some as first person narration by that character or second person narrative about the main character through that character's view point. It floats between New Jersey in US and Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic, between past and present - as much as present the book is set in.

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