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La maravillosa vida breve de Óscar Wao

por Junot Díaz

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Una crónica familiar que abarca tres generaciones y dos países, La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao cuenta la historia del gordiflón y solitario Oscar de León en su intento de convertirse en el J.R.R. Tolkien Dominicano y su desafortunada búsqueda del amor. Pero Oscar sólo es la última víctima del fukú--una maldición que durante generaciones ha perseguido a su familia, condenándoles a vidas de tortura, sufrimiento y amor desdichado. Con unos personajes inolvidables y una prosa vibrante e hipnótica, esta novela confirma a Junot Díaz como una de las mejores y más deslumbrantes voces de nuestra época, y nos ofrece una sobrecogedora visión de la inagotable capacidad humana para perseverar y arriesgarlo todo por amor.… (más)
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Award winning, highly praised - so you get beautifully written tragedy and suffering.
A lot of untranslated Spanish. Too much to figure out by the context with my non-existent Spanish. Since I was listening to it, it wasn't practical to stop and look things up.
It is not only Oscar's life, it is his sister, mother, and grandfather. ( )
  nx74defiant | Jan 11, 2022 |
This novel has an energetic distinctive voice that propels you through both interesting characters such as Oscar Wao and his sister and the narrator and less compelling characters such as some of Oscar's extended family, all mixed up with a healthy dose of comic book/fantasy geek lore and Dominican political history. The plot is loose and shaggy and the sprinkling of magical realism elements unfortunate, but Diaz's unique Dominican-American voice kept me involved. ( )
  AlexThurman | Dec 26, 2021 |
I enjoyed this book. It was a book for school, it did take me a bit of time to finish it, and it isn't a book I would normally read on my own time, I did get something out of reading this story. There were many times that I was frustrated at the characters but I really enjoyed reading about them. Oscar in the first part of the book drove me crazy because all he was doing was complaining about how no one would ever date him because he liked nerdy things like Sci-Fi movies, fantasy books, and role-playing games( all things that many girls like) However when more of his family members stories I started to warm up to him and really enjoyed reading about everyone in his family stories and how they were interrelated. I liked the footnotes in this story and the way history of the Dominican Republic is woven into them. I thought all the characters were really well crafted. They all have realistic fatal flaws and I very much felt like I was reading about real people. There were many sentences in this book written in Spanish. I have been taking Spanish in school for a while (I'm not saying I'm great at Spanish or fluent by any means) and that did help a lot when reading the parts in Spanish. I'm sure you could look up a translation but it is something to keep in mind when picking up this book. There was a lot of emotional weight in this book and you really felt for all the characters and for me, that is a sign of a good book. By the end of the book, I found myself really caring about every character and wanting to know more about their back stories. Speaking of backstory, I thought the author did a really good job of teasing the stories of the characters and then picking a really good time to tell the reader the whole story. As soon as I found myself really wondering about a character's backstory, within a few chapters I found out what had happened to the characters in the past and I found all the histories of the characters to be fascinating. Overall this is not the type of book I would normally pick up but I'm glad I did and I really enjoyed it ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
The language put me off quite a lot, keeping me from really enjoying the book. I understand that's the author's intention and style of the narrator, but I feel if it was dialed down a little, the story would've come through without the unnecessary force.

Belicia and her father's stories were the most remarkable. These were truly interesting characters, with blemishes and all. Born in the worst of times, but making for truly interesting reading, if not a good retrospective on what-not-to-do-when-living-in-a-Banana-Republic.

Oscar, meanwhile, came across as unlikeable for me. There's a limit to just how likeable a naïve character may be. His level was off the charts, especially the mistakes he kept on making throughout the story. I understand that's just the sort of person he's meant to be, but even idiots aren't that, well, idiotic.

If you're looking for an easy, light read and don't mind vulgar language and a stupendously idiotic titular character, then definitely dive right in.
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  bdgamer | Sep 10, 2021 |
I think that this book had some seams that were showing where the various narratives were stitched together. But it's hard to say because it was explicitly constructed as several narratives and it may have been all explained. Maybe I'll read it again some day and see. I had to skim some of the Trujillo era violence, i.e. the end of Abelard. This book took me to school about Caribbean history. I didn't realize that the DR dictator clamped down that much harder after the communist revolution in nearby Cuba.
Just figured out how to get my library's ebook audiobook borrowing to work. Lin Manuel Miranda does the reading (plus a woman who does Lola's narrative) and he's great!
The mashup of history/science fiction/English/Spanish/etcetc is a beautiful thing. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
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Díaz’s novel also has a wild, capacious spirit, making it feel much larger than it is. Within its relatively compact span, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” contains an unruly multitude of styles and genres. The tale of Oscar’s coming-of-age is in some ways the book’s thinnest layer, a young-adult melodrama draped over a multigenerational immigrant family chronicle that dabbles in tropical magic realism, punk-rock feminism, hip-hop machismo, post-postmodern pyrotechnics and enough polymorphous multiculturalism to fill up an Introduction to Cultural Studies syllabus.
 
It is Mr. Díaz’s achievement in this galvanic novel that he’s fashioned both a big picture window that opens out on the sorrows of Dominican history, and a small, intimate window that reveals one family’s life and loves. In doing so, he’s written a book that decisively establishes him as one of contemporary fiction’s most distinctive and irresistible new voices.
 

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Corral, RodrigoDiseñador de cubiertaautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
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Of what import are brief, nameless lives . . . to Galactus?? (Fantastic Four, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Vol. 1, No. 49, April 1966)
Christ have mercy on all sleeping things!
From that dog rotting down Wrightson Road
to when I was a dog on these streets;
if loving these islands must be my load,
out of corruption my soul takes wings,
But they had started to poison my soul
with their big house, big car, bit-time hbohl,
coolie, nigger, Syrian, and French Creole,
so I leave it for them and their carnival--
I taking a sea-bath, I gone down the road.
I know these islands from Monos to Nassau,
a rusty head sailor with sea-green eyes
that they nickname Shabine, the patois for
any red nigger, and I, Shabine, saw
when these slums of empire was paradise.
I'm just a red nigger who love the sea,
I had a sound colonial education,
I have Dutch, nigger, and English in me,
and either I'm nobody, or I'm a nation.
(Derek Walcott)
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They say it came first from Africa, carried in the screams of the enslaved; that it was the death bane of the Tainos, uttered just as one world perished and another began; that it was a demon drawn into Creation through the nightmare door that was cracked open in the Antilles.
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I might partake. Just a little though. I would not want to cloud my faculties.
“They say it came first from Africa, carried in the screams of the enslaved; that it was the death bane of the Tainos, uttered just as one world perished and another began; that it was a demon drawn into Creation through the nightmare door that was cracked open in the Antilles. Fukú americanus, or more colloquially, fukú–generally a curse or a doom of some kind; specifically the Curse and the Doom of the New World. Also called the fukú of the Admiral because the Admiral was both its midwife and one of its great European victims; despite “discovering” the New World the Admiral died miserable and syphilitic, hearing (dique) divine voices. In Santo Domingo, the Land He Loved Best (what Oscar, at the end, would call the Ground Zero of the New World), the Admiral’s very name has become synonymous with both kinds of fukú, little and large; to say his name aloud or even to hear it is to invite calamity on the heads of you and yours.”
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Some editions contain the short story "Drown," narrated by Jonathan Davis
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Una crónica familiar que abarca tres generaciones y dos países, La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao cuenta la historia del gordiflón y solitario Oscar de León en su intento de convertirse en el J.R.R. Tolkien Dominicano y su desafortunada búsqueda del amor. Pero Oscar sólo es la última víctima del fukú--una maldición que durante generaciones ha perseguido a su familia, condenándoles a vidas de tortura, sufrimiento y amor desdichado. Con unos personajes inolvidables y una prosa vibrante e hipnótica, esta novela confirma a Junot Díaz como una de las mejores y más deslumbrantes voces de nuestra época, y nos ofrece una sobrecogedora visión de la inagotable capacidad humana para perseverar y arriesgarlo todo por amor.

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