The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz; The Pleasure Seekers, by Tishani Doshi; The Oracle of Stamboul, by Michael David Lukas

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz

A story that links the cursed life of one huge nerd to the curse of an entire nation. Best: Though incredibly depressing, the most entertaining history lesson I've ever had. Worst: At times it seems very, very long.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Junot Díaz

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It’s truly amazing how much I learned from this book without really realizing I was learning.

Good for: Just about anyone, although some people may be put off by references to pop culture and non-English phrases (although, in my opinion, they’re easy to understand in context).



The Pleasure Seekers, by Tishani Doshi

A story about the struggles facing a post-colonial family. Best: Beautiful, lyrical language. Worst: A narrowing of perspective in the second part of the book is disconcerting.

The Pleasure Seekers: A Novel

Tishani Doshi

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Good for: It’s got good qualities, but it’s a bit directionless. I recommend reading Zadie Smith’s White Teeth instead.





The Oracle of Stamboul, by Michael David Lukas

People have always known Eleanora was special, but she never imagined the course her life would take in Stamboul. Best: The first two-thirds of the book are enchanting. Worst: An abrupt, disappointing ending.

The Oracle of Stamboul: A Novel

Michael David Lukas

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Good for: Anyone looking for an escape.

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2 Responses to The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz; The Pleasure Seekers, by Tishani Doshi; The Oracle of Stamboul, by Michael David Lukas

  1. Brian says:

    I’ve been wanting to read Oscar Wao. I really like the author’s other book…plus he’s from my area of NJ. Which automatically makes him the greatest author of ALL TIME.

    • Audrey says:

      I really enjoyed it! It was full of references to really nerdy things like Star Trek and Lord of the Rings, while at the same time being about dictators and revolution and the Dominican Republic. It was really novel and exciting. I would have rated it higher if 1) it had kept up the same energy throughout and 2) the ending hadn’t made me so annoyed.

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