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.

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).


Brian said:On Mar 01, 11 at 5:33am

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

Audrey said:On Mar 01, 11 at 3:16pm

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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