The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz- Books Review

This book took me 4 months to finish. Not because it was boring, but it was a book that I look back and really understood why he did it that way. I am going to talk about the bad and it can really throw some people off if they aren’t patient.

The Bad…

1. Too much back into the future- The book is suppose to be about Oscar Wao, but it talks about the people that are really close to him quite alot and it got annoying. Again when the near was coming it all made sense. If you do read this book don’t let that detour you from finishing it, because all and all it is a good book.

2. Damn the footnotes- This book teaches you the same time about the Dominican Republic history, folk stories, and legends. In the beginning it seemed like there was a damn footnote on every page and some of them took up the whole page with half the font of the regular text = not cool.

3. Dry spots- When the author starts talking about some of the people it gets dry and boy it will make you not want to pick up the book or look ahead to see how many pages you have left before the boringness dies.

The Good…

Really great story about Oscar Wao. I am not going to give away the story nor the ending but it is one of those novels that you feel sorry for the main character and hope that he turns his life around. The book is not the classic nerd guy who turns into baller and gets all the woman, but the nerd guy who… again I can’t tell you about the book in detail because you won’t read it.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something different than what they are used to, hell this book might be something that you are used to, but for me it was not. The book does talk about women with no barriers (if you know what I mean) which to me is the only way this book will get people to stay focus in reading the whole book through.

Things that I learned was that there are endless ways to write. Everyone is different and there are many ways to capture an audience. I also learned that Junot Diaz childhood was a big part of his life and he felt a need to write a glimpse of it through his writings. I don’t know which person he is more like, Oscar Wao or the narrator, but I know that somewhere in the novel is a piece of who he is as a person that you can’t get by just talking to him.

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