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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz I had expected this book to be the coming-of-age story of a first generation Dominican-American nerd growing up in New Jersey in the 1980's. Sure, it was that, but it was far more than that. Epic in scope and reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao tells the story of Oscar's family from 1940's Dominican Republic under the despotic rule of Raphael Trujillo until the early 1990's when, as expected from the title, Oscar's sad, nerd life comes to a premature end. I probably would have enjoyed this book more, had I gone into it with proper expectations. As it was, I was somewhat overwhelmed with Dominican history and the gravity of the family's plight. [ read full review ]