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The most important thing to know about The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz is that it is a MULTI language book.
I didn't care about any of the characters and found there to be very little of interest overall in the disjointed negative life stories of the characters.
The excellent blend of colloquial language and Spanish slang gave Junot Diaz's voice a much more genuine and authentic approach.
I'm not often captivated by books from page one, but this book was one of the few. I enjoyed every word, stayed right there with the characters throughout, and enjoyed the... Read morePublished 7 hours ago by SJS
Very good story mixing fictional characters with historical events. Speaking Spanish helps a lot. Very well written. I really liked the book. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by rosa
This is my second time reading this book and I have savored every page. The stories of Oscar and his family are enchanting and haunting and uplifting all at the same time. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kate Maclay
Enhanced my knowledge of the Dominican Republic, mixed in with very interesting characters. When I started the book, I did not know Haiti and DR were on the same island. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Elizabeth B. Warner
This was a phenomenal book. The author creates characters with the most unique and well crafted voice, unlike anything I've ever read. Read morePublished 7 days ago by laura hdez
Superb. Smart, important, and captivating.
Have a Spanish-English dictionary on hand if you don't speak/read Spanish--it makes a big difference!
Book got me out of my funk.
This book reminds me that a good book is something you pick up because you want to, and not because of duty or distraction. Read more
Boring, dragged on, nothing special here. I don't understand the hype behind this book at all.Published 15 days ago by Sally
Loved the hidden and not-so-hidden table-top/comic/sci-fi references. Deep, wonderful story. This book left me not with guilt, but a sense of closure.Published 16 days ago by James Arp