The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao () is a novel written by Dominican American author Junot Díaz. Although a work of fiction, the novel is set in New. Una crónica familiar que abarca generaciónes y dos países, La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao cuenta la historia del gordiflón y solitario Oscar de León. Written by Junot Díaz, narrated by Jane Santos, Yamil Ureña. Download and keep this book for Free with a 30 day Trial.

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As Oscar has no father or brothers, Yunior is the only male with whom he can discuss his romantic yearnings; Yunior is his access into masculinity.

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An Introduction”The MillionsSeptember 21, His sister’s boyfriend Yunior the narrator of much of the novel moves in with Oscar and tries to help him get in shape and become more “normal”. Rife with footnotes, science fiction and fantasy hidtoria, comic book analogies, and various Spanish dialects, the novel is also a meditation on story-telling, the Dominican diaspora and identity, sexuality, and oppression.

With these new curves she was thrown into a world where she could naravillosa what she wanted, where she was given attention without having to ask for it. Oscar desperately wants to pscar successful with women but, from a young age, is unable to find love, largely because he is a nerd obsessed with science fiction and comic books. Even under Trujillo, however, the power of appearance is called into the question, as appearance’s power ultimately takes second place to the power of words.

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Tolkien comes when he describes Trujillo: The many science fiction references throughout the novel and footnotes emphasize Yunior believes the fantastical elements of Dominican history.

Abelard Luis Cabral, Oscar’s grandfather, learned this first hand after repeatedly refusing to bring his first-born daughter Jacquelyn to Trujillo’s events. They first appear when Beli is kidnapped and taken to be beaten in a canefield. This runs in parallel to several central themes of the novel regarding identity, as Yunior’s code switching alludes to a struggle between his Dominican identity and his identity as a writer. Each time the mysterious animal appears in a time of dire need, the narrator includes a disclaimer on the accuracy in the visions of the creature.

Throughout the novel, violence is transmitted from the system of colonialism and dictators to the domestic sphere and perpetuated through the generations. Eventually, he moves to the Dominican Republic and falls helplessly in love with Ybon, a prostitute who lives near him.

As Trujillo never attempts to sleep with Jackie, the narrator and reader are left to wonder if at some level the motivation for this family ruin has to do with silencing a powerful voice. Historically, the mongoose was imported from Asia during the 18th century. January 13, Duration: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Oscar’s speech reflects an autodidactic language based on his knowledge of fantasy, ‘nerd’ literature and his speech is filled with phrases such as “I think she’s orchidaceous” [13] and “I do not move so precipitously”, [13] whereas Yunior “affects a bilingual b-boy flow” [14] and intersperses it with literary language.

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Most of the story is told by an apparently omniscient narrator who is eventually revealed to be Yunior de Las Casasa college roommate of Oscar’s who dated Lola. The canefields in the Dominican Republic are a space made significant through their history of slavery and violence—a racialized space. He also respects Oscar’s writing style and his ability to “write dialogue, crack snappy exposition, keep the narrative moving” Retrieved April 8, The library card you previously added can’t be used to complete this action.


Trujillo’s appetite for ass was “insatiable”pushing him to do unspeakable things. Used to protect sugar cane fields from rat infestations, mongooses were pivotal in the DR’s growing sugar economy.

Abelard, by withholding his daughter’s “off-the-hook looks” from Trujillo, he was in effect committing “treason” Thus, the empty pages in Yunior’s dreams signify that the future has yet to be written despite the checkered past, in both his life and in the painful history of oppression and colonialism in the Dominican Republic.

Her model-like body presented her with the relationships that she could have never attained otherwise. While the mongoose guides Beli, its presence is necessary for sugar production. Whether or not this creature is a figment of the young woman’s imagination, it led her to safety and provided hope in a situation where death seemed imminent. His great fear is that he will die a virgin.

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