If you are reading this recommendation than it is likely that you love to read. If you love to read than it is an impossibility to not love Oscar. A boy growing up in a world where such reading makes you an outcast, where intellect holds no value; a world where being Dominican American and being a geek simply cannot exist.
Junot Díaz’s, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, is remarkable not only for the complexity of Oscar’s story, told with such fine attention to detail and clarity of voice, but also for the deft weaving of the histories of the Dominican Republic and America, for the ability to reveal the brutality of that history and yet still awaken us to the beauty of life.
Before Diaz, I never knew that I knew so little about the Dominican Republic, their history and how intermingled with American history it has been. And this new knowledge serves to add depth of understanding to the story itself, to Oscar and the magnitude of his struggles and the joy of his successes.
If only to spark curiosity of the history of the Dominican Republic I would recommend this book. But truly in every way, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was a wonderful read.