Thursday, July 10, 2008
60. "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" - Junot Diaz
A. Speak mediocre Spanish
B. Know The Lord of the Ring trilogy in a Biblical sense
C. Remember crazy ass pop trivia...
then you will love this book.
Oscar "Wao" de Leon is not the typical Dominican "cat" (as the narrator puts it). He's fat, he's geeky, and he wants to become the Dominican Tolkien. Basically, he has no game.
He, his sister, Lola, and mother have had horrific things happen to their lives, which is blamed on the Dominican curse of fuku (accent on the last u) and the power of dictator Trujillo. All of this is told through a series of fun references (for example, someone pulls a Dana Plato robbery - which is hilarious if you remember this bit of silly trivia) and jock strap wielding, chest thumping, ball grabbing masculine cock-strut.
Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer, this is one that cannot be missed.
4.2 out of 5.0 Caribbean Punches.