The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao focuses mostly on the “lovesick ghetto nerd” Oscar de Leon, a first-generation Dominican-American living on the East Coast in the U.S., surviving the fukú (the “curse and doom of the New World”) that has plagued his family for generations. One of the best features of this book are the lengthy footnotes Diaz provides, which contain sardonic historical, pop culture, and literary allusions that create an amazing perspective of Dominican Republic history. If you like reading about family histories (especially those effected by political strife) and are a comic book or graphic novel fan, you will thoroughly enjoy this book.
Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS3554.I259 B75 2007
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Annie Knight, Coordinator of CUC Library Services, Leatherby Libraries
Rating: Highly Recommended