The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is written in three languages: English, Spanish and Science Fiction. From the opening epigraph, a quote from Galactus, to the final pages, the entire text is shot through with genre references, both well-known and obscure. Most folk are familiar with Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, but likely not M.A.R. Barker’s Tékumel series. Read more
The Bushwick Book Club Seattle kicks off its sixth season with music inspired by Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I wanted to learn more about both the author and the book in preparation for the show. I took to the Internet to find out some additional facts.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a coming of age story that uses magical realism to illustrate how main character Oscar navigates adolescence, finding love and an ancient family curse. Author Junot Díaz won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel and the Pulitzer Board described the book as “a dazzling, richly layered novel about an overweight, nerdy Dominican-American teenager who comes of age in a multi-generational immigrant family, devouring comic books, spinning fantasies and searching for love.”
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