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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Cabral is incarcerated, tortured and almost destroyed at least in part as a result of words he has spoken and written, and Trujillo has Cabral’s entire library, including any sample of his handwriting, destroyed. Add a library card to your account to borrow titles, place holds, and add titles to your wish list. Her loneliness derived from her “defensive and aggressive and mad overactive” personality that pushed people miles away from her.

Sugar and canefields were so important to the Spanish as they fueled their wealth and the creation of a white elite, and thus plantation economy, in Hispaniola.

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Despite their differences, Yunior and Oscar become important to each other and develop an unusual friendship. Likewise, there is a mention of being “flung into the macroverse” by “the ritual of Chud”, a nod to the ending of It. After high school, Oscar attends Rutgers University. Retrieved May wap, The mongoose is known for its sociability and cunning. Yunior provides analysis and commentary for the events he is relaying in the novel.

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. Learn wzo about possible maraviklosa issues or contact support for more help. The OverDrive Read format of this ebook has professional narration that plays while you read in your browser.

He spends 27 days writing and stalking Ybon. The library card you previously added can’t be used to complete this action.


The creature acts as her protector, saving her after the atrocities just committed against her. The novel contains significant exposition on Oscar’s family history. Oscar Wao also oscillates between English and Spanish. After unknowingly becoming involved with Trujillo’s sister’s husband, The Gangster’s men assault Beli there. More titles may be available to you. They first appear when Beli is kidnapped and taken to be beaten in a canefield.

Search Search Search Browse menu. Views Read Edit View history. Availability can change throughout the month based on the library’s budget. If you’re still having trouble, follow these steps to marvillosa in. Magical realism of the novel serves a crucial purpose by enabling the juxtaposition of the supernatural, intangible being and a mortal.

Similarly, Oscar remembers a “Golden Mongoose” which appeared just before he throws himself from the bridge [26] and again when he is beaten in the canefield for the first time.


Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. When Oscar meets Ana, one of the many women with whom he falls in love, he notices different aspects of her life and “there was something in the seamlessness with which she switched between these aspects that convinced him that both were masks”.

La maravillosa vida breve de Óscar Wao [The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao]

maraavillosa Yunior even makes reference in the footnotes to his present life earlier in the novel than when he describes it in Chapter Eight. In a poll by The Millions [46] a panel of writers, critics, and editors voted The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao the eighth-best novel sinceand readers ranked it in first place. Rife with footnotes, science fiction and fantasy references, comic book analogies, and various Spanish dialects, the novel is also a meditation on story-telling, the Dominican diaspora and identity, sexuality, and oppression.

She is horrified maravillossa first but softens and eventually has sex with Oscar. You’ve reached the maximum number of titles you can currently recommend for purchase.

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In chapter two, Lola narrates her own story from the first person. The canefields in the Dominican Republic osvar a space beeve significant through their history of slavery and violence—a racialized space. The phrase originated in the Frank Herbert novel Dune and Oscar uses it to try and quell his own fear near the end of the story, to no avail.


Thanks to this juxtaposition, when Trujillo becomes assassinated, the novel successfully conveys that even the most powerful supernatural being can be defeated, ultimately implying the theme “Nothing is impossible”.

Retrieved December 12, An Introduction”The MillionsSeptember 21, Abelard, by withholding his daughter’s “off-the-hook looks” from Trujillo, he was in effect committing “treason” Each time the mysterious animal appears in a time of dire need, the narrator includes a disclaimer on the accuracy in the visions brevve the creature. Oscar lives his life surrounded by the culture of fantasy and as Oscar describes them, “the more speculative genres”, [19] and the language of these cultures is strewn throughout the book along with Spanish.

The many science fiction references throughout the novel and footnotes emphasize Yunior believes the fantastical elements of Dominican history. Like the de Leon family, the mongoose is an immigrant, an invasive, non-native species.

Ybon’s boyfriend, a violent police captain, becomes jealous of Oscar and sends two goons who kidnap Oscar, take him to the sugarcane fields, and beat him into a coma. These references serve both to illuminate the world that Oscar lives in and create a parallel between the supernatural events in fantasy literature ocar the history of the Dominican Republic.

Mongooses were imported to tropical islands such as the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Hawaii. Add a card Contact support Cancel. Just be a smart bookish boy of color in a contemporary U. After recovering from her initial shock of the metamorphosis, she discovered how “her desirability was in its own way, Power” His great fear is that he will die a virgin.