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The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

2007, Riverhead

It's been a long time since I've posted, or even read, a work of fiction. (I'm not sure why!) Here's one I read a long time ago for book club. I remember not wanting to put it down and being sad when it was over. Flowing along in a Gabriel Garcia Marquez - fashion, the novel portrays the difficulties we encounter loving and sometimes hating our families, friends and lovers, through the points of view of several different characters and their stories. Historical references to the Dominican Republic throughout the novel add depth and color.

The main character spends the entire book and seemingly his entire life hoping to have sex. In the end he discovers that what makes love so amazing is something else. Discover a simple and beautiful description of what that is by reading all the way to the end.

What are the stories in this book really about? I found an answer in my notes, stranded alone with no page number, so I'm not sure if it's from the book, or from a note by the author:

You can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.

Which reminds me what a good friend said to me during a difficult time: "You can't go around your problems, you have to go through them."

To Read or Not to Read?

Recently, a bookclub friend told me she'd learned that author Junot Diaz had been accused of sexual misconduct. When you disagree with an artist's actions or reported actions, do you boycott his or her work? Click on your answer below. It's anonymous.

Would you go to a movie produced by convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein? (Assume it's a movie you want to see)

  • Yes, I don't connect his work with his personal actions

  • No, definitely not, because of his personal actions

  • Other (specify in comments, please)

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Kat Becker
Kat Becker
Jan 21, 2023

sounds like a good one!

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