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The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao / Junot Díaz.

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  • ISBN: 1594483299 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 9781594483295 (pbk.)
  • Physical Description: 339, [1] p. ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: 1st Riverhead trade paperback ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2008.

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Summary, etc.:
Living with an Old World mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien and believes that a longstanding family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness.
Subject: Dominican Americans > Fiction.
Topic Heading: JBHS Tenth Grade Summer Reading.

Available copies

  • 11 of 20 copies available at Bibliomation.

Holds

  • 0 current holds with 20 total copies.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethel Public Library DIAZ (BHS READS) (Text) 34030150557921 Adult Fiction Checked out 08/11/2022
Burroughs-Saden Main - Bridgeport FIC DIAZ (Text) 34000081338139 Display Area Available -
Easton Public Library FIC DIAZ, JUNOT (Text) 37777122312531 Young Adult Summer Reading Checked out 07/20/2022
Easton Public Library FIC DIAZ, JUNOT (Text) 37777122312549 Young Adult Summer Reading Checked out 06/28/2022
Easton Public Library FIC DIAZ, JUNOT (Text) 37777122312556 Young Adult Summer Reading Available -
Easton Public Library FIC DIAZ, JUNOT (Text) 37777122312564 Young Adult Summer Reading Checked out 08/13/2022
Easton Public Library FIC DIAZ, JUNOT (Text) 37777122312572 Young Adult Summer Reading Checked out 08/09/2022
Easton Public Library FIC DIAZ, JUNOT (Text) 37777122363625 Adult Fiction Available -
Easton Public Library FIC DIAZ, JUNOT (Text) 37777122364029 Young Adult Summer Reading Checked out 08/12/2022
Guilford Smith Library - South Windham F DIA (Text) 34059117566576 Adult Fiction Available -
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Matthew Sharpe is the author of the novels Jamestown and The Sleeping Father. He teaches at Wesleyan University. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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"*Starred Review* Díaz's gutsy short story collection Drown (1996) made the young Dominican American a literary star. Readers who have had to wait a decade for his first novel are now spectacularly rewarded. Paralleling his own experiences growing up in the Dominican Republic and New Jersey, he has choreographed a family saga at once sanguinary and sexy that confronts the horrific brutality at loose during the reign of the dictator Trujillo. Díaz's besieged characters look to the supernatural for explanations and hope, from fukú, the curse unleashed when Europeans arrived on Hispaniola, to the forces dramatized in the works of science fiction and fantasy so beloved by the chubby ghetto nerd Oscar Wao, the brilliantly realized boy of conscience at the center of this whirlwind tale. Writing in a combustible mix of slang and lyricism, Díaz loops back and forth in time and place, generating sly and lascivious humor in counterpoint to tyranny and sorrow. And his characters Oscar, the hopeless romantic; Lola, his no-nonsense sister; their heartbroken mother; and the irresistible homeboy narrator cling to life with the magical strength of superheroes, yet how vibrantly human they are. Propelled by compassion, Díaz's novel is intrepid and radiant."--"Seaman, Donna" Copyright 2007 Booklist

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Lin-Manuel Miranda has another hit on his hands with this jaw-dropping performance of Diaz's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, originally published in 2007. With its lyrical mix of standard and slang English and Spanish and nonstop barrage of references to often obscure academic and pop culture topics, Diaz's phenomenal debut presents a distinct challenge to any narrator. Miranda's energy and melodious reading invigorates listeners and prevents them from feeling too overwhelmed by any unfamiliar allusions or phrases. While the novel centers on the struggles of three generations of the de Leon family under the brutal Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo and their eventual immigration to the United States, the voice of the novel is Yunior, a bilingual Dominican American who roomed with Oscar de Leon at Rutgers University. Miranda is spot-on as the somewhat slippery, often raw Yunior-listeners are transported to his dorm room, hearing him spin these tragicomic tales over a beer or two. Karen Olivo chips in with a spirited performance of the chapter featuring Oscar's sister, Lola. Diaz's novel, sensational in print, is exponentially enriched by the performances of these Broadway stars. -VERDICT Essential for all libraries.- Beth -Farrell, Cleveland State Univ. Law Lib. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Oscar de León, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in New Jersey, is obsessed with sci-fi/fantasy novels, falling in love, and the fukú, a curse that has plagued his family for generations. Elements of magical realism enhance this stellar story. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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