The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Audiobook CD - 2007
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Oscar is an overweight Dominican from the ghetto in New Jersey. He dreams of becoming a writer and finding love, but Fukœ, the curse has haunted his family for generations. Also included is the short story "Drown".
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, p2007
ISBN: 9780143142805
Branch Call Number: DIAZ J
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (ca. 16 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Snell, Staci
Davis, Jonathan
Uniform Title: Drown


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Narrators: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo. Duration: 09:53:11. Living with an Old World mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Aug 22, 2016

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao defies categorization, and simply needs to be read slowly, digested and embraced.

Oscar is nerd and anti-hero. Appealingly outrageous, in the vein of Ignatius Reilly. Yunior, the often unreliable narrator, serves as both storyteller and teacher. Yunior is deceptively ingenuous; not just an observer, he is another "Child of Trujillo" and is central to the action of the plot.

This audiobook includes the early anthology Drown, stories which also feature Yunior. These stories are uneven in quality--certainly not as adept as the near-flawless Oscar Wao. "Negocios" stands out; it approaches novella length and presents a haunting and nuanced account of Yunior's father and his search for wealth.

Jonathan Davis delivers an amazing performance on the audio. His Spanish seems very close to native, which adds to the power of this book.


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