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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Who?

Wao.  That’s who.  The B. W. L. of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.  

Super nerd Oscar Wao née Cabral lusts after every lady he sees but the girls just can’t get past his super-sized girth.  So our Casanova channels his love dreams into role-playing fantasies and the penning of epic sci-fi tri- and tetralogies. 

Zip traction in the love department is not all Oscar’s fault.  Casa Cabral has been under a fukú cloud for sixty years, ever since Oscar’s abeulo Abelard’s impolitic remark bought him a one-way ticket to a Dominican Republic klink.  Presidente Trujillo seized the Cabral family fortures.  Abelard died in a D.R. prison, broken and tortured.  Oscar’s abeula got run over by a car.  Oscar’s mom was sold to whip-wielding peasants, rescued by an aunt, then beaten and left to ferment in the cane fields after exchanging besos with an hombre who got on Trujillo’s bad side.  Mom crawled out from the cane and escaped to the Bronx.  Single-handedly she raised up Oscar and his sister to be scrappy and savvy.  Oscar’s sis got the scrappy and savvy.  Oscar got the dreams, the writerly aspirations, and the fukú.  

The big O would like to get some loving in before he’s thirty.  So he’s spinning the love wheel one last time.  He’s heading south to his fabled and tortuous roots.  It’s perro eat perro on the golden isle of Hispaniola where the wicked are rewarded and the good get their comeuppance, but beautiful loving women abound there.  Oscar’s willing to chance a trip out to the cane for the sake of finally finding love.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.  Wow.


One thought on “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Who?

  1. Patricia McMullen says:

    perro eat perro. it’s a rough world out there. good that we have someone writing/lighting our way. mucho gracias escriber.


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