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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These references serve both to illuminate the world that Oscar lives in and create a parallel between the supernatural events in fantasy literature and the history of the Histria Republic.

The novel describes the history of relationships between dictators and journalists in terms of comic book rivalries as well: Retrieved May 4, Please sign in again so you can continue to borrow titles and access your Loans, Wish list, and Holds pages.

Eventually, he moves to the Dominican Republic and falls helplessly in love with Ybon, a prostitute who lives near him. The Kindle Book format for this title is not supported on: Mwravillosa family takes him back to the United States to heal.

Yunior’s masculinity echoes that of Trujillo, who in his violent actions and lust for women, also embodies Dominican hypermasculinity. March Learn how and when to remove this template message. Add a library card to your account to borrow titles, place holds, and add titles to your wish list.

This article’s plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. Like the de Leon family, the mongoose is an immigrant, an invasive, non-native species. As Trujillo never attempts to sleep with Jackie, the narrator and reader are left to wonder if at some level the maravillosa for this family ruin has to do with silencing a powerful voice. Ybon’s boyfriend’s goons then find Oscar, take him back to the sugarcane fields, and kill him. What more fantasy than the Antilles?

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He substitute teaches at his former high school and dreams about writing an epic work of science fiction. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao makes extensive use of footnotes to the point that many of the characters are developed in the footnotes in addition to the story.

The novel contains significant exposition on Oscar’s family history. Yunior provides analysis and commentary for the events he is relaying in the novel. Through the figure of Oscar, he explores alternatives to hypermasculinity. Used to protect sugar cane fields maravilllsa rat infestations, mongooses were pivotal in the DR’s growing sugar economy. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.


By utilizing her appearance, she gained a complete understanding of the influences ka her body. Retrieved December 13, The creature acts as her protector, saving her after the atrocities just committed against her. A great darkness descended on the Island and for the third time since the rise of Fidel people were being rounded up by Trujillo’s son, Ramfis, and a good plenty were sacrificed in the most depraved fashion imaginable, the orgy of terror funeral goods for the father maravilllsa the son.

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While the mongoose guides Beli, its presence is necessary for sugar production. Oscar Wao also oscillates between English and Spanish. With these new curves she was thrown into a world where she could get what she wanted, where she was given attention without having to ask for it. 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”.

Narrated by multiple characters, the novel incorporates a significant amount of Spanglish and neologisms, as well as references to fantasy and science fiction films and books. The mongoose is known for its sociability and cunning. The curse of machismo”.

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

The footnotes contain many references specifically to the reign of Rafael Trujillo from toproviding historical background on figures like the Mirabal Sisters[10] who were assassinated by Trujillo, and Anacaonaan indigenous woman who fought against the invading Spanish colonialists. Just be a smart bookish boy of color in a contemporary U. Oscar recovers from the beating, borrows money from Yunior, and returns to the Dominican Republic.

When describing Oscar’s deep love of science fiction and fantasy literature, Yunior continues in the footnotes: In the case of Beli in ee cane fields, the narrator shares that whether her encounter with the mongoose “was a figment of Beli’s wracked imagination or something else altogether” cannot be determined If you receive an error message, please contact your library for help. 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”.


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Many of the footnotes ultimately connect back to themes of coming to a new world underscored through the novel’s references to fantasy and sci-fi or having one’s own world completely changed. This runs in parallel to several central themes of the novel regarding identity, as Yunior’s code switching alludes to a struggle between his Dominican identity and his identity as a writer.

Infor example, while the Friends of the Dominican Republic were perejiling Haitians and Haitian-Dominicans and Haitian-looking Dominicans to death, while genocide was, in fact, in the making, Abelard kept his head, eyes, and nose safely tucked into his books let his wife take care of hiding his servants, didn’t ask her nothing about it and when survivors staggered into his surgery with unspeakable machete wounds, he fixed them up as best he could without making any comments as to the ghastliness of their wounds.

Thus, the empty pages in Yunior’s dreams signify that the future has yet to be written despite the checkered past, in both his life and in the painful history of oppression and colonialism in the Dominican Republic. With the absence of any embodiments of white characters to emphasize the lasting impact of the colonial imaginary, the mysticism behind the fuku and zafa become that much more convincing.

His actions eventually resulted in Trujillo arranging for his arrest and eighteen-year sentence, where he was brutally beaten and treated to an endless series of electric shock treatments The mongoose was transplanted westward to the Dominican Republic, just as Oscar’s family was forced out of the Dominican Republic.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Magical realism of the novel serves a crucial purpose by enabling the juxtaposition of the supernatural, intangible being and a mortal. 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.

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