I am a recent fan of Junot Diaz from both his reading/interviews as well as his short stories as presented on the New Yorker's short story podcast. I think that Oscar Wao should have remained maybe a novella or a short story but even a writer with deft word skills can get dull when going back and forth and back and forth over the same territory. Oscar Wao is a loser. His life is brief. Those are my Cliff's Notes. I don't think there's much else to say - except he's from the Dominican Republic. Apparently, Oscar Wao is the first loser the DR ever produced. Interesting, but not novel-, or credit-worthy.
While I speak enough Spanish to flow with all the spanglish, I find the interestingly sad and morose story of a Dominican family's demise obscured by excessive swearing.
This really took a while for me to get through. I just wanted to hear the story. What exactly is proven by being so blatantly ignorant? I grew up with Oscars, Yuniors and Lolas and while cursing was a part of their lives, they weren't dominated by it.
At times this felt like a short story stretched out into a mini epic. I also found it went a lot of places and no where at the same time. I really wanted to like this, but it was a difficult ride.
Mr. Diaz take note: excessive writing and excessive cursing always malign good writing and good storytelling.
A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air
Until now, whenever I have read a Pultizer Prize winning book, I have liked the book, regardless of its genre. However, this time, I can't say that I liked the book a lot, and would have difficulty recommending it without reservations to others. I certainly learned about the Dominican Republic, its culture, and people, but it was a dark, violent and misogynistic story.
The story of Oscar Wao was a tad weak but I really loved the background history of The Trujillo era in the Dominican Republic. It actually encouraged me to read In the Time of Butterflies.
Me thinks the author is drunk with the wine of words. The attempt to wring some meaning out of a "Dominican story" just doesn't do much for me from an artistic or cultural point of view. "C."
I really wanted to like this book. It has great reviews and the writing is clever. The narration is good. I think the reason I gave up on this book after a few hours (I have listened to hundreds of Audible downloads) is that the author had nothing to say. There's not a deep thought to be had. So the entire read--what I heard of it--was like listening to someone make smalltalk about himself. Blah.
I like a variety of reading. Favorites: Prayer for Owen Meany Dragon Tattoos Candide by Voltaire, one of the great books! Hiiason
Disappointed. The violence, the redundancy of the evil notes about Trujillo were, in the end, boring. How many "worst beatings" can there be? In this story many. The Dominican Republic and Dominicans in general should be thoroughly insulted by their characterizations. Frankly, in the end it wasn't such an interesting story.