Thursday, February 25, 2010
Book Review: The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao
THANKS JESSE!! I read The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz based on a recommendation from a friend, who encouraged me to read it when he heard I planning a trip to the Dominican Republic.
I really enjoyed this book-with the exception of too many LENGTHY footnotes. If a footnote is longer than 3 sentences I don't understand why it isn't just part of the book. I found that most of the footnotes didn't add much to the story but did provide more historical information about the Dominican Republic. I think the only reason I did sort of enjoy the historical aspects of these footnotes was because of my upcoming trip-if I didn't have the trip planned I probably would have skipped past them. I likes how often the writer used Spanish phrases-even if I wasn't 100% sure of what they meant-it felt authentic.
There were a few quotes that struck me enough to write them down, or at least jot down the page number. This rarely happens, so I thought I would share them:
"If you didn't grow up like I did then you don't know and if you don't know it's probably better you don't judge." (p.55) I think this is so UNIVERSAL! Love it!
"You don't know what it's like to grow up with a mother who never said a positive thing in her life, not about her children or the world, who was always suspicious, always tearing you down and splitting your dreams straight down the seams." (p.56) No I definitely don't know what that's like-my mom is AWESOME!
"And I wonder: What hurt him more? That i was never really his friend, or that I pretended to be?" (p.181) Sad.
My last comment on the book: there is a recurring minor character of a faceless man-think what you want about what he represents-literally and figuratively a faceless man is pretty creepy.
Nine more days until I'm in the Dominican Republic-I am almost ready to start counting down the hours!! Any traveling tips?