February 21, 2009

all the time in the world

Posted in books tagged , at 7:15 pm by placeinthestars

Last night, I finished The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. What a fantastic read. Compelling, heartbreaking and hilarious, with a great narrative voice and an epic tale of family tragedy. Plus, all the hardcore geek references that feel true and natural and not at all forced.

Oscar’s behavior with women was discomfiting in many ways (stalkery much?), but not played for laughs (though other characters do laugh at him and his lack of sexual success) – I think it was clearly recognized by his family and friends as problematic. Nor was Yunior’s (or anyone else’s) womanizing glorified or treated as a good thing (it costs Yunior Lola, after all). In fact, I think the book spends quite a bit of time examining the ramifications of being a player and the destruction it causes.

highly recommended.

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