The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Author Junot Diaz
ISBN-10 9780571246205
Year 2008-09-04
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Faber & Faber
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Things have never been easy for Oscar. A ghetto nerd living with his Dominican family in New Jersey, he's sweet but disastrously overweight. He dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien and he keeps falling hopelessly in love. Poor Oscar may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukú - the curse that has haunted his family for generations. With dazzling energy and insight Díaz immerses us in the tumultuous lives of Oscar; his runaway sister Lola; their beautiful mother Belicia; and in the family's uproarious journey from the Dominican Republic to the US and back. Rendered with uncommon warmth and humour, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a literary triumph, that confirms Junot Díaz as one of the most exciting writers of our time.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Author Junot Díaz
ISBN-10 110114730X
Year 2007-09-06
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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Winner of: The Pulitzer Prize The National Book Critics Circle Award The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award The Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize A Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the Year One of the best books of 2007 according to: The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, People, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Salon, Baltimore City Paper, The Christian Science Monitor, Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, New York Public Library, and many more... Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Author Junot Díaz
ISBN-10 0571239730
Year 2009
Pages 335
Language en
Publisher
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A ghetto nerd living with his Dominican family in New Jersey, Oscar's sweet but disastrously overweight. He dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and he keeps falling hopelessly in love. With dazzling energy and insight Díaz immerses us in the tumultuous lives of Oscar; his runaway sister Lola; their beautiful mother Belicia; and in the family's uproarious journey from the Dominican Republic to the US and back.'The Best Novel of the 21st Century to Date' - BBC Culture.

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Author Junot Diaz
ISBN-10 1606868209
Year 2008-09
Pages 339
Language en
Publisher
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Winner of both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the most talked about--and praised--smash hit of 2007 follows the adventures of a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd plagued by a family curse.

A Study Guide for Junot Diaz s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

A Study Guide for Junot Diaz s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Author Gale, Cengage Learning
ISBN-10 9781410320407
Year 2015-03-13
Pages 15
Language en
Publisher Gale, Cengage Learning
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A Study Guide for Junot Diaz's "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

This Is How You Lose Her

This Is How You Lose Her Author Junot Díaz
ISBN-10 9781101596951
Year 2012-09-11
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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Finalist for the 2012 National Book Award A Time and People Top 10 Book of 2012 Finalist for the 2012 Story Prize Chosen as a notable or best book of the year by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The LA Times, Newsday, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, the iTunes bookstore, and many more... "Electrifying." –The New York Times Book Review “Exhibits the potent blend of literary eloquence and street cred that earned him a Pulitzer Prize… Díaz’s prose is vulgar, brave, and poetic.” –O Magazine From the award-winning author, a stunning collection that celebrates the haunting, impossible power of love. On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In a New Jersey laundry room, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness--and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses. In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, these stories lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that “the half-life of love is forever.”

Drown

Drown Author Junot Diaz
ISBN-10 9780571249183
Year 2009-01-08
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher Faber & Faber
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Originally published in 1997, Drown instantly garnered terrific acclaim. Moving from the barrios of the Dominican Republic to the struggling urban communities of New Jersey, these heartbreaking, completely original stories established Díaz as one of contemporary fiction's most exhilarating new voices. 'There's a new excitement in Drown, the fierce, sharp-edged, painful stories of a young Dominican-American writer, Junot Díaz: a dazzling talented first book'. Hermione Lee, Independent on Sunday, Books of the Year 'A voice so original and compelling as to reach far beyond his immediate environment. It has put Díaz at the forefront of American writing'. GQ 'He has that rare gift of delineating a recognizable trademark world of his own with just a few deft strokes'. Guardian 'Wrings the heart with finely calibrated restraint'. New York Times

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Author Junot Daz
ISBN-10 9781594483295
Year 2008
Pages 339
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness. A first novel by the author of the collection, Drown. Reprint.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Author Junot Diaz
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Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.

Junot D az s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Its Punishment of Failed Gender Performances

Junot D  az   s The Brief  Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Its Punishment of Failed Gender Performances Author Bruno Yupanqui Tovar
ISBN-10 OCLC:953804513
Year 2016
Pages 87
Language en
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Junot Díaz’s renowned novel, The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Oscar Wao), presents the brief and wondrous life of its main character, Oscar Wao, but also describes the exceptional lives of Lola and Belicia, his sister and mother, respectively. While the story’s title asserts an enthusiastic tone to the lives of Oscar—and the females in his family—the story actually reveals the victimization and demise of these characters. Though Díaz offers the spell of Fukú americanus, a Dominican superstition, Feminist Theorist Judith Butler provides a more advantageous, concrete explanation for the subjugation of these characters. Butler argues that culture dictates certain expectations for gender performances, but also punishes the individuals who do not live up to these expectations. However, this project will use Anzaldúa’s The Borderlands to complement Butler in order to translate her theory to a work of Latino American literature, and explain how these characters may be seen as hybrids. This thesis explores how Díaz’s novel realizes Butler’s postulate as the main characters do not live up to these expectations, and thus are penalized. The chapters in this thesis will be attributed each to one character, and in this order: Oscar, Lola, and Belicia. Each chapter will encompass a thorough examination into each character’s upbringing, personality, interpersonal and intrapersonal operations, in order to account for their deviation from cultural gender expectations. After each character composition is detailed, the chapters will discuss how each of these factors leads to the character’s downfall, confirming Butler’s Gender Performativity Theory. Finally, this project concludes in showing how all three characters, of differing genders and time periods, as well personal identities, are unable to depart from the gender roles established by Dominican culture without any repercussions.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot D az How Does the Language Used Reflect the Transcultural Identity of the Characters

 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao  by Junot D  az  How Does the Language Used Reflect the Transcultural Identity of the Characters Author Silvia Schilling
ISBN-10 9783668392083
Year 2017-02-03
Pages 16
Language en
Publisher GRIN Verlag
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2016 im Fachbereich Englisch - Literatur, Werke, Note: 1,0, Universität Konstanz, Veranstaltung: Hauptseminar: American Literature and Culture 2, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: This term paper analyzes the language used in "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Díaz and intends to find out how the language mirrors the transcultural identity of the characters. In order to do so, first the terms "Identity" and "Transcultural Identity" are defined and explained, followed by a subchapter discussing the relationship between the language a person uses and his or her identity. Following that, a detailed analysis of the language in the novel is made. This includes the two languages English and Spanish as well as the methods of mixing them and switching between them. Furthermore, there is a variety of speech registers to be found in the novel, two of which are discussed in detail, namely "Nerdspeak" and Academic English. The analysis includes the description of when and how specific words or registers are used, as well as the interpretation as to what this reveals about the sense of belonging or the confusion of identity found in the characters.

The Swan Book

The Swan Book Author Alexis Wright
ISBN-10 9781501124785
Year 2016-06-28
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Originally published: Australia: Giramondo, 2013.

Junot D az and the Decolonial Imagination

Junot D  az and the Decolonial Imagination Author Monica Hanna
ISBN-10 9780822374763
Year 2015-12-18
Pages 448
Language en
Publisher Duke University Press
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The first sustained critical examination of the work of Dominican-American writer Junot Díaz, this interdisciplinary collection considers how Díaz's writing illuminates the world of Latino cultural expression and trans-American and diasporic literary history. Interested in conceptualizing Díaz's decolonial imagination and his radically re-envisioned world, the contributors show how his aesthetic and activist practice reflect a significant shift in American letters toward a hemispheric and planetary culture. They examine the intersections of race, Afro-Latinidad, gender, sexuality, disability, poverty, and power in Díaz's work. Essays in the volume explore issues of narration, language, and humor in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the racialized constructions of gender and sexuality in Drown and This Is How You Lose Her, and the role of the zombie in the short story "Monstro." Collectively, they situate Díaz’s writing in relation to American and Latin American literary practices and reveal the author’s activist investments. The volume concludes with Paula Moya's interview with Díaz. Contributors: Glenda R. Carpio, Arlene Dávila, Lyn Di Iorio, Junot Díaz, Monica Hanna, Jennifer Harford Vargas, Ylce Irizarry, Claudia Milian, Julie Avril Minich, Paula M. L. Moya, Sarah Quesada, José David Saldívar, Ramón Saldívar, Silvio Torres-Saillant, Deborah R. Vargas

Tree of Smoke

Tree of Smoke Author Denis Johnson
ISBN-10 9781509829996
Year 2016-02-11
Pages
Language en
Publisher Pan Macmillan
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Tree of Smoke – the name given to a ‘psy op’ that might or might not be hypothetical and might or might not be officially sanctioned – is Denis Johnson’s most gripping, visionary and ambitious work to date. Set in south-east Asia and the US, and spanning two decades, it ostensibly tells the story of Skip Sands, a CIA spy who may or may not be engaged in psychological operations against the Viet Cong -- but also takes the reader on a surreal yet vivid journey, dipping in and out of characters’ lives to reveal fundamental truths at the heart of the human condition. ‘A Catch-22 for our times’ Alan Warner, Books of the Year, Observer 'The God I want to believe in has a voice and a sense of humour like Denis Johnson's' Jonathan Franzen ‘An epic of drenched sensuality and absurdly chewable dialogue, as though Don DeLillo and Joseph Heller had collaborated on a Vietnam war novel’ Steven Poole, Books of the Year, New Statesman