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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Junot Díaz

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Overview

Author: Junot Díaz

Year Published: 2007

Type: Novel

Genre: Fiction

Perspective and Narrator:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao has multiple first-person narrators, but it is mainly narrated from the perspective of Yunior, a friend of Oscar's family. Oscar's sister, Lola, narrates other sections, and brief stories told by other characters are interspersed throughout. Narrators at times directly address the reader.

Tense:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is told in both the past and present tenses.

About the Title:

Oscar is one of the main characters of the novel, and he dies at a young age after experiencing many trials and tribulations. Wao is a nickname the narrator bestows on him because classmates think he looks like Irish writer Oscar Wilde. Wao is an accented pronunciation of Wilde that resembles both the name of Dictator Mao Zedong and the English word wow. The title draws emphasis to the blend of English and Spanish and the Dominican and American cultures the novel addresses.

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