Sunday, June 21, 2009

Book Club - Our Choice

So out of the two books I reviewed in my previous blog, the book club decided to begin with reading 'The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao' by Junot Diaz. As it is this year's winner of the Pultizer we thought why not give it a go!
I am only a few chapters in so far but I'm already captured by the story and the style of writing, which I am finding quite unique. We've only really encountered Oscar so far and are being told of his plight, having been a handsome young boy popular with the ladies and full of domincan 'machismo' Oscar has grown steadily in to a totally charmless, overweight nerd who has about as much charsima with the girls as a slug. And poor Oscar is a hopeless romantic to boot, falling in love at every hands turn. Its bad enough being a gormless unattractive teenager at the best of times but to be a dominican male, supposed to exude mojo and swat off the ladies, and be failing, is unbareable! I can't wait to see what happens to Oscar next. Alongside the narrative is a series of very interesting if somewhat distracting footnotes. These give the reader an outline of the history and folklore of the Dominican Republic. I am finding these asides very interesting but I'm still unsure if I will be happy to leave the story to read them in the coming chapters......... I wonder how the others in the bookclub are finding it so far???

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