This is a text that is obviously about the brief “wondrous” life of Oscar Wao. I find myself often questioning the placement of the word wondrous, which is defined as inspiring a feeling of wonder or delight; marvelous. Oscar, profoundly, instigates the opposite of the meaning for those very words. It is the kind of book that will make you scream at the pages and roll your eyes in hopes that your strained moving of the folio would spur up better judgement and decision-making by the novel’s focal point character. But, I learned the hard way: my frustrations would mean absolutely nothing.
Junot Diaz interlinks this brief [disastrous] life with rich culture, one that is dated back many years on an island that has been grimly divided due to colonization and the brain washing of self-loathing. Diaz, of Dominican lineage, picks at the unfortunate events within his culture and utilizes the moment to prove many vivid points. It is a fiction story, yes, but the historical context isn’t. Exploiting the use of footnotes, Diaz taught me many things in a voice that I could relate to. In a text that is culturally motivated through the fluency in utilizing two languages, Diaz is proof that history can be made fun.