Last week I finished the novel from Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I was walking through the O'Hare airport when I found it. I had heard about the author from an old colleague of mine that was an upperclassman when I was a first-year student. I was happy with the physical copy. I sometimes miss reading books off the screen. This sentiment in my life is shared by many people but I like to reiterate it.
There seems to be some magical realism present in the story as the narrator casts the explanation of Fuku on a variety of things in the lives of the characters. By taking time to evaluate the basis of each member of the immediate family, we gain not only a better understanding of the struggles the family witnessed, but also the struggles that the entire nation of the DR witnessed during the period of the dictatorship of Trujillo.
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