Book: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

This is one of the top 100 books, and not one I would have picked up on my own. But this story, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and the writing, drew me fully in, and I was watching what was happening like it was a dream, or a hazy, shocking memory from my own past. These were made more real by the descriptions of the Dominican Republic that are so similar to many of my memories of India, and of true stories through the grapevine.

The story is vivid and visceral, and the sense of place is palpable. I love all the references to others books I have read, and especially to Watchmen, which I read recently, reminding me how important the order in which we read books are to how we feel about them.

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