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2FL Short & Video: Tony Ramos

Below is a collection of 2FL Short and Video reviews originally posted on 2FL's Facebook page.

November 22, 2011
2FL SHORT: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Tony Ramos

With "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao", Junot Díaz wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning novel about a 1st generation born Latino in the U.S. In it, we meet the fictitious young c
haracter, Oscar de León. Oscar is a young Latino who doesn't fit the stereotype that a lot of Latin men have. He is overweight, doesn't know how to dance, isn't smooth with the ladies, and to top it all off, he's a fantasy/science fiction nerd.

Throughout the novel, the narrator of the story (a college friend of Oscar's) named Yunior, chronicles Oscar's nerdy ways and his ever quest to find love with a girl ... any girl. The novel also includes chapters that deal with Oscar's sister Lola, his mother Belicia's tragic life in the Dominican Republic, and his grandfather Abelard's trouble with a dictatorship government.

This prestigious novel is touching, funny, and heartbreaking. It full of Latin energy, experiences, and language (Diaz uses a lot of bilingual language). Nevertheless, readers from any cultural background will truly enjoy this novel because it is full of characters seeking the most universal of human desires. The desire to be accepted. More importantly, the desire to be loved, especially romantically by another human being.