The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao ~ Junot Diaz

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Rating: 1/5

I did not finish this book. This one was not for me, and after reading another work of his, This is How You Lose Her, I think I’m just going to have to admit to myself that I don’t enjoy Diaz’s writing style. I don’t think it was a terrible book, but I have a hard time wading through books that feel like they overuse profanities and are rather crude. It’s not something I’m used to, and while I understand that these kinds of interactions are everyday commonplace for plenty of people, and I want to empathize with these kinds of desires and needs, I have a really hard time connecting to Diaz’s story.

As with his other novel, I found I had a hard time understanding who was who and who was important throughout the story. This was an even more confusing experience on audio. I’m not sure I care about everyone he’s ever interacted with. I would compare my experience of this book to that of Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings in that they felt the same amount of boring, although I found myself caring even less about these characters.


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