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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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Publisher Comments:

The long-awaited-and thrillingly satisfying, genuinely original- first novel from the unmistakable voice behind the story collection Drown.

Review:

"What a bargain to have Daz's short story collection, Drown, included (on the last five CDs) with the talented, emerging Dominican-American writer's first novel. Davis reads both superbly. He captures not only the fat, virginal, impractical Oscar, but he also gives a sexy vigor to Yunior, who serves as narrator and Oscar's polar opposite. Davis also gives voice to Oscar's mother, Beli, whose fuk curse infects the entire family, except for Oscar's sister, Lola, performed in a flat voice by Snell, whose performance overlooks Lola's energy and resolve. Both Snell and Davis move easily from English to Spanish/Spanglish and back again, as easily as the characters emigrate from the Dominican Republic to Paterson, N.J., only to be drawn back inexorably to their native island. Listeners unfamiliar with Spanish may have difficulty following some of the dialogue. However, it's better to lose a few sentences than to miss Davis's riveting performance, perfect pace and rich voice, which are perfectly suited to Daz's brilliant work. Simultaneous release with the Riverhead hardcover (Reviews, June 18). (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The long-awaited--and thrillingly satisfying, genuinely original--first novel from the unmistakable voice behind the story collection, "Drown." Unabridged. 8 CDs.

About the Author

Junot Díaz’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Best American Short Stories. His highly-anticipated first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was greeted with rapturous reviews, including Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times calling it “a book that decisively establishes him as one of contemporary fiction's most distinctive and irresistible new voices.” His debut story collection, Drown, published eleven years prior to Oscar Wao, was also met with unprecedented acclaim; it became a national bestseller, won numerous awards, and has since grown into a landmark of contemporary literature. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey, Díaz lives in New York City and is a professor of creative writing at MIT.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143142805
Publisher:
Penguin Audio
Subject:
Literary
With:
Snell, Staci
Read by:
Davis, Jonathan
Read:
Davis, Jonathan
Read:
Davis, Jonathan, Lauren
Author:
Diaz, Junot
Author:
D
Author:
az, Junot
Subject:
Dominican Americans
Subject:
Blessing and cursing
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Audiobooks
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
20070906
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Pages:
16
Dimensions:
6.34x6.00x1.54 in. .73 lbs.
Media Run Time:
300
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 16 pages Penguin Audiobooks - English 9780143142805 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "What a bargain to have Daz's short story collection, Drown, included (on the last five CDs) with the talented, emerging Dominican-American writer's first novel. Davis reads both superbly. He captures not only the fat, virginal, impractical Oscar, but he also gives a sexy vigor to Yunior, who serves as narrator and Oscar's polar opposite. Davis also gives voice to Oscar's mother, Beli, whose fuk curse infects the entire family, except for Oscar's sister, Lola, performed in a flat voice by Snell, whose performance overlooks Lola's energy and resolve. Both Snell and Davis move easily from English to Spanish/Spanglish and back again, as easily as the characters emigrate from the Dominican Republic to Paterson, N.J., only to be drawn back inexorably to their native island. Listeners unfamiliar with Spanish may have difficulty following some of the dialogue. However, it's better to lose a few sentences than to miss Davis's riveting performance, perfect pace and rich voice, which are perfectly suited to Daz's brilliant work. Simultaneous release with the Riverhead hardcover (Reviews, June 18). (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The long-awaited--and thrillingly satisfying, genuinely original--first novel from the unmistakable voice behind the story collection, "Drown." Unabridged. 8 CDs.
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