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The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao

by Díaz, Junot, 1968-

Format: Book on CD 2007
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
Carnegie Library of McKeesport AV CD-BK F DIA
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
 
Collection  AV
 
Call Number  CD-BK F DIA
 
 
Penn Hills Library Audio Visual CD DIA
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
Collection  Audio Visual
 
Call Number  CD DIA
 
 
Sewickley Public Library AV - Audiobooks CD F DIA
Location  Sewickley Public Library
 
Collection  AV - Audiobooks
 
Call Number  CD F DIA
 
 
Summary



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

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Contents
Disc 1-9. The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao
Disc 1-4. Drown.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: ""*Starred Review* Díaz's gutsy short story collection Drown (1996) made the young Dominican American a literary star. Readers who have had to wait a decade for his first novel are now spectacularly rewarded. Paralleling his own experiences growing up in the Dominican Republic and New Jersey, he has choreographed a family saga at once sanguinary and sexy that confronts the horrific brutality at loose during the reign of the dictator Trujillo. Díaz's besieged characters look to the supernatural for explanations and hope, from fukú, the curse unleashed when Europeans arrived on Hispaniola, to the forces dramatized in the works of science fiction and fantasy so beloved by the chubby ghetto nerd Oscar Wao, the brilliantly realized boy of conscience at the center of this whirlwind tale. Writing in a combustible mix of slang and lyricism, Díaz loops back and forth in time and place, generating sly and lascivious humor in counterpoint to tyranny and sorrow. And his characters Oscar, the hopeless romantic; Lola, his no-nonsense sister; their heartbroken mother; and the irresistible homeboy narrator cling to life with the magical strength of superheroes, yet how vibrantly human they are. Propelled by compassion, Díaz's novel is intrepid and radiant."--"Seaman, Donna" Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "What a bargain to have D!az'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 D!az's brilliant work. Simultaneous release with the Riverhead hardcover (Reviews, June 18). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Dominican Americans -- Fiction.
New Jersey -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Dominican Republic -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Short stories.
Audiobooks.
Publisher New York :Penguin Audio,2007
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Drown.
Contributors Davis, Jonathan (Narrator), narrator.
Snell, Staci.
Participants/Performers Read by Jonathan Davis with Staci Snell. Drown read by Jonathan Davis.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Container also includes the collection of short stories titled Drown.
Description 13 audio discs (16 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780143142805
0143142801
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