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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz **** (of 4)

What a masterful, entertaining (if one can use such a word for such despicable deeds), and unique way of telling the story of Trujillo’s dictatorial devastation of the Dominican Republic and the impact it continues to have on the Dominican Diaspora.  Oscar Wao, the protagonist, is a nerdy, Dominican fan of Sci Fi growing up beneath the dark shadow of his homeland and his mother’s experience of political tyranny.  Oscar’s tribulations taught me much about the Dominican experience in the U.S. and on the island.  June 2009.