The Extended Life of Oscar Wao
I finally, finally, finally got around to reading Junot Diaz’s The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the book. I thought it was going to be one thing and it turned out to be something positively else. I still have 100 pages to go, but I decided to do a post because I’ve grown tired of visiting this blog and seeing a big picture of Marilyn Monroe staring back at me.
I wanted to do a quick post/excerpt from Oscar Wao, but discovered that Diaz just released a new book—like yesterday. More on that:
On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness–and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own. In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that “the half-life of love is forever.”
From what I understand, Yunior, who made his first appearance in Drown, and then shows up again to narrate Oscar Wao, now reveals himself again in This is How to Lose Her. I’m definitely interested. I just hope it doesn’t take me as long to get around to the latest one. You know how it is when you have an endless list of books you’ve always wanted to read. Speaking of which, don’t forget to take a sneak peek at the excerpt from Diaz’s latest.
Happy reading, y’all.