La breve y maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao / The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Paperback)

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“Literary deejay Diaz spins magical realism, anime, Tolkien, and minority-literature-as-ethnography into a remix of the immigrant's tale from the hands of a master. This is the smartest, funniest, and sharpest novel of the year and confirms his virtuosic ability to communicate Dominican-American experience with vibrancy and honesty.”
— LaTissia Mitchell, Shaman Drum Bookshop, Ann Arbor, MI

Description


Una crónica familiar que abarca tres generaciones y dos países, La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao cuenta la historia del gordiflón y solitario Oscar de León en su intento de convertirse en el J.R.R. Tolkien Dominicano y su desafortunada búsqueda del amor.

Pero Oscar sólo es la última víctima del fukú —una maldición que durante generaciones ha perseguido a su familia, condenándoles a vidas de tortura, sufrimiento y amor desdichado. Con unos personajes inolvidables y una prosa vibrante e hipnótica, esta novela confirma a Junot Díaz como una de las mejores y más deslumbrantes voces de nuestra época, y nos ofrece una sobrecogedora visión de la inagotable capacidad humana para perseverar y arriesgarlo todo por amor.

ENGLISH DESCRIPTION

Winner of:The Pulitzer PrizeThe National Book Critics Circle AwardThe Anisfield-Wolf Book AwardThe Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel PrizeA Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the Year

One of the best books of 2007 according to: The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, People, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Salon, Baltimore City Paper, The Christian Science Monitor, Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, New York Public Library, and many more…

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.

About the Author


Junot Díaz es el autor de una colección de relatos Negocios, y sus obras han aparecido en New Yorker, The Paris Review, y la antología de los mejores relatos breves Best American Short Stories. Ha recibido el Premio Pen/ Malamud, el Premio de Ficción del National Books Critics Circle, el Premio Anisfield-Wolf y el Premio Pulitzer de Ficción. Nació en Santo Domingo, República Dominicana, creció en Nueva Jersey, y vive entre Nueva York y Boston, donde es editor de ficción de la revista Boston Review y profesor en la universidad MIT.

Praise For…


Elogios para
La breve y maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao
 
“La breve y maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao, de Junot Díaz, es una maravillosa y no tan breve opera prima tan desbordante de originalidad que sólo se puede comparar a un híbrido entre Mario Vargas Llosa, Star Trek, David Foster Wallace y Kanye West. Es divertida, lúcida y llena de penetrantes observaciones”. —New York Times
 
“Genial… un relato de la experiencia americana vertiginosamente glorioso e inolvidablemente horrendo… Su relato es un triunfo del estilo y la agudeza… El hecho de que la novela de Díaz, además, esté repleta de ideas, que el brillante discurso de Yunior pueda medirse con los monólogos del Zuckerman, de Roth -en pocas palabras, que haya creado una obra de ficción moderna verdaderamente prodigiosa- convierten a La breve y maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao en un ejemplo sumamente raro. Estamos ante un libro en el que se puede ver reflejado un Nuevo Estados Unidos, aunque lo mismo puede ocurrirle a cualquier otra persona”. —San Francisco Chronicle
 
“La prosa de Díaz es rebelde, frenética, seductora… En el paisaje descrito por Díaz, somos todos iguales, víctimas de una historia y un presente que no sólo se desangran juntos sino también se cuecen juntos. A menudo en un caldo de hilaridad. Las más de las veces en medio del sufrimiento”. —Esquire
 
“En la imaginación de numerosos escritores, son las historias no contadas las que impulsan al lector, aquellos giros vibrantes, vívidos, mágicos e históricos de la humanidad que constituyen nuestro entendimiento. La maravillosa primera novela de Junot Díaz nos ofrece todo aquello y más, nos cautiva con su poesía enérgica y nos ofrece un retrato espléndido de la gente corriente en el escenario de la historia extraordinariamente cruel de la República Dominicana en el siglo XX”.
—Edward P. Jones, autor de The Known World
 
“Oscuro y exuberante… fértil y festivo… este libro apasionado, divertido y trágico es, sobre todo, justo lo que un lector habría esperado de una novela de Junot Díaz”.
Publishers Weekly
 
“Pocos libros requieren la advertencia de “altamente inflamable”, pero La breve y maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao, la tan esperada primera novela de Junot Díaz, quemará el corazón de los lectores y les chamuscará los sentidos. La novela de Díaz se empapa del ritmo desenfrenado del mundo real, y también está teñida de realismo mágico y de los cuentos fantásticos clásicos”. —USA Today
 
“Óscar Wao nos revela a un novelista comprometido con la cultura, por arriba y por abajo, con su lenguaje políglota”. —Newsweek
 
“Los lectores que han tenido que esperar una década para leer la primera novela de Díaz han sido espectacularmente recompensados”. —Booklist
 
“Fecunda y vital… El hecho de que Díaz alcance cotas tan altas en su primera novela es notable, pero no sorprendente. Su colección de cuentos, titulada Negocios, de 1997, suscitó críticas que lo situaron en primera línea. En el caso de su primera novela, y al
contrario de lo habitual, la frase “esperada con avidez”, no es una exageración”. —The Oregonian
 
“La fuerza motriz de la novela de Díaz es su voz, tan nítida y llena de energía como versátil. Es su voz la que inspira todo el placer, la tragedia y la maravilla que nos queda de la vida breve y llena de añoranza de Óscar Wao”. —The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“Hispanohablantes maduros, especialmente aquellos de América Latina, encontrarán la exquisita versión de Obejas tan poderosa y conmovedora como el gran premiado original en inglés, publicado para adultos. Para ayudar a los lectores, la traductora incluye, de manera acertada, notas al pie para explicar expresiones coloquiales y referentes que puedan ser nuevos para los latinoamericanos, como las series de televisión americanas y los cómics. Ella también aclara neologismos y coloquialismos. Situadas en la República Dominicana durante el horrendo régimen del dictador Trujillo y en los barrios de la infructuosa Nueva Jersey, las historias de Óscar y de Lola reflejan las luchas dentro de las familias latinas y de sus comunidades”. —Isabel Schon, Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679776697
ISBN-10: 0679776699
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
Publication Date: September 2nd, 2008
Pages: 368
Language: Spanish
Series: Vintage Espanol

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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