It may have been written a decade ago, but the method of choosing to read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was entirely new for me. As someone who works in the digital world, I decided for the first time to let the force of the internet choose my next kindle download. Surfing a few well-ranked pages with titles like “best 20 books of the last decade.” Or the “top 50 modern novels,” this unusually titled novel kept popping up right in the top few ratings. Curious as to what it was about, but also determined to veer off into a genre away from the usual suspects I usually opt for, this charming book left quite an impression and was certainly nothing like I’d ever read before. It’s distinct nature is clearly a major factor in it winning the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Not even the unusual way of telling the story through several connected characters, the regular use of Spanish (words which eventually you learn to just wash over you), or the way it sneakily teaches you a fair chunk of brutal Dominican Republic history, can it slow down the page turning.