The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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Second book of the year : The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao written by Junot Díaz.
I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this one. I did not read the back of the book or researched anything about the writer or the book before I started reading it.
I bought the book more than a year ago at a book fair only knowing it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It definitely deserved the prize.

Reading this book was an amazing experience and an emotional rollercoaster. The story is about Oscar, his family and the dark history and hard life they have to lead.
The book can be hilarious and I really liked the nerdy aspect of Oscar. Reminded me of some people I used to know when I was into computer gaming.
Though often funny, I found this book to be very dark. Oscar’s life and the history of his family is filled with horrifying and disastrous events. Specially the story of his grandfather was a very dark one and was told in such a realistic manner that even I started to fear for my own children ( though I don’t have children, yet).
This was my favorite part of the book, I was more emotionally attached to Oscar’s grandfather then to Oscar himself, who was after all the main character of the book.

The ending was great and very fulfilling. It made me think a lot about my own life and what I want from the future. And it definitely made me realise how lucky I am to be able to write my own opinions and feelings without being sliced into pieces by an evil dictator.

That’s life for you. All the happiness you gather to yourself, it will sweep it away like it’s nothing. If you ask me I don’t think there are any such things as curses. I think there is only life. That’s enough.

Tuesday, I crashed my car getting back from work. Luckily no one got hurt. I have to buy myself a new car though. I stayed very relaxed the entire week and could not stop thinking about Oscar and the things he and his family had to go through. Crashing my car just didn’t compare to their misery.
It sounds a bit strange and corny, I know. But this is why I decided to do this challenge. I wanted to grow as a person, become a better human being and realise what I want out of life.

It’s only my second book and I feel both books already tought me some very valuable lessons I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Thank you mister Díaz.



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The Power of One

Cover of "The Power of One: A Novel"

Cover of The Power of One: A Novel

The Power of One, written  by Bryce Courtenay became the first book of my 2012 reading challenge. I already owned the book for more than a year so it was about time I would finish it once and for all. The story is about Peekay, a young boy who grows up in Africa with a dream of becoming the welterweight champion of the world. This is not a book about boxing, it’s a book about the journey Peekay has to go through to achieve his goal.

First with your head and then with your heart..

I have to say I loved the book. I liked how it would be funny and sometimes very bizarre while the next chapter would be so sad and emotional. The book is filled with wonderful characters who surround Peekay. All of them have some sort of impact on Peekay’s life.

The biggest reason I liked the book is the friendship and adventures Peekay has with his best friend Doc. Doc, who is an old German living in Africa to study the cactus takes Peekay under his wings and learns him the values of life.

It sure was an amazing journey and I’m very glad I purchased the book, even though it took more than a year for me to start reading it. This shows that most of our bookshelf’s still have some hidden treasures.

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