‘The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao’

‘The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao’ a novel by Junot Díaz, presents the reader with violence, machismo, injustice, sexism, and tenderness. It’s a virtuoso extravaganza packed with references to nerdy popular culture, and highbrow literature. The prose is so dense with wit and puns that you find yourself stopping to reread memorable lines that you can’t let yourself forget. This ticks the ‘I wish I’d written something vaguely like that’ box, although of course only the author, Junot Díaz, could have written this novel because it’s uniquely his.