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04-30-2013, 07:06 PM
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From Wiki: Although a work of fiction, the novel is set in New Jersey where Díaz was raised and deals explicitly with his ancestral homeland's experience under dictator Rafael Trujillo. It has received numerous positive reviews from critics and went on to win numerous prestigious awards in 2008, such as the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The book chronicles both the life of Oscar de Leon, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey who is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels and with falling in love, as well as the curse that has plagued his family for generations.

Holy hell, this is the most hilarious novel I have ever read. Diaz is a ******* genius. When critics use the cliched terms 'hip, edgy, and cool", this is actually what they're talking about. Just read it, you won't be disappointed.

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