Oct 29, 2013
This Literature to Life® presentation features the delicately brutal words of Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. In this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel we chronicle the life of Oscar de Leon. An overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey, Oscar is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. The family fukú, or curse, declares its power throughout our story, and finally becomes real for Oscar after receiving a near-death beating. We come to understand the culture of fear and violence that has resulted from Trujillo’s 30+ year dictatorship of the Dominican Republic, and the importance of facing fear with love. Perhaps those least expected will be your saving grace.
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